Former Vice President Hamid Ansari on Thursday backed the proposal of opening Sharia courts in the country and said that “each community has a right to practice its own personal law”.
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Hamid Ansari said, “The PM spoke a lot and was fulsome in his praise too. I responded in my speech, including a sher (couplet) at the end — but then his army of supporters feasted on it.”
The former vice-president of India feels that the widely accepted pluralist view of nationalism and Indianness is now being challenged by a viewpoint depicting “purifying exclusivism” through the idea of “cultural nationalism”.
Ansari said “history is history. It has to be read. You can draw lessons from it, you can draw encouragement from it, or you can just read it as a college student preparing for term examinations. History cannot be changed”.
This is the first time Ansari has publicly condemned the violence on the AMU campus. Ansari also thanked the AMUSU for conferring the lifetime membership on him.
Hamid Ansari said: “Muslims require empowerment through focused affirmative action to enable them to join others and take their place at the commencement point from which ‘Sabka saath Sabka vikas’ becomes meaningful.”
“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”.