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During his US tour Gandhi attended several meetings including a roundtable at Center for American Progress (CAP)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has raised alarm against rising intolerance and unemployment under Modi dispensation, which, according to him, posing a threat to India’s national security and development.

During his two-week US tour Gandhi attended a series of meetings including a roundtable with eminent South Asian experts hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic-leaning think tank.

The round table was attended by CAP head Neera Tandon, the former US Ambassador to India Richard Verma, and Hillary Clinton’s top campaign advisor John Podesta.

Participants of the meeting said that officials from the Trump administration sought Congress leader’s views on the US-India relationship and the recently announced US policy towards Afghanistan and South Asia while Gandhi met Lisa Curtis, the head of the South Asia division at the National Security Council of the White House.

As reported by IANS, Congress’ overseas wing INOC president Sudh Prakash Singh has stated that the meeting was organized to let NRIs get the basic idea about Rahul Gandhi’s vision and ideology. “We wanted him to have meetings with people, face-to-face, in order to turn around (his) image projected by the BJP through managed media. They are out to destroy his image and we are trying to do the opposite,” said Singh.

After another closed-door meeting with Rahul Gandhi, Republican strategist Puneet Ahluwalia said, “I would say he did not seem to be somebody who did not understand the issue. He has an understanding of the issue. He came across as more of a grass-root understanding leader. Everybody when they left they were pretty much very positive with the interaction.”

Earlier, addressing the students at the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi spoke about issues varying from the dynastic politics to the 1984 riots. Speaking on ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’, while Gandhi spoke about contemporary India, he further criticized the ruling Narendra Modi government over unemployment issues, newly introduced economic reforms and the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

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