Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi in his latest video message on China and ‘national vision’

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi in his latest video message on China and ‘national vision’

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Congress leader and former party president Rahul Gandhi today sharpened his attack on the Centre and PM Modi, tweeting out that the prime minister is 100 per cent focused on building his own image. “India’s captured institutions are all busy doing this task. One man’s image is not a substitute for a national vision,” Gandhi posted along with a video. In a two-minute-long video, Gandhi talked about India’s ties with China after the brutal Galwan valley clash in June wherein 20 Indian Army soldiers were killed.

“If you deal with them (China) with a position of strength, you can deal with them,” Gandhi said in the video. Gandhi said that if the Chinese sense weakness, then it will be a problem. “Dealing with the situation with China requires a vision, an international vision,” Gandhi said, adding that India needs to have a global vision and needs to become an idea in itself.

Gandhi said that a massive opportunity will be missed by not thinking long-term and big.

He added that we (Indians) are fighting among ourselves, look at the politics. An Indian is fighting an Indian, which shows there is no clear cut vision going forward.

Gandhi said that his responsibility is to question PM Modi and put forth questions, so that “he does his work”.

“It is the PM’s responsibility to give the vision and I can guarantee you that it is not there and that is why the Chinese (troops) are in there,” Gandhi concluded.  

Security agencies red-flag Chinese firms in education, power and telecom

An exercise to limit the role of power and telecom companies believed to be linked to the Communist Party of China could be expanded to cover other critical sectors such as higher education as well, people familiar with the development said after a July 15 review of the penetration of such businesses and institutions in the Indian economy.

The high-level meeting attended by national security planners and a select group of secretary-level officials comes against the backdrop of the Chinese army’s aggressive moves along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that led to a stand-off from May 5 this year. India and China earlier this month started disengaging at the face-off points in eastern Ladakh after several rounds of talks but Beijing has been slow to pull back its military.

The initiative was aimed at coming up with a comprehensive assessment of the footprint of Chinese firms and institutions that could be a proxy for the Chinese government or have close ties to the ruling communist party. The exercise was driven by the top political leadership,” a government official confirmed.

Much of the discussion at the review meeting focussed on a presentation made by security agencies that highlighted two core areas; telecom and higher education.

Security officials who briefed the bureaucrats spoke about several instances of universities and colleges tying up with Chinese institutes through Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) without the requisite approvals.