“The dialogue about religion has always existed in this country and will continue to do so. But the only way this dialogue will be productive is if there is physical security.”
“No effort at seeking socio–economic equality between citizens is possible unless the state, as the implementing agency, is secular in letter and spirit,” said Hamid Ansari
VHP Joint General Secretary said Ansari stands exposed after attending the programme organised by the women’s wing of Popular Front of India which is under the scanner for alleged links with terror outfits.
Salma Ansari alleged that when a child of her madrassa went to fill a bottle at night he saw two men mixing something in the tank.
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