Cult of Mao should be reassessed, says grandson The deification of Chairman Mao went too far and China's revolutionary leader should now be now regarded as an "ordinary man", according to his sole grandson. Mao Xinyu, grandson of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, arrives at the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China "Many people have been put on an altar, including my grandfather," said Major General Mao Xinyu, 43, at an annual political meeting in Beijing. "But now, only by transforming them back into real people can they be understood and accepted by the public, who will then want to learn from them," he added. Mr Mao is a lecturer of Maoist studies at Guangzhou university. "Huge changes have taken place in the 37 years since grandpa passed away, but his thought is not outdated," he said. He added that corruption was a key issue. "Some party and govt leaders today sing slogans like 'serve the people' everyday but the democratic supervision is simply non-existent." The chubby Mr Mao has been roundly poked fun at on the Chinese internet for his physique, however. One joke widely reposted on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, was posted under a photograph of Mr Mao walking to the CPPCC in his uniform. "My mum told me since I was little that a military uniform looks good on everyone. When she saw this picture, she finally admitted defeat," the joke went. Cult of Mao should be reassessed, says grandson - Telegraph ******************************************** A couple of issues that come to mind. Can such fat people really be a part of the PLA? How can such a fat young man be a Major General of the PLA? Are ranks given in China as if some ancient lord is distributing largesse to obedient serfs? Do such fat young Major Gens actually get involved with military planning and other activities as a part of the professional cadre? And if Mao's grandson says so, it is really true that half the stories of greatness and grandeur and achievements are all cooked up to befool all! What is the reality?