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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              adi
              Aug 11, 2017 at 6:27 am
              There cannot be seeking of sympathetic feelings from any other person or group even within the community if one maintains hard feelings or fails to reach a common acceptable values of coexistence and integrates ones values to form a larger group under common governance, smaller groups with their interests have always been there and would be there always having some conflicting sentiments with one or other groups but that is the only process by society as such devlop and find newer or modified common values for its members. Therefore it is very essential that as an individual first ine has to realize his or her freedom and ensure economic prosperity whatever hardship it should not matter. 3/n
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                adi
                Aug 11, 2017 at 6:26 am
                The cause of such feelings is abscence of inner peace and satisfaction within each of oneself us. we as a society find security in groups (whatever) where leadership of such groups exploit our insecurities with the objective of gaining group cohesiveness and therefore enabling prolonging of their leadership role, while group members whenever they fail to use their intellect and argue with themselves the correctness and validity of the sermons so delivered to them seeking unquestioned compliance. Societies who have survived for long periods of time have done so not because of brute force and tortures dealt by the others but because of acceptance of the situation and adapting themselves to the situations, not that feelings of insecurity had vanished in the process. 2/n
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                  adi
                  Aug 11, 2017 at 6:22 am
                  Well its lamenting to have such comments from such a senior and learned person while still in chair/office. But is such feeling of insecurity felt only by a community or are there various groups among the society who share share similiar feelings. would have liked such a dignified personality to have spoken words which would have inspired the community through relevant examples of great and relevant personalities from the community, though it is also correct to vent ones feelings and on behalf of community, but why not look beyond the boundaries of one community and asssess if such feelings are endemic in society(INDIA or even worldwide) as a whole. 1/n
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