'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
When Lakshman came, Dravid and Lakshman were changing batting position. They were also not in competition.
Sachin became captain too early. He did not pursue that path, preferred to be a player later.
Dravid also got captaincy. Both captain got captaincy by merit at different times.
Both played T 20, IPL and showed that they can play short form of game in spite of age.
Indian cricket gave equal opportunities to both and both utilized in their own style.
" Be Good and Do Good "
Sachin has been an aggressive batsman. He attacks bowlers and keep their moral down. Rahul is patient and technically correct. He can play ultra-defensive innings. You can see Rahul occupying one end, when others loose wicket and take team through. All opposition teams concentrate on taking Sachin's wicket and that benefit other batsmen to chip-in and score.
When Sachin's aggression knocks down opposition bowlers and then other batsmen feast on that, then only our team stood a chance. However, Sachin can loose his wicket in such cases and Rahul comes to the rescue.
So, actually Team India was fortunate enough to have these batsmen which are champion of their sort of batsmanship to be in a team.
However, people like flamboyance. Hence, Sachin is more popular. There is nothing like politics. It's just peoples taste.
"Do not give up, things might not favour you always"
Sachin is always an attacking batsman wherein Rahul mostly defensive. Both have tore many bowling lineup with their sheer dedication and artistic play. When Sachin is on song nothing is unreachable and when Rahul on song, no bowler can go through him. Sachin easily get fitted in ODI style but for Rahul it took sometime to adjust the ODI style.
If we think like a musician than Rahul is always a traditional classical player but Sachin is mixer of both classical and pop/rock.
Both these batsman has received respect from all over the world. So, we can't say who is better, we must respect both of them and their contribution for the game and country.
At last, I am not agreed with you point that because of politics Sachin overshadow Rahul.
Well, everybody has positively and rightly responded to identify these two legends of the modern times. Thats why Sunil Gavaskar mentioned that these are the two eyes of Indian Cricket.
He has unique style in his game & is a gentleman player.
Both Rahul dravid & sachin Tendulkar has high contribution to Indian cricket and created status of Indian cricket at international level.
I will not prefer to compare both payers in terms of performance & behavior, because they are best at their respective level.
Both the players deserves equal respect as player & human being.
Apart from them there are other players too who played major role for Indian cricket. If we start comparing each one of them, then the discussion will become complex.
"Respect should be earned instead of demanding."
'Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance' - Confucious.