Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed university students of Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The conversation was titled 'Shiksha Disha Or Dasha' wherein he touched upon various issues including job crisis in the country, leadership, adequate funds for educational institutions and the ideal environment that is to be provided to students. It is during the conversation that Rahul also opened up on his grandmother's (late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi) assassination that shook the nation.
“When my grandmother died, my father was in Bengal. My mom was strict and more disciplined. I was much closer to my grandmother. My grandmother was murdered by her own security guards. And I was very angry. Those guards were like my friends. Satwant Singh, who shot my grandmother, had taught me how to play badminton. But when my father came and hugged me, my anger immediately disappeared,” he reportedly said.
Rahul, who has been emphasising on 'love over hate' for a while now (and his epic hug to PM Narendra Modi was an outcome to that), also restated it once more at the event.
“Nothing can be solved by violence. Violence can only be solved with love. If you look at the history of this country and look at the philosophy of Gandhi, Mahavir, Buddha, Ashoka, they all preached love and non-violence. This is the philosophy because of which I hugged Modi ji, while he was abusing me and my family,” he said.