Other jobs too than becoming PM: Rahul
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 18:53
Santiniketan: Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said becoming the prime minister is not the only 'job' in the world and that there were many other jobs a person could do.

The scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family responded in this fashion deflecting a pointed query during an interaction at the Visva Bharati University here as to what he would do for the job prospects of fine arts students studying classical dance in the event of his becoming prime minister and Chancellor of Visva Bharati University.

"If I will be the prime minister of India like that is the only job a person can do! There are many other jobs that a person can do," the 40-year-old AICC general secretary said in his response during his maiden visit to Shantiniketan in Bolpur where he arrived to a boisterous welcome.

Three generations of Gandhi's family had been Chancellors of Visva Bharati University founded by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Santiniketan, 200 km from Kolkata. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi held this position in their capacity as the country's prime minister.

Stress should be given on fine arts studies, said Gandhi, who is on a three-day visit to West Bengal.

Gandhi, who spent nearly one-and-half hours with the students, told them, "You can write to me or to the PMO with your suggestion how to strengthen fine arts studies."

When another student asked him about corruption at the university, Gandhi replied, "Corruption is a problem everywhere. You have to find a solution to it."

To another question, Gandhi said he could give students a lot of work if they wished it. "If you tell me you want to work I will tell you when to do it and how to do it. Only writing letters to leaders will not do," he said.

A student from Bangladesh told Gandhi that many students from his country were eager to study at Visva Bharati but faced problems in getting a visa.

Gandhi, who reached the University in car after he flew in by a helicopter met around 1,000 students at the Rabindra Bhavan and discussed several issues with them for over an hour.

He also inaugurated an exhibition 'Three Chancellors' on the tenures of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi as Chancellors of the Central university.

The exhibition, organised by the Visva Bharati, comprised photographs and correspondences of the three late prime ministers -- all from Gandhi's family -- who visited Santiniketan as Chancellors of the University.

Clad in white kurta and pyjamas and sporting a stubble, Gandhi was greeted by students of the Pathabhavan school. He shook hands with a few of them after alighting from his car at the gate of Rabindra Bhavan.

The 80-minute interaction with students from all the 50 departments at Rabindra Bhavan was kept out of bounds for the press.

Gandhi earlier visited the 'Udayan' complex to pay floral tributes at the rooms used by Tagore.

After the interaction, he again walked back to the gate where hundreds of people, some even perched on trees, cheered him shouting 'Vande Mataram' and 'Rahul Rahul'.

Gandhi shook hands and greeted some of them before leaving for a meeting with Congress leaders and workers at Geetanjali Bhavan here.


First Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 18:53

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