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Rahul Gandhi's jibe at Centre: Economy is growing but wealth is in few hands

Rahul Gandhi's jibe at Centre: Economy is growing but wealth is in few hands

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said that "India's economy is growing, but the wealth is getting concentrated in a few hands and the challenge of unemployment continues".

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said that "India's economy is growing, but the wealth is getting concentrated in a few hands and the challenge of unemployment continues".

The Congress leader shared on X a video of the interaction held on December 15, and said, "My advice to all students - True power comes from connecting with people, listening deeply to what they're saying, and being kind to yourself."

In an interaction with some students of Harvard University, he was asked about India's economic growth in the last 10 years.

Responding to this, the Congress leader said, "When you talk about economic development, you have to ask the question in whose interest is that economic development."

"The question to ask is, what is the nature of that growth and who is benefiting from that. Right next to the figure of growth in India, you have the figure of unemployment in India. So India's growing, but the way it's growing is by massively concentrating wealth towards very few people," he said.

Gandhi further said, "We are operating on a debt sort of model, and we are no longer producing. We have two or three businesses that are pretty much entire businesses."

The real challenge in India is how do we set up a production economy that is able to give large numbers of people jobs, he added.

"We have Mr Adani, everybody knows he is directly connected to the prime minister, he owns all our ports, airports, our infrastructure! With that kind of concentration, you will get growth, but you will not get any distribution," he said.

When asked why this has not translated into an electoral outcome or mobilisation of people, Gandhi said there is a massive mobilisation, but there is a requirement for an "infrastructure to fight an election".

"You need a fair media, a fair legal system, a fair election commission, access to finance, institutions that are neutral. Imagine a United States where the IRS, the FBI, their full time job is destroying the lives of the opposition. So that's the paradigm we're in. I didn't walk 4,000 kilometers because I like walking 4,000 kilometers. I walked 4,000 kilometers because there was no other way to get our message across," he said, referring to his 'Bharat Jodo Yatra'.

"Even my social media is fully capped. I've got a shadow ban 24/7...my Twitter's under control, my YouTube is under control and I'm not alone, the entire opposition. I don't think India is running a free and fair democracy anymore," he said.

Edited By: Joydeep Hazarika
Published On: Dec 23, 2023