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As a political leader, in a democracy, I require- institutional support, a media that is objective, a judiciary that is aggressive, the ability to speak in Parliament. All those have been taken away from us. Where is this heading?: Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi interacts with Advocates at VOC College, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. Excerpts. via INC India:

A nation is a balance between its institutions. If that balance is disturbed, a nation is disturbed

In India there is – Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha, Panchayats, Judiciary, Free Press – these institutions together hold the nation in place. Over the last 6 years, we’ve seen a systematic attack on all these institutions

Democracy does not die with a bang, it dies slowly. I am sad to tell you that democracy is dead in India. It is dead because one organisation – the RSS has combined with huge finances to penetrate and disturb and destroy our institutional balance

There are many different manifestations of this – misuse of sedition law, killing & threatening of people, these are all symptoms.

The problem is- concentration of capital has combined with organisation of RSS & destroyed the institutional balance in the country

There are multiple other balances that have also been destroyed. India is a union of states, all states come together to form the nation. When you destroy institutional balance of the country, you also destroy the negotiation between the states

If all the states do not have equal say then the power balance between those states is destroyed and that is a serious problem for any country. This is what we are facing

The spirit of this meeting is to understand what is happening and to defend the Indian nation and India’s institutions from this brutal assault that is taking place

Choosing the right MLA candidate is just one component. If we look at MP, attempts in Rajasthan, Goa, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Arunachal, these are all Congress Govts, where people gave the mandate to us and concentration of capital took the mandate away from us

I know the amount of money that was thrown at MLAs in M.P., Rajasthan, we’re talking massive amounts of money. When you have a party that is fighting elections with thousands & thousands of crores & other parties are not allowed to raise finance

Financiers who would like to support opposition parties come and say look we understand what you’re standing for, we support what you’re standing for but if we give you one rupee, our business will be destroyed

I have had that conversation where they say we want to support you but if we support you, our business will be destroyed and so we cannot support you

On one side, you have capture of all institutions, monopoly on finance & media. On the other side you have political parties that are not allowed to compete. When they form Govts against all odds, their mandates are taken away from them. Where is this heading?

As a political leader, in a democracy, I require- institutional support, a media that is objective, a judiciary that is aggressive, the ability to speak in Parliament. All those have been taken away from us. Where is this heading?

There’s only one way this will get resolved – by mass action. When ordinary citizens realise this country is not being run by his mandate but by force, undemocratically. That’s where this is going, you can see beginnings of it on borders of Delhi

The stirrings are there but as a political person, in my entire career, before 2014 I had never imagined a situation where I will have no institutional support whatsoever

Even if we put the right MLAs in place, it is not enough. The power is so strong and heavy that even that MLA will not be able to sustain

What happens when we come to power? There’s full penetration of all institutions. We’ll have to deal with 15 yrs of judges who have been placed in judiciary because they support one political party. It’s going to be a huge challenge for the country going forward

You can make anti-defection law stronger, you can disqualify them but remember in order to do that you need Parliament and you’re not going to get Parliament right now. Even to enforce that idea, we need institutional structure, we don’t have it

Now India is entering a phase quite like when we were fighting the British that we cannot rely on the institutions to protect our democracy anymore, we can only rely on the people of the country

We should absolutely have laws that don’t allow MLAs to move but first we need a functioning Parliament, we need a judiciary that is not penetrated by the RSS and BJP, a press that raises this issue

Our Madhya Pradesh Govt goes, it is essentially bought but nobody in the media says anything. Our Govt in Arunachal is bought, nobody says anything

Today, if the Congress party wants to win an election, the only way to win is if we have 2/3rd majority. If we win by 10-15 seats, it’s not a win, it’s a loss because BJP comes, buys the people and has its own Govt. It’s what we are facing

People who question, challenge the RSS, BJP are threatened, pushed around. I am lucky because there is nothing they have on me because I had the good sense in my entire political career to be an honest person. That’s why they can’t touch me

That is why I can speak to you because no ED, CBI is going to affect me. That is also why the BJP attacks me 24*7, because they know this man is not corrupt and we have no leverage on this man

We need to have more women in the Judicial system and I am for women’s reservation in Parliament and Vidhan Sabhas. You need more than reservation. Indian men need to change the way they look at Indian women

We can keep doing reservations but unless Indian men start to view Indian women with the same lens that they view themselves, the real change is not going to happen

We think the CAA is discriminatory and we don’t agree with it, we don’t support it. It is discriminatory on many counts

There is a full scale assault on secularism in this country, RSS & BJP are leading that assault.

Secularism is the foundation of our culture & history and hence it is an attack on our culture & history. It is very important that it is stopped in its tracks

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