Observing you I saw mannerisms of a career diplomat: PM Modi praises outgoing V-C Hamid Ansari

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. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 11:35 am
Rajya Sabha, Chairman Hamid Ansari, Quit India movement anniversary, Rajya Sabha resolution on Quit India Movement, India news, National news, Latest news, India news The Vice President Hamid Ansari said the Upper House also acknowledged this as an occasion to recall with gratitude the sacrifices of millions of Indians and saluted the memory of thousands who gave their lives for the freedom of India. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised outgoing Vice-President and chairman of Rajya Sabha Hamid Ansari on Thursday in the Upper House. In a statement in Rajya Sabha, PM Modi said, “P Hamid Ansari ji leaves with great memories, his contribution has been important. You have been a career diplomat, what it means I got to know when I became PM, observing you I saw mannerisms of career diplomat.” “Your diplomatic insights were invaluable, especially when I discussed with you before and after my bilateral visits,” added PM Modi.

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.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview to the Indian Express, the outgoing chairman of the Rajya Sabha spoke at length about the idea of India and how this notion is a matter of debate. In the interview, Ansari said: “India is secure. But the ‘idea of India’ is a matter of very considerable debate. To my mind the idea of India which was crafted (is) one that is multi-layered, which accommodates a great deal of diversity. So one can’t say that there is this one ‘idea of india’, there are multiple ‘ideas of India’ and they all fit into each other. Sanguine? The ‘idea’ is being challenged with a certain frequency which makes me uncomfortable.” Also Read: PM’s slogan impeccable — Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas; but then sabka saath means sabka saath, says Hamid Ansari

Commenting on institutional checks and balances in a democracy, Hamid Ansari said ‘one basic principle of democratic governance is accountability of those entrusted with responsibility of government’. He goes on to say: “In the formal sense, the structure is there, in the practical sense, less so. Let me explain. What is the job of an elected legislature? Lawmaking, holding government accountable and discussing matters of public concern. Each of these functions needs time.”

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  1. V
    Aug 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm
    Modi is praising even this communal snake.
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      John Dsouza
      Aug 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm
      Hope Modi learns some manners from the out gone VP.
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        Ashok Kumar H
        Aug 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm
        I am really astonished such a narrow minded and communal minded person was occupying the highest office of Vice President of India for 10 years. His departing comments are a shame! If he was uncomfortable he should have resigned after Modi was elected by the people of India as PM.
        1. N
          Aug 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm
          Respected Sri Ansari Ji, did you talk to Kashmiri Muslims about Kasmiri Pandits? What did you for protecting rights of Kashmiri Pandits? Sabka Saath does not apply to Kashmiri Pandits? Any how best of luck and wish you happy retired life.
          1. K
            Aug 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm
            While this person is doing ched in the thaali he ate in,our great PM is maintaining the dignity and decorum of this high cons utional office and giving him a dignified farewell.That is the difference between those who consider this country as their own motherland, and those who consider themselves as leftover of Saudi Arabians living in this land called India.
            1. i
              Aug 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm
              Anzaris only concern is about the unease felt by muslims, what about the unease casued by these muziz to people of other faith all over the world ??? What about the atrocities committed by muzis against the pandits and other minority communities in J K ??? where ever the muzis are majority, they commit the worst form of crimes against people of other faith and here in India u are shedding crocodile tears in the name of minority ??? Mr. VP, u are an educated and knowledgeable person, dont make statements like some religious leaders do in ur place of worship to torment hatred against India. If any Indians suspect muzizs about their patriotism, its only bcz of the deeds committed by u MUZIs !. No one is doubting the patriotism of a Sikh, or of Buddhist orJains or Christians or Jews or even atheists , then why only muzis complain ?? U preach to ur intolerant community to introspect and ask them to love this country or leave for ur country of choice ..... and i dont have to name that bcz a
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                Sanatan Pradhan
                Aug 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm
                Bhai sach bola.....
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                  M Syed
                  Aug 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm
                  Ignorant Bhakt. He was VP of India and is calling a spade a spade based on the current situation in India where a Cow is safe and not a woman. India won freedom not for just you guys but for all and everyone has equal stake in it and that nobody can deny. This was what Ansariji is challenging. But you need to have brains to read between the lines. Your brain is actually so biased these days that you can hardly think and that is the major problem. Go raise the international issues with GS of UN and you will get the right answer from them.
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                    Mahesh Joshi
                    Aug 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm
                    He should called it a spade when he was the VP for the last ten years. Not when he is leaving office. Shows his hypocrisy. Ansari couldnt resist showing off his religion.
                    1. H
                      Aug 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                      First calling everybody bhakt is your ignorance ... Second indian23, actually infered by reading between the lines. Third, UN is not the papa of all.....all nations are practically on their own.... Fourth --Forget that cow is safe...it is not, its unhealthy, left on their own on streets, around dumping grounds---cant you see urself.. stead of riding on the propaganda.... Fifth--Cant you see-- that nobody hates Good people,irrespective of religion etc.Problem is with bad people and majorly with terrorism because it directly threatens life create constant terror and fear in minds.Thieves, robbers, Rapists are loathsome but not to the level of terrorists Sixth---REASON some of them give -- is religious....Have you ever heard a murderer or robber giving religious sanctions behind his act(very few even if you've heard). SEVENTH--Muslims are generally shy abt debating religious debates-- i have friends--they cant carry debate too long--
                      1. H
                        Aug 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm
                        The whole world is waiting for Muslims to come themselves to criticise condemn and take action against fellow bad elements ... and abate the superfluous impression of Insecurity among them... All want to discuss openly abt their respective religions.. introspect,, and be courageous enuf to rectify the misinterpreted notions....This changing world needs reforms.... This land is of all.. people living on it....watch out for the roots of problem
                    2. T
                      Aug 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm
                      chalo Feku56 at least learnt some thing from Pranab Mukerji and Hamid Ansari because he doesn't get to know any thing of significance from DDU. he could not learn from Jawaharlal Nehru as he was busy selling tea in railway station ( a for the gullible) despite of the fact not one Indian has come out and claimed he had tea served by Feku56
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                        Divakar Shetty
                        Aug 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm
                        Some people see yellow everywhere (Jaundiced Eyes) We only can pray for you - Get well Soon
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