Dubai, Jan 12: Indian students studying in the UAE will have an increasingly important role to play in shaping the future of India, according to Rahul Gandhi, present of All India Congress Committee.
Interacting with the students at the Institute of Management Technology Dubai on Saturday, the second day of his two-day visit to the UAE, Gandhi said NRI (Non-Resident Indian) students’ knowledge and understanding will serve the interests of India and be beneficial to the UAE as well.
“You’re NRIs… You have a role in India, and it's a role that will increase, not decrease,” he told students during an interactive session with them.
Gandhi said India will need the “help and service” from NRI graduates in solving job and agriculture “crises” in India. He added that India is currently suffering from “the highest rate of unemployment in over a decade… It's important that India accepts we have a job crisis and an agricultural crisis. These two have to be resolved and they will require your help and service”.
He added: “I'm very proud of what you do and I know you will serve India and the UAE very effectively.”
Another main challenge facing India is the “intolerance that is visible today in India… We don't like an India that is divided… where people are beaten up and killed for what they say; where journalists are shot. That's the real challenge in the next election and a large number to people aren't happy with what's going on”.
The interactive session saw Gandhi take a variety of questions from students on healthcare, women's empowerment, industry, business, education, etc — and also pose a few questions of his own.
Gandhi asked various students questions such as what they would do as prime minister of India, where they would work and why, how can there be unity in diversity, how the Middle East is different from India, and others.
“I can ask tough questions,” Gandhi said in a light moment with students. He is scheduled to visit Abu Dhabi later on Saturday to meet business leaders.
On Friday, Gandhi had addressed tens of thousands of India expats at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
India needs you: Rahul Gandhi tells NRI students in Dubai