Call for Open Political Debate between PM Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.


New Delhi: As India is engrossed in the Lok Sabha Elections 2024, the political atmosphere is charged with anticipation and activity. With three phases of voting already concluded, the nation’s focus is now on the intense campaigning by both the ruling party and the opposition. In a remarkable turn of events, several of India’s distinguished figures have extended an invitation for an open debate to two of the country’s leading political figures: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

The invitation, spearheaded by respected individuals including former Supreme Court judge Madan B Lokur, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice Ajit P Shah, and N Ram, the former editor-in-chief of The Hindu, is a call for transparent and direct political discourse. The senior leaders from the major parties have been asked to engage in a debate that could illuminate the electorate on their respective visions and policies.

In a letter addressed to both PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi, the signatories expressed their belief that a public debate would greatly serve the citizens, fostering a stronger democratic process. “We are reaching out to you as dedicated citizens of India, having served the nation in various capacities,” the letter reads. It emphasizes the non-partisan nature of the proposal, aimed at enriching the democratic experience for every Indian.

As the general election for the 18th Lok Sabha is at its halfway mark, the letter highlights the critical questions posed by both the BJP and Congress during their rallies and public addresses—questions that strike at the heart of India’s constitutional democracy.

The letter also sheds light on the challenges issued by the Prime Minister and the Congress President. PM Modi has openly confronted the Congress on issues such as reservation policies, the abrogation of Article 370, and the redistribution of wealth. Conversely, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has raised concerns regarding the Constitution, the electoral bond scheme, and the government’s stance on China, inviting the Prime Minister to a public debate.


The signatories have voiced their concern over the current political discourse, which seems to be riddled with accusations and challenges, lacking substantive responses. In an era where misinformation can easily proliferate, the letter stresses the importance of an informed public, capable of making educated decisions at the polls.

The proponents of the debate believe that such an event would not only benefit the public by providing clarity on the issues but also reinforce the democratic process. Given that India is the world’s largest democracy, a public debate of this nature would not only educate the electorate but also showcase the strength and health of Indian democracy to the global community.

The call for an open debate is a testament to the evolving political landscape in India, where transparency and accountability are increasingly demanded by the electorate. As the nation continues to navigate through the election season, this proposed debate could set a precedent for political engagement in the years to come.