The Indian Overseas Congress (IOC), Australia led by National President Manoj Sheoran organised a community engagement at two major Australian cities – Sydney and Melbourne for Honourable Mr Sam Pitroda. Often regarded as the “Father of Indian Telecom” Pitroda has served as advisor to two prime ministers, Rajiv Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, and headed various National level advisory commissions and organisations. He is also the Global Chairman of Indian Overseas Congress. His maiden visit to Australia was met with great enthusiasm among major leaders of the Indian community, Congress supporters and sympathisers.
Pitroda appreciated the efforts of Mr Manoj Sheoran and IOC team for organising the events and assured full support from INC. During the address, he recalled how visionary leaders of the Congress contributed towards taking India forward, eventually making it the third largest economy in world.
Speaking on the present scenario in India, Pitroda said: “What gets attention these days, is lies. Congress lost the elections because of lies. When India got independence, we had a clear idea of what we wanted. It was not just about democracy; it was about inclusion, the idea to rebuild a strong diverse, inclusive and democratic nation. This idea of India is being challenged now. But what goes down, comes up and vice versa.”
He added: “The Congress party is concerned about inclusiveness, about a democratic framework. It’s not just about development but also upliftment. India is a complex country; our fundamental problem is disparity; how to create employment for our young people is a challenge and the Congress has a vision for tackling this challenge”.
The response from the jam-packed hall was overwhelming. The interactive session turned out to be a huge hit especially with the increasing number of people queuing up for photographs with Sam Pitroda following the Q&A.