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Why is Congress hiding its MoU with China’s Communists?

Why has an Indian political party signed an agreement with another country? The Congress must also explain why the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation received a donation from China

Published: 27th August 2020 05:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th August 2020 05:05 AM   |  A+A-

AMIT BANDRE

While the Congress is facing yet another challenge from within with long-time party loyalists doubtful about its future, the news about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into by the party with the Communist Party of China (CCP) in 2008 has now become a matter of concern because of two pertinent reasons. Firstly, the Congress is just not willing to disclose the contents of this MoU with the CCP, which not only controls the Chinese government but runs that country in every sense of the word. Secondly, there is the news about donations received by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) from the Chinese Government.

The MoU was signed on behalf of the party by Rahul Gandhi, its general secretary at that time, and by an official of the CCP in the presence of his mother and party president, Sonia Gandhi and the then Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping. Despite mounting public demand, the Nehru-Gandhis are chary of releasing this MoU. What are they afraid of?  To begin with, the Congress must explain why the RGF, which, like the party, is a closely held enterprise of the Nehru-Gandhi family, took a donation from China—a nation that has spurned India’s hand of friendship and repeatedly challenged India’s territorial integrity for over seven decades.

Posting a picture of the MoU-signing ceremony, the noted lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani tweeted and said it was imperative for the party to disclose the details. More ominously (for the Congress), the lawyer noted that “China was and is in Indian law, an enemy country. The CCP is an enemy association. The CCP supports the occupation of Indian territory and lays claim to other territory. Any agreement/MoU with the CCP validates the CCP’s stand and is an unlawful activity punishable under the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act),” says Jethmalani. He has also suggested a CBI probe into possible offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Foreign Contribution Regulation Acts of 1976 and 2010.

This question becomes all the more relevant at a time when Indian soldiers laid down their lives while countering yet another attempted incursion by the Chinese in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh and the continued aggressive posture of the Chinese army along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). There is also a domestic angle to the scandal involving funds flowing into this family’s trust, which is even more appalling. This relates to the diversion of funds from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), which is primarily meant to lend succour to people in times of natural calamities, etc., to the RGF when the party headed the coalition that ran the Union government from 2004 to 2014.

Apart from the Nehru-Gandhis, Manmohan Singh, who was the prime minister at that time, must explain how he allowed such gross misuse of a public fund directly under his charge. The news about the donation from the government of China to the Congress has stirred a hornet’s nest as it has raised questions about the sanctity of the transaction and its possible impact on India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity. The Congress, which was at the vanguard of the freedom movement, has for long enjoyed the trust and love of the people for the enormous sacrifices made by its leaders to secure the country’s freedom.

However, this reverence began to fade away when, after the advent of Indira Gandhi, the party became a clone of a private limited company that was tightly held by the Nehru-Gandhi family and which allowed the family’s insecurities and pettiness to permeate its activities. Consequently, they made India a de facto monarchy and with the help of courtiers in academia and the media, worked overtime to obliterate the contribution of great leaders outside this family.This reached such vulgar proportions that every major government scheme, public building, national institutions, universities, scholarships and sports events were named after members of this family. So, the question now is whether senior leaders of the Congress, who want it to put its house in order, see the impact of all this on the overall image of the party and demand answers from the family.

The sense of entitlement of the family is such that Sonia Gandhi and not Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attended the Beijing Olympics. The Chinese played host to her, her son Rahul Gandhi, her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and son-in-law Robert Vadra. Tweeting about this, Shobha Karandlaje, BJP MP, has said, “This wasn’t just a mockery of the office of the Prime Minister, but a subversion of India’s democratic system & ethos”.There is seething anger in the country regarding the hegemonistic attitude of China and its perfidy after signing agreements vis-a-vis patrolling and other arrangements along the LAC for maintenance of peace. Why is this party at odds with this national sentiment? Will the current churning in the party lead to a change of heart? Also, will the current crop of dissidents, who want the party to put its house in order, see the impact of all this on the overall image of the Congress and demand answers?

A SURYA PRAKASH
Vice-Chairman, Executive Council, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library
(suryamedia@gmail.com)



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  • Dharan

    NEED PIL to be filed in Court to publish that MOU!!
    1 year ago reply
  • Navin Purbey

    INC on the one hand projects itself as a single party instrumental in India's independence. However, the activities of the Gandhi dynasts points a question on their integrity. If circumstances were such that it was beneficial for the country to sign an MoU with CCP, then I don't find any harm in disclosing the MoU copy to the nation. There is a big agenda which the party is trying to cover-up. There may be political vendetta against INC in all other matters, but the party must come clean when nation is concerned.
    1 year ago reply
  • krish

    This is normal response by those who feel in the grip of fear. Everybody knows that in India that most of these foundations and similar bodies are not meant for any public good but mostly for self promotion and tax evasion. THE LEADERSHIP is in the grip of fear, that having lost power at national level and with no chance of claiming it back any time in the near future, they may lose the grip in the Party also and trying their best to hold on to it. But as the Congress has already any presence in most parts of the country it is very difficult right now to resurrect its past glory and for that they have to start from the scratch. But the riddle remains Dr. MMS. Why such a great scholar and world renowned economist remains so subservient to one family in that he appears to be willing to suffer any humiliation in the process. Krish
    1 year ago reply
  • Gautam Satpathy

    The question is why should we care? They, the Congress, has one and a half leg in the grave (not the cremation ghat). The only answer worth giving is that we want India to have a multiparty democracy. Obviously the Congress is no longer the party that can play any credible role in National or State politics till the Gandhi family is removed from the picture and the party itself becomes a Democratic institution. I hope, for the sake of Indian Democracy, that such a happy event comes to pass. Or that we have another credible, aka Democratic, party that takes it's place to give balance to our politics.
    1 year ago reply
  • GVG

    Well said. The current INC is not the same as it was, now it is only a family run business. However, it is still able to fool about 10% of the voters using the Gandhi tag. It has degenerated so much under the present leadership, if you call it one, even the die hard congress supporters are feeling miserable to voice their support.
    1 year ago reply
  • T V Krishnamurthy

    can some one file a PIL in Supreme Court against RGF and Gandhi parivar to make them publish the MOU they signed with China?
    1 year ago reply
  • shesh

    Lust for power
    1 year ago reply
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