BJP MP Varun Gandhi, who participated in the Rajasthan Patrika Keynote Idea Fest 2016 held in Lucknow, spoke about a host of issues that plague India, from economic inequalities to famer suicides and foreign investment.
On economic inequality
"Economic inequality is a principal issue - 10% of the people own 90% of the resources and property.
I had heard about farmers committing suicide in Telangana, but these are even happening in UP now. In Sultanpur, it troubled me when I hear 5-7 farmers had killed themselves. I thought of helping them with the salary I received over the past few years. But then I asked myself if this was my ego talking and tried to find other ways to help.
I met Akhilesh Yadav and even travelled to Bundelkhand and spoke to the local administration. I asked people to make a list of who the most needy are and linked those people to my project.
We have to make farmers free from the burden of debt. We have to bring the world's richest together with the world's poorest - this work is quite distinct from politics.
The undertaking, or pilot project, I have started will be done by 2017. I started working for farmers when I realised the farmer is neither rich nor secure. I am also writing a book on the subject, which will be released in early 2018."