Rahul Gandhi said November 8 was a sad day for India. Photograph: (DNA)
He will be addressing students at the University of California, Berkeley on the first day of his visit
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi left on a two-week tour of the US on Sunday night to meet with global thinkers, political leaders and Indians living abroad over a variety of issues.
His two-week trip starts with an address at the University of California, Berkeley titled 'India at 70 -- Reflections on the Path forward' where he will talk about contemporary India and the path forward for the world's largest democracy.
As part of an outreach programme by the Congress party, Gandhi will meet overseas Indians at an event in New York. He is likely to address members of the think- tank community at an event organised by the Centre for American Progress, and interact with the corporate world at another programme organised by the US-India Business Council.
Announcing on Twitter, he tweeted: "Looking forward to addressing students of University of California, Berkeley and interacting with Indian Overseas Congress members with Sam Pitroda during my visit to the US."
The trip will also highlight Gandhi family's long association with Berkeley as India's first prime minister and his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru had delivered a speech at the same university in the year 1949.
As reported by PTI, Sam Pitroda said, "The purpose of the visit is two-fold. One is to meet interesting and global thinkers, to have a conversation on what is happening the world over on economy, on technology, on opportunities, and really understand different views from experts on the global scene."
He added, "Gandhi may meet some members of the ruling Republican Party as well. A lot of these meetings are going to be small and private. He wants to understand more about what's happening globally and what's the global view of the situation is. He is coming to meet with students and academicians and various thinking people in the US."
Pitroda is currently a part of Rahul Gandhi's visit to the US. He worked with Gandhi's father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi to transform India's telecom sector.
He said that Gandhi would also interact with people in the Silicon Valley where technology, talent and Indian "brain power" is concentrated.
Gandhi will also address a gathering at the Princeton University.