Minority issues being used for political purposes, says Venkaiah Naidu after Hamid Ansari talks about Muslims ‘uneasiness’

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."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 4:00 pm
venkaiah naidu, vice president naidu, minorities in india, venkaiah naidu on muslims, muslims in india, hamid ansari, indian express news Vice President-elect M Venkaiah Naidu addresses the media in Hyderabad. (Source: PTI Photo)

A day before assuming office, Vice-President elect M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that people were trying to use minority issues for political benefits. “Indian ethos is of mutual respect for each other. People try to use minority issues for political purposes,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. The former union minister also asserted that India is the most tolerant country .

“India is the most tolerant country…Unfortunately, some people are trying to blow it out of proportion and trying to defame India, raising it to national forum,” he said adding that the country “is the best model of secularism.” Naidu’s comments came after outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari said the Muslims of the country were experiencing a sense of “uneasiness and insecurity.” Hamid Ansari interview: ‘Idea’ of India being challenged with a certain frequency which makes me uncomfortable. Click here to read.

Ansari’s successor, however, noted that politics today revolved around cash, caste and community instead of development. “Unfortunately, now in politics 3Cs have entered– Cash, caste and community. We must return to 4 Cs — Character, caliber, capacity and conduct. Agenda of politics should be development,” Naidu said.

In his last interview on Wednesday, Ansari said, “A sense of insecurity is creeping in as a result of the dominant mood created by some and the resultant intolerance and vigilantism. A democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to minority. Democracy is likely to degenerate into a tyranny if it does not allow the opposition groups to criticise freely and frankly the policies of the government. But at the same time, the minorities have also their responsibilities.”

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    M. AHMAD
    Aug 12, 2017 at 11:45 pm
    IF MINORITIES ISSUES HAVE BEEN USED FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES, THEN WHAT YOU NATIONALIST HAVE DONE FOR MINORITIES AND ADDRESS THEIR PROBLEMS IN THREE YEARS BY YOUR GOVERNMENT. INSTEAD MUSLIMS HAVE BEEN LYNCHD BY THE GOONS OF GAU RAKSHAK AND UNRULLY MOB AND WANT TO SING FORCEFULLY BANDE MATRAM. AS YOU PEOPLE KNOW THAT MUSLIMS CAN NOT SING THIS AS IT IS AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF ISLAM.
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      M. AHMAD
      Aug 12, 2017 at 11:34 pm
      SACH KADUA HOTA HAI.
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        Shoaib
        Aug 11, 2017 at 10:52 pm
        Mr.naidu minority issues are not issues of India? What Mr.ansari has said is not a fact that Muslim lynched everywhere? U Bjp people always say Muslim appea t, Muslim politics when minority issues are raised. Tell me What we have got from that appea t that politics? U say these things to incite Hindu community and gather votes. May Allah humiliate u in this world as well as in hereafter.
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          SOOTHSAYER
          Aug 11, 2017 at 9:29 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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            Chander Pal
            Aug 11, 2017 at 6:34 am
            This Muslim appea t has gone too far. This congi TMC mentality is creating a sense of dejection amongst the Hindus. Ours is a biased history where invaders are heroes and fighters like Shivaji or Maharana Pratap are just persons in the margin. Here we can let go if Muslims ignore Vande Matram. While everyone sings Ishwar Allah tere nam, it's Jai Shri Ram which is communal.
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