Rahul Gandhi is smart, not pappu: Ex-RBI governor

New Delhi: “Rahul Gandhi is not a ‘pappu’,” former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, who recently participated in Bharat Jodo Yatra, told a TV channel. “Pappu” is perceived as a social media slur coined to target Rahul Gandhi.

In an interview given to India Today, Rajan said: “The image is unfortunate. I have spent many years, say close to a decade, interacting with him on various fronts. He is no way a pappu. That would be the last word I would use to describe him.”

On being asked how he would describe Gandhi, Rajan said: “He is smart, young, and a curious man.”

“He has a good sense of what the priorities are and a good sense of basic risks and being able to evaluate them, and I think he is perfectly capable of doing that,” he added.

Rajan recently participated in the Bharat Jodo Yatra march of Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi. However, he clarified that he is not joining any political party. “I joined Bharat Jodo Yatra as I stand for the values the yatra is about. I am not joining any political party,” Raghuram Rajan said.

Rajan also sidestepped a question on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s performance, and refused to evaluate RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das’ policies.

“I will not rank. I never did it. She has a tough job and she is doing a tough job and it’s not for me to give rankings to people doing jobs,” Rajan said on Sitharaman.

He also said that demonetisation did not achieve its initial objectives and countered the argument that it did not led to a digital economy as that would have happened sooner or later.

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