Invoking Urdu couplet, Manmohan Singh wishes Hamid Ansari good health, long life

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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 3:01 pm
Hamid Ansari, Rajya Sabha, Manmohan Singh, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, India news, Indian Express Outgoing Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, left, with former prime minister Manmohan Singh. (Express Photo/Anil Sharma/File)

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. He added that the vast and diverse country keeps moving forward because of the guidance received by great statesmen like Ansari. Speaking in the House, Singh invoked a couplet by Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib to wish Ansari good health and a long life. Ansari completed his two terms in office today.

“My thoughts go back to the days when you were first elected as Vice-President and Chairman of this House. As Prime Minister of India, I have received maximum possible guidance and cooperation from you,” Singh said.

Also read: PM Narendra Modi praises outgoing V-C Hamid Ansari. Click here.

“I often wonder what is it that keeps this vast diverse country of ours still moving forward. When I reflect on India’s history, the tensions and the challenges our country faces from time to time, yet it keeps on progressing because of people like you, of great statesmanship, has guided the country in various capacities,” Singh added.

Ansari, who served two five-year terms as Vice-President, said during his last address in the House, “The chair is like an umpire in a cricket match, witnessing players, from where you can see it all. It’s only source of reference is its book. Democracy will become a tyranny if it doesn’t allow the Opposition to question the government’s policies.” Read: ‘Idea’ of India being challenged with a certain frequency which makes me uncomfortable, says Ansari. Click here.

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    SOOTHSAYER
    Aug 11, 2017 at 9:31 am
    I think India is on the verge of dissolution ... india might not celebrate its 100th freedom day on 15th August 2046....thanks to Modi ...I want India to get dissolve as soon as possible......because we don't want to live with the fools, uneducated, racialists north Indians.
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    SOOTHSAYER
    Aug 11, 2017 at 9:30 am
    I think India is on the verge of dissolution ... dia might not celebrate its 100th freedom day on 15th august 2046....thanks to Modi ...I want India to get dissolve as soon as possible......because we don't want to live with the fools, uneducated, racialists north Indians.
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    Amrita
    Aug 11, 2017 at 5:51 am
    Statesmanship all right. He has the TV anchors buzzing. Sort of sounds like PM Modi thanking ex President Pranab Mukherjee. Suddenly realized ten years have gone by. What kind of questioning does the Opposition do? Of the Rahul variety or the Chidambaram. Given so many scams happened under your nose Mr ex PM you do not have our ear. Its best you stayed silent.
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    Poda De
    Aug 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm
    In spite of holding a high position, hard-boiled old-timer musalman does not change !
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