Rahul Gandhi’s dialogue with former US diplomat Nicholas Burns: Key points | India News

NEW DELHI: Continuing with his series of interactions with global industry leaders, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday held a conversation with former US diplomat Nicholas Burns on how coronavirus crisis was reshaping the world order. Burns is currently the Professor of Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government. He was also the chief negotiator of the India-US nuclear deal.
Here are the key points:
* India and America are similar in many ways. We both fell prey to the British colony, both of us, in different centuries, liberated ourselves from that empire: Burns
* I feel we are alike and our partnership works because we are tolerant nations. Our DNA is tolerance. I say this with sadness that I don’t see the same tolerance anymore in the US and in India: RG
* I think you have caught on the core issue, tolerance. In the 1930s to 47-48. We will be back and strengthen our democracy: Burns
* People who portray ‘division’ as the strength of the country, they are actually weakening the country: RG
* Trump wraps himself in the flag and says only he can solve the problems. I would say in many ways he is an authoritarian: Burns
* I see how the US worked with Japan and the Koreas. But I no longer see that cooperation coming from the US anymore. We don’t look at the US for regional idea. We are look to the US for a bigger idea: RG
* You are right. We are looking for a big idea and it will come: Burns
* We are not looking for a conflict with China. We differ in our ideologies: Burns
* The most important battle for us, India and the US, is to bring back our countries back to the time before this aggressive approach. To come back to the table: RG
* There is something in the world which is making people more insulated. They don’t feel like cooperating instead leaders are taking unilateral decisions. In this time of crisis, US and China are not able to come together. I see similar pattern in the Europe. People are scared in this pandemic: RG
* If we set aside global political rivalries and focus on issues like climate change etc….these are the topics which affect all of us. These topics need us to stand together. And people will get some hope: Burns
* In terms of balance of power, people feel that China is winning. But I don’t see that happening. China is certainly gaining but lacks the sophistication of a democratic, transparent leadership systems like in the US and India. It has a fearful leadership. The Chinese leadership will not be able to accommodate people’s desire for more openness: Burns

[Source :Times of India]


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