All’s well that ends well- The Hans India, Aug 22,2016
I found YSR to be quite an unassuming and open person. Unlike Chandrababu Naidu, whose mind was difficult to read and with whom communication was never easy, YSR was, as he put it in self while we were settling the ground rules for our relationship, “an easy person to get on with.”
YSR was quite as much of a workaholic as Chandrababu Naidu. The similarity however stopped there. Chandrababu Naidu set great store by what was said in the media, print or electronic. He was extremely sensitive to criticism and took even the slightest adverse comment to heart.
He would be upset if the government was criticised no matter how trivial the matter was. YSR on the other hand appeared not to care at all about what was said about him. He would wave away all criticism. He advised me also not to take quite so seriously what was said in the papers or TV channels.
YS was a remarkable man in many ways.
Such was the enormous freedom I enjoyed in controlling the administration during YSR’s time that once, when I mentioned to him about a complaint I had received that an official in the CMs office was issuing instructions to field officers directly which, in my view, was not quite proper, he told me to send for the official concerned and reprimand him!
YSR was also a very earthy and practical person. He established sound relationships with a large number of individuals. Even earlier, in his election campaign, he had travelled extensively all over the state, meeting a wide cross-section of people and learning in depth about various issues.