By: Chandrashekar Bhat
RAHUL GANDHI, the former president of India’s opposition Congress, arrived in the UK on Tuesday (28) to kick off his week-long tour with an address at the University of Cambridge. He will also hold discussions with Indian diaspora groups in London.
The MP, who is a visiting fellow of the Cambridge Judge Business School (Cambridge JBS), will deliver a student-only lecture at the university on ‘learning to listen in the 21st century’.
The business school has also indicated Gandhi’s plans to hold closed-door sessions on ‘big data and democracy and India-China relations’ with professor Shruti Kapila, an Indian-origin fellow, tutor and director of studies at the university’s Corpus Christi College and co-director of the Global Humanities Initiative.
“Our @CambridgeMBA programme is pleased to welcome India’s leading Opposition leader and MP Rahul Gandhi of the Indian National Congress,” Cambridge JBS tweeted on Tuesday.
The 52-year-old Congress leader last addressed the University of Cambridge at an event at Corpus Christi College, entitled ‘India at 75′ during a visit to the UK in May last year.
During his current UK tour, he is scheduled to interact with representatives of the Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) UK chapter and also address an Indian diaspora conference planned over the weekend in London.
IOC UK said it is looking forward to welcoming the party leader and updating him on its activities, including a Bharat Jodo Yatra held in London last year in solidarity with the march led by Gandhi across India.
Gandhi’s march began on September 7, 2022 from Kanyakumari and traversed through 12 states, culminating in Jammu and Kashmir – covering about 4,000 km (2485 miles) in four-and-a-half-months.