Friday, May 24

Rahul Gandhi Inaugurates Power Facility at Wayanad Hospital, Announces ₹50 Lakh from MP Fund

Rahul Gandhi Inaugurates Power Facility at Wayanad Hospital, Announces ₹50 Lakh from MP Fund

I’m really glad to be here to officially open the new power plant. I’m hopeful that the electricity it generates will be beneficial for the hospital. I’m also pleased to contribute Rs 50 lakh from the MP fund. Additionally, the hospital will receive Rs 5 crore for the excellent efforts of the doctors, which is a great achievement, mentioned the Congress MP.

On Sunday, a leader from the Congress party opened a new power facility at the Dr. Ambedkar District Memorial Cancer Center in Wayanad, Kerala. During the event, the leader expressed his happiness about donating Rs 50 lakh from the MP fund to support the cause.

Rahul Gandhi, a leader from the Congress party, shared that he feels connected to the people of Wayanad, no matter which political party they support. During his first visit to Wayanad after his membership in the Lok Sabha (India’s lower house of Parliament) was reinstated, he expressed his gratitude to the residents of his electoral area. He thanked them for standing by him when he was disqualified as a Member of Parliament.

 

Rahul Gandhi Tours Flood-Affected Wayanad Constituency, Appeals for State Assistance.
Rahul Gandhi Tours Flood-Affected Wayanad Constituency, Appeals for State Assistance.

 

I feel really happy when I visit Wayanad. I have a connection with the people here, no matter which political party they support. Even though I have different ideas than the Left party, when I was disqualified, the whole community of Wayanad supported me. I think of everyone in Wayanad as my family,” Gandhi said during his visit to Mananthavady, Wayanad, on Sunday.

After officially starting a high-tension electricity line at the Dr. Ambedkar Memorial District Cancer Centre within the Government Tribal Hospital in Nalloornadu, he talked about this. Rahul Gandhi had given ₹50 lakh from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund for this initiative.

I heard that the hospital used to experience power outages often, which caused difficulties for patients and doctors. I believe that this new electricity line will help resolve those issues,” he mentioned during his visit to the hospital, which primarily serves marginalized communities like tribals.

During the event, Gandhi indirectly criticized the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ideology of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He talked about the use of the word ‘vanvasi’ (meaning tribal) and the wellbeing of tribal people. He mentioned that he recently had a conversation with the tribal community in Rajasthan where he discussed two different ways of thinking that are in conflict within the country

Gandhi explained, “There’s a term called ‘Adivasi,’ which means the first inhabitants of the land. It represents a special knowledge about the environment, the Earth we live on, and a connection with the planet. This term acknowledges that our tribal brothers and sisters were the initial owners of this land.

This also means they should have the rights to the land and forests, and they can dream of whatever they wish. Since they were the first owners, their kids should be able to study engineering, medicine, computers, and run businesses. They should also have rights to the land and things from the forest. They shouldn’t be confined or labeled. All opportunities should be open to them. This is one way of thinking.

There’s another concept that uses the term ‘Vanvasi.’ We say ‘Adivasi,’ while the other side uses ‘Vanvasi.’ The term ‘Vanvasi’ has a twisted reasoning behind it. It refuses to acknowledge that you are the original owners of India. It also confines you to the jungle, implying that you should stay in the jungle. We strongly disagree with this and reject this word. This word distorts your history, traditions, and challenges your connection with the country. To us, you are ‘Adivasis,’ and we can gain wisdom from you,” he explained.

The Congress leader emphasized that even though the term ‘Environment’ and ideas about safeguarding it are trendy nowadays, the ‘Adivasis’ have been discussing the same things for 3,000 to 5,000 years.

We can gain knowledge from your history, traditions, and way of living, not only about the environment but also how to treat one another with kindness and respect. It’s important that your children have access to excellent hospitals, education, and job opportunities. We are here to support you always,” he assured.

Gandhi arrived in Wayanad on Saturday evening and was given a warm welcome by the top leaders of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) during a public gathering in Kalpetta. He also handed over keys to nine houses built as part of the ‘Kaithangu’ project to the beneficiaries. This visit marked his first to the constituency after the Supreme Court halted his conviction in a defamation case, leading to the restoration of his membership in the Lok Sabha.

See also: 10 important facts about India’s freedom struggle

See also: LIVE: Public Meeting | Kalpetta, Wayanad | Kerala

 

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