Rahul `more talented` than his father: Khushwant

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010, 13:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is `much more talented` than his father Late Rajiv Gandhi who was "not really a leader" but "a boy scout" with some "good ideas but none of them extraordinary".

These are the views of maverick writer Khushwant Singh who compared the two leaders in his latest book Absolute Khushwant: The Low Down on Life, Death and Most Things in-between written along with Humra Quraishi, a columnist.

"He (Rahul) has a vision and that`s very important. I`m impressed with him, impressed with the way in which he`s conducting himself. He has the right attitude. Even if much of what he does only amounts to gestures, the thinking behind them is right," wrote 95-year-old Singh.

The grand old man of letters lauds efforts of Rahul for "taking on" Mayawati and Shiv Sena on their own turf and highlighting "shameful" realities of the country by staying with "lower castes and sharing their food".

"He has taken on Mayawati in her own territory. It is a brave thing to do. He himself seems to have no caste or class prejudice. What he has been doing in Amethi, staying with the lower castes and sharing their food-I don`t thing that you can criticize him for that.

"He is not being patronizing; he is highlighting a shameful reality in our country. Even in the twenty-first century there are untouchables in our society and they live wretched lives," Singh wrote in his book published by Penguin Books.

Singh praised Rahul for "the manner he took on the Shiv Sena in Bombay (February 2010).

"He lambasted them for attacking non-Maharashtrians and said publicly that Bombay was for all Indians. Then he went to the lion`s den and dared them to do their worst. He walked around the streets, travelled by local train.

"The Shiv Sena goondas failed completely. Hardly any Maharashtrian joined the Shiv Sena protests against Rahul. It was a very well-planned move for Rahul and his advisers. It was a good theatre," says Singh.

PTI

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