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Indians abroad are more concerned about traditions: Sam Pitroda

MUMBAI: Chairman of the out of the country wing of the Congress Sam Pitroda mentioned on Saturday that Indians living out of doors the rustic are extra involved in their traditions, and this "connects" them to the BJP.

The technocrat-turned-politician was once chatting with newshounds on the Mumbai Press Club here.

"You have a whole new generation in USA that get paid millions of dollars in salary. When I went to Chicago, there were 500 people of Indian-origin and today this number has gone up to three hundred thousand," he mentioned.

"There was no temple in 1965 and today you can find 30 temples in Chicago. What do these people do there? They pray and (perform) havan and puja. They are more concerned about preserving their traditions and that connects them to the BJP and (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi," he opined.

Pitroda, who was once part of the Congress' manifesto committee for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, claimed that fulfilling the guarantees made in the document was once feasible.

Saying that it was once drafted after enough consultations and homework, he added that it may well be fulfilled simply as "we achieved (implementation of) NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) scheme".

On the flak he faced for in search of extra information about the Balakot air-strike carried out by the Indian air pressure, Pitroda mentioned the observation was once made in his personal capacity, and subsequently it would no longer harm his party.

On comparison between the media in India and in foreign international locations, he mentioned foreign media makes a speciality of problems and no longer on personalities, in contrast to in India.

"In the international press, they ask probing questions. They prefer issues and not personalities....While here partly because of feudal and hierarchical mindset, we tend to focus on who says it," he mentioned.

Pitroda, credited with taking part in necessary function in ushering in telecom revolution, additionally mentioned that electronic balloting machines (EVMs) were not foolproof.

"I've tried to review EVMs, whose design is 15-year-old and information about those machines is very sketchy.

"Transportation of these machines and counting are the 2 spaces that may have leakages," he said, adding that though he could not pinpoint where the weakness in EVMs lies, "for those who say those are 100 in keeping with cent foolproof, I don't purchase it".

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