“I believed I was in danger because militants would murder me in such circumstances. But, they didn’t harm me as a result of the power of listening,” the 52-year-old former Congress chief said.
“As the Opposition, it is very difficult to communicate with people when you have this type of an assault on the media, on the democratic architecture,” he said, explaining the motivation behind his Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday evening gave a lecture on ‘Learning to Listen in the 21st Century’ at United Kingdom’s Cambridge University.
Gandhi referred to the controversial Pegasus snooping issue and alleged that the Israeli spyware was installed on the phones of a large number of politicians, including him.
“Indian democracy is under attack and several politicians, including himself, are under surveillance,” said Gandhi during his address. His statement drew sharp reactions from the BJP which accused him of maligning the country’s image on foreign soil after facing successive electoral setbacks
The former Congress president listed five key aspects of the alleged attack on Indian democracy –Capture and control of media and judiciary; surveillance and intimidation; coercion by federal law enforcement agencies; attacks on minorities, Dalits and tribals; and shutting down of dissent.
Gandhi is on a week-long tour of the UK and is scheduled to hold some closed-door sessions on Big Data Democracy and India-China relations at Cambridge University.
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