Tolerance reduced in India and US: Rahul Gandhi to Ex-US Diplomat
“When you divide African Americans, Mexicans and other people in the United States, so you divide Hindus and Muslims and Sikhs in India, you're weakening the structure of the country,” the former Congress president told former American diplomat Burns.
Referring to the diplomatic relationship between India and the United States, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, “Why our partnership works is because we are tolerant systems.” Gandhi was speaking to former American diplomat Nicholas Burns.
On Thursday, the Congress party released a video of the conversation between Gandhi and Burns. The former American diplomat had expressed concerns over the turmoil triggered by the alleged murder of George Floyd.
“We are very tolerant nations. Our DNA is supposed to be tolerant,” Gandhi said. He emphasised that the space for tolerance has reduced in both nations.
“But the surprising thing is that open DNA has disappeared. I say this with sadness that I don’t see that level of tolerance in India and the United States,” the Congress president told Burns.
Responding to the Gandhi scion’s comments, Burns said that even now there are people who have chosen non-violent resistance for the ethos of democracy. Referring to the #BlackLivesMatter protests, he said, “This week, we have people demonstrating all over the country peacefully on behalf of tolerance, inclusion, and minority rights. All these are central issues in the core of our democracy.”
Burns further added that the difference between an “authoritative” regime like China and the two democratic nations – India and the US – is that “we can correct ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Gandhi said that division weakens the country.
“When you divide African Americans, Mexicans and other people in the United States, so you divide Hindus and Muslims and Sikhs in India, you're weakening the structure of the country,” the former Congress president told Burns. He further added, “The same people who weaken the structure of the country say - they are the nationalists.”