Hamburg: Congress President Rahul Gandhi's gesture in Parliament during the Monsoon Session where he hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi finds a mention in every possible forum - this time in Germany.
Addressing a gathering at Kampnagel Theater in Bucerius Summer School in Germany, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the hug was a symbol of affection, which, he claimed, upset Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He clarified that the embrace was a response to the hateful remarks directed towards him by the Prime Minister.
"Responding hate with hate is foolish. It is not going to solve any problem. The only thing you control is how you respond. I wanted to tell him the world is not all evil places. There are many people who have affection. Prime Minister was making hateful remarks at me, I showed affection. He didn't like that. He was upset and taken aback, but it works." he said.
Taking the discussion forward, the Congress President reiterated that violence cannot be used to overcome violence, adding that the only solution was forgiveness.
"I have seen two members of my family being killed - my father and grandmother. Violence cannot be overcome by violence. The correct way to deal with violence is to act non-violently. My father was killed by a terrorist in 1991. When the same terrorist died a few years later, I was not happy. I saw myself in his children. I have suffered violence and I can tell you, there is only one way to let it go- forgiveness. And for forgiveness, you need to understand where it is coming from," he elucidated.
Gandhi then went on to corner the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government over the starch increase in the cases of mob lynching and claimed that such incidents were being caused by the forceful repatriation of people back into villages.
"A large number of people who worked in small businesses were forced back into villages. This is what's making people angry. All the lynchings we hear about are the result of this. The Dalits, minorities and tribal people are now not allowed to gain from the government. All the money that used to go into schemes for the poor is now going to a few large corporates," he claimed.