Speaking at the esteemed Cambridge University, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claimed in the lecture that he came face to face with militants during the Kashmir leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
As per a report by India Today, Gandhi said the government forces in Kashmir had asked him not to walk in the region as there was a fear of attacks. However, the Congress MP chose to continue with the yatra.
Rahul Gandhi added, “I talked to my people and told them that I wanted to continue the walk. We continued walking when an unknown man approached me. He told me he wanted to talk to me.”
As per the report, Gandhi said that the man asked him if the Congress leaders had really come to the Union Territory to listen to the woes of the people.
Moments later, the man pointed towards some nearby people and revealed they were all militants, Gandhi added.
“I thought I was in trouble because in that situation terrorists would kill me. But they did not do anything because this is the power of listening,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Gandhi arrived in the UK on Tuesday to kick off his week-long tour with an address at the University of Cambridge. He also held discussions with Indian diaspora groups there.
During his lecture, Rahul Gandhi focussed at the prestigious University of Cambridge on the “art of listening” and called for new thinking to promote a democratic environment globally, as opposed to a coercive one.