Rahul Gandhi lands in the US, scheduled to attend a series of events

Rahul Gandhi (L) with Sam Pitroda at San Francisco Airport


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi landed at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday at the start of his week-long tour to the United States.

He was greeted at the airport by Sam Pitroda, chairman of Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) and long-time Gandhi supporter from the days of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul’s father.

Gandhi came on an Air India flight.

Gandhi’s American sojourn, which begins today, will continue through June 4. He will attend events in California before moving to Washington, DC and New York. His schedule is packed with interactions with university students and professors, Indian diaspora, NGOs,
entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, think tanks, and political leaders.

Today, Gandhi will speak on ‘In Conversation with Rahul Gandhi: Towards Justice and Democratic Futures” at UC Santa Cruz’s Silicon Valley campus. It is an invite-only event hosted by UC Santa Cruz Center for South Asian Studies. In the evening, he will be at a public event called ‘Silicon Valley Mohabbat Ki Dukan with Rahul Gandhi’, at the Marriott, which will see an estimated 1000 people.

On May 31, Gandhi will visit Plug and Play, an accelerator program center in Silicon Valley, where he will talk about AI and human development with startups. Later, he will speak at Santa Cruz University as well as Stanford University.

Tomorrow at 5 pm, he will be at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is scheduled to speak on ‘The New Global Equilibrium’.

Meanwhile, Gandhi’s supporters hosted a “Mohabbat Ki Rally” (A Rally of Love) at Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Saturday, May 27.

In Washington, DC, Gandhi will meet members of think tanks, and journalists at the National Press Club, and have dinner with political heavyweights.

Gandhi is scheduled to visit Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, and meet with academics at Roosevelt House in New York. Gandhi is also set to speak on “A Secular and Democratic India” on June 4 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

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