New Delhi: `The Economist`, in an article, has doubted Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi`s credentials as a politician.
In the article titled `The Rahul Problem`, The Economist starts with question "what is the point of Rahul Gandhi" and says that the Congress`s "prince in waiting has not shown any hunger for the job".
“The problem is that Mr Gandhi has so far shown no particular aptitude as a politician, nor even sufficient hunger for the job. He is shy, reluctant to speak to journalists, biographers, potential allies or foes, nor even to raise his voice in parliament”, the article said.
“Nobody really knows what he is capable of, nor what he wishes to do should he ever attain power and responsibility. The suspicion is growing that Mr Gandhi himself does not know”, it added.
Congress has sought to down play the article, saying there was a need for Indians to get liberated from the "spectre of mental colonialism".
"I am always surprised that questions are asked about whatever is written in Washington Post, The Economist, Standard and Poor`s and Moody`s comments on India...We need to free ourselves from the spectre of mental colonialism," party spokesperson Manish Tewari said.
When asked about similar criticism in a book written by journalist Arti Ramchandran, Tewari said he has not read the book.
Asked if that is the case then why did the PMO reacted to an article in the Washington Post on the Prime Minister, Tewari said, "The objection was taken because some eminent people quoted in the article have completely refuted the quotes attributed to them."
The Congress spokesperson said there is a wealth of wisdom in Indian journalists and he would be happy to respond to question about reports written by them instead of responding to anything being published in foreign journals.
(With PTI inputs)