"Rahul tries to do gesture politics. He goes out and spends half a night in the home of a dalit in Uttar Pradesh. But I have been back to those homes, as other journalists have done, and talk to the people of the family and asked what was the follow up, what happened after Rahul Gandhi came and visited your house and they say nothing. It was pure posturing and gesture politics," Roberts told CNN-IBN in a television debate.
"He doesn't do the nuts and bolts of politicians. He doesn't stand up in parliament, does not say what he thinks about policies and does not gets his hands dirty in the dust of politics," he added.
Roberts observes that one of Gandhi's major drawbacks is his lack of communication with the media.
"We have neither a politician committed to serious economic debate, and nuts and bolts of parliament, nor do we have someone committed to media and communication side of it. So the question is where does Rahul Gandhi fit in this. What is his brand? I don't think people have an answer to that," he said.
Also on the debate was Vinod Sharma, political editor of Hindustan Times, who said that it is just a question of time for Rahul Gandhi to taste success in politics.
"Rahul doesn't see to be showing that politics is his bread and butter. It's about time that he started showing that. And if does that he will get his share of successes," Sharma said.