Indian officer counters Rahul's 'India not a nation' theory at Cambridge event
An Indian officer's video giving Rahul Gandhi lessons on 'rashtra' at Cambridge University has now gone viral. Siddhartha Verma, a Commonwealth Scholar in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, countered the Congress MP over the latter's reference to India as a 'group of states'. "You quoted Article 1 of the Constitution saying India is a union of states as per the constitution. If you turn a page back and look at the preamble, it does mention that India is a nation. Bharat itself is one of the oldest surviving civilizations of the world, and the term finds its origin in the Vedas, and we have a very old civilization. Even when Chanakya interacted with students in Taxila, he made it clear to them that they might belong to different janapadas but ultimately they belong to the nation that is Bharat," Verma is seen saying in the video. In response, Gandhi claimed that "Rashtra is a kingdom." "No, Rashtra is the Sanskrit of (the word) nation," the officer is seen saying. "The word nation is a western concept," Gandhi is heard saying in the video. Watch for more details.