Community

Sachin Pilot: We Oppose Lynching

Sachin Pilot: We Oppose Lynching

The Indian Overseas Congress (IOC), Australia, held public reception for two senior leaders of the Indian National Congress, Mr Sachin Pilot – former Union minister and president of Rajasthan Congress – and Mr Milind Deora – former Union minister – on July 29 at the Dezire Function Centre in Blacktown. Both were earlier hosted in Melbourne on July 27 and in Auckland on July 28.

The event proved highly successful with a jam-packed hall including audiences from different communities, community leaders, local councillors and some parliamentarians. Manoj Sheoran, the Australian National President of IOC,  delivered a welcome speech and briefly explained the main objectives of their organisation. Following this, Mr Sachin Pilot and Mr Milind Deora addressed the audiences and lauded the contribution of the Indian diaspora in enhancing Australia-India ties and requested the community to keep pushing politicians for issues concerning the diaspora.

Speaking about the Congress party’s 2019-election preparations, Sachin Pilot said that under the leadership of party president Rahul Gandhi, the party would stand for its core values and beliefs while Milind Deoara declared: “The Congress party will present an alternate view on investment, job creation, skill building and agricultural economy. Issues that matter to people should be of priority rather than unnecessary things. Politics is increasingly becoming about persona and personalities and less about issues. Religion, caste and personalities are non-issues aimed at distracting voters from the core issues, ”adding: “Congress has to learn from the BJP, the art of political communication.”

On the question of granting dual citizenship, Deora said that the main concern was allowing Indians – who are citizens of Australia or any other country – to vote in India. “That’s something we will try to achieve when we are back in power. There’s no reason why we can’t resolve this issue,” he said.

To a similar question raised on the dynasty issue prevalent in the Congress party, Deora clarified that this was a misconception concerning the Gandhi family, because Mrs Sonia Gandhi had handed over the prime ministership to Dr Manmohan Singh last time.

Pilot too, mentioned that in the last 30 years, no one from the Gandhi family had occupied the position of prime minister, chief minister or any minister.

Issues concerning mob lynching and growing social tensions in the country, were also raised, to which Pilot said: “There are laws in India, including those on cow slaughter. If anyone violates them, the due process of law should take its own course. But on mere suspicion, you cannot attack and kill people in broad daylight. We oppose this trend, we condemn it. Those convicted of lynching are being garlanded by political leaders, our country cannot afford to have this.”

After the in-conversation Q&A session, moderated by Dr Partha Gangopadhya, IOC office bearers Sukha Singh, Mallikarjun, Abhishek Gagneja, Rajashekar Reddy and Kadambari honoured the two leaders with Australian souvenirs.

Community

More in Community

15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas To Be Held In Varansi

The Indian TelegraphNovember 1, 2018

NSW Takes Gold Medal For Jobs Creation

The Indian TelegraphOctober 25, 2018

From The Premier’s Desk: Cost of Living

The Indian TelegraphOctober 9, 2018

Naturally Luxurious Display Centre Opens Doors To Sydneysiders This Weekend

The Indian TelegraphOctober 9, 2018

Sydney’s First 4DX Cinema To Launch At EVENT Cinemas George Street

The Indian TelegraphSeptember 26, 2018

The Bitter Truth About Sugar

Madhusmitha KrishnamurthySeptember 20, 2018

Indian Migrants Sent US$5.71bn In Remittances To Other Countries In 2017

The Indian TelegraphSeptember 14, 2018

Ash Venkat Represents India At Pageant Of The World

Vish ViswanathanAugust 30, 2018

AEC Calls On Hindi Speakers To Register For Election Work

The Indian TelegraphAugust 28, 2018

Business Confidence Soars In Regional NSW

The Indian TelegraphAugust 20, 2018

As Floods Ravage Kerala, Labor Urges Oz Government To Extend Helping Hand

The Indian TelegraphAugust 20, 2018

Free Counselling For Western Sydney Parents

The Indian TelegraphAugust 16, 2018

Global Movie & TV Piracy On The Rise As Criminals Profit From OTT Streaming Credentials Available on Dark Web For Under $9

The Indian TelegraphAugust 14, 2018

Crown Group Offers The Benefits Of Being Elite

The Indian TelegraphAugust 14, 2018

NSW Cost Of Living Service Goes ‘LIVE’

The Indian TelegraphAugust 14, 2018

Superstar Celeb Judges Announced For Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition’18

The Indian TelegraphAugust 9, 2018

MAV Announces Two International Cultural Collaborations With Singapore

The Indian TelegraphAugust 8, 2018

Migration: An Honest Picture

Jyotsna SharmaAugust 8, 2018

Strike A Pose, It’s Never Too Late

Susheela SrinivasAugust 8, 2018

Refugee Week Wake-Up Call: We Can Do Better

Shivani SinghalAugust 8, 2018

Building On Australia’s Migrant Success Story

The Indian TelegraphAugust 8, 2018