Kolkata: Setting aside his serious self,
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday likened himself
to an "antique" among the country`s politicians, saying he was
sticking to the political wicket for the last five decades.
"I am one of the oldest politicians alive, almost an
antique in the political arena and who has been sticking to
the wicket for the last five decades occasionally expressing a
desire to retire, but still somehow sticking to the wicket,"
the 75-year-old Congress veteran said.
Mukherjee was participating in a panel discussion at the
Indian Statistical Institute on `Expectations from the Future
BJP leader Arun Shourie, who was among the panelists,
showered praise on Mukherjee, saying, "He is one of the best
prime ministers we are yet to have."
Shourie described him as a man of trust and keystone of
Mukherjee said young Indians of today have demonstrated
tremendous confidence in themselves in addressing serious
issues like inflation and uncertainty of revival of the world
"Young Indians are not carrying any baggage and are not
afraid of facing the challenges," he told the students.