New Delhi, Dec 21 IANS | 2 years ago

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday said his party's vision was of an India united by compassion and where people live in harmony not in hatred.

"Around the time Mahatma Gandhi was making his address to FICCI in 1931, the dark shadows of fascism had begun to spread over Europe. A party built on a divisive ideology full of hatred, arrogance and misguided notions of superiority plunged the world into a war that brought Germany to its knees," Gandhi said in an address to business leaders.

Congress leaders have often criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for its "fascist" ideology and for playing "divisive politics".

"But our vision is of an India united by compassion, not power; living in harmony, not in hatred; thriving in peace rather than suffocating in conflict; filled with humility, not with hubris," said Gandhi.

"The Congress mission is anchored in a simple idea. It is not a new idea. It is an ancient Indian idea - an idea where humanity is united in love, compassion and harmony. And in this great, great country of ours it always has, and always will, trump hatred," he added.

(Posted on 21-12-2013)