By calling cultural nationalism illiberal, Hamid Ansari panders to western notion of nationhood.
At a press conference that Indresh Kumar addressed after a Raksha Bandhan programme organised by the Rashtriya Muslim Manch of which he is “margdarshak”, the RSS leader was asked about Ansari’s recent observation that Muslims in the country were not feeling secure.
“A large part of the community is not ready to sing ‘Vande Mataram’. This is an insult to the motherland,” Shiv Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
The Prime Minister’s remarks in Rajya Sabha come four days after Ansari, speaking at the annual convocation of the National Law School of India University in Bengaluru, expressed concern over “enhanced apprehensions of insecurity amongst segments of our citizen body, particularly Dalits, Muslims and Christians”.
Ansari, whose second five-year term as the vice president ends today, on Wednesday has said in an interview to Karan Thapar on Rajya Sabha TV said that there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country, stating that the “ambience of acceptance” is now under threat.
Venkaiah Naidu’s comments came after outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari said the Muslims of the country were experiencing a sense of “uneasiness and insecurity.”
Recalling the initial days of Hamid Ansari’s tenure as Vice-President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said he received maximum guidance and cooperation from him.
Today, Hamid Ansari completes exactly two terms in office, the latter part managing the Upper House that was often in conflict with the government. Ansari has also served as India’s ambassador to several countries, was India’s Permanent Representative to the UN and also vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari’s term ends today: highlights from his farewell session in the Upper House.
As Hamid Ansari leaves office, he speaks to Indian Express on his two terms, the challenges he faced and those before the country.
“There is a sense of insecurity,” said Ansari, adding that India is a plural society that for centuries, not for seventy years, has lived in a certain “ambience of acceptance” which is now under threat
Moving the resolution, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said the House recalls that 75 years ago, Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi gave a clarion call to people for “do or die” to end the British Rule while asking the British to quit India.
On Saturday, senior BJP leader and former Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu was elected the 15th Vice-President of India. The election witnessed over 98 per cent polling and Naidu got 67 per cent of the total votes.
Quoting Swami Vivekananda, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said, “We must not only tolerate other religions, but positively embrace them, as truth is the basis of all religions.”
Ansari lauded Mukherjee for adorning the highest elected office with great distinction and dignity. “His contribution in enriching our national life, parliamentary institutions, and political discourse are highly regarded along with his unshakable belief in the idea of India,” he added.