Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to speak at the University of California, Berkeley, a prestigious American university, on September 11 on his view of contemporary India and the path forward, the varsity announced. The Congress vice-president will give a lecture on ‘India At 70: Reflections On The Path Forward’, an event sponsored by the Berkeley Research on Contemporary India Program (Institute of International Studies) and Institute for South Asia Studies, as per their website.
“Rahul Gandhi has led the reorganisation of India’s Congress Party since becoming the vice president of the party in 2013. At UC Berkeley, he will offer his reflections on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy. He follows in the footsteps of his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, who delivered a historic speech at Berkeley in 1949,” it said.
Meanwhile, according to PTI, rights group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has called upon the university to withdraw the speaking invitation to Gandhi, citing the Congress party’s alleged role in the anti-Sikh riots that erupted following the assassination of Gandhi’s grandmother former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.