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NEW DELHI: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has described prominent leaders of India's freedom struggle as "NRIs" (non-resident Indian) and said the party was born of an "NRI movement".

"The original congress movement was an NRI movement. Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI, Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England, Ambedkar, Azad, Patel, these were all NRIs," Rahul said on Thursday.

Rahul Gandhi called Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, B R Ambedkar and other Indian leaders "NRIs" at a meeting with Congress supporters in New York

He said Congress was born of an NRI movement. He added that the Indian diaspora in the US was the backbone of India.

Rahul said there were thousands of such "NRIs" whose contribution to India is yet to be recognised. Citing the example of Verghese Kurien, father of the White Revolution, Rahul pointed out that he belonged to the category of a non-resident Indian as well.

"One of the biggest successes in India, the milk that most of India drinks, it was man called Mr Kurien, he was an NRI. He came from the United States and he transformed India... There are thousands of examples that we have not recognised," he claimed.
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