Rajiv Gandhi was a Gentleman and an Honest Man: Bihar Governor

Bihar Governor attends a seminar on the need of vocational training.

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Patna: Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik, speaking at seminar on Vocational Education – Challenges & Strategies sponsored by the Bihar Kaushal Vikas Mission at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Friday, praised former Prime Minister of India and Congress leader late Rajiv Gandhi saying Mr. Gandhi was a gentleman and an honest man who had the misfortune of being surrounded by some very bad people.

Giving clean chit to the late Prime Minister who was unfortunately assassinated by a woman suicide bomber with allegiance to the LTTE terrorist outfit near Madras (now Chennai) on May 21, 1991, Mr. Malik said that Gandhi played no role in the much-publicized Bofors Scandal saying a number of people around him received kickbacks to the tune of $1.4 billion from the Swedish arms manufacturer Bofors without the knowledge of the Prime Minister.

Talking about the need for more vocational colleges in India, the Governor said that the entire nation was being victimized by frauds and criminals in the name of skill development and it was high time steps were taken by the government to stop them from further spreading their tentacles.

The Governor also talked about the role of vocational education to fight unemployment in the nation.

"By encouraging vocational training, we will be preparing our youths to find a job of their choice while also allowing them to launch their own business. Kaushal Vikas project can succeed only when its beneficiaries create jobs for other youths in their states and bring an end to the exploitation of our younger minds who, despite being very intelligent and smart, are not being paid what they truly deserve. Our educators and academicians should try to find a solution for this problem," Mr. Malik said.

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