Speaking at the B G Verghese Memorial Lecture on ‘Journalism in times of strident nationalism’, he said “strident nationalism has no hesitation in transcending and transgressing individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution."
In November 2012, the IT engineer and MBA graduate had left home saying he was going to Kabul for a job interview. A week later, he had entered Pakistan through Torkham, in the hope of rescuing a 25-year-old Khattak tribal girl he had befriended via Facebook.
Hamid Ansari reached his house in Mumbai on Thursday. He had left India in November 2012 to meet a girl he befriended in Pakistan through Facebook after which he was arrested in Pakistan for illegally entering the country through Afghanistan.
Speaking to The Indian Express over phone, she said: “When I met him for first time, he didn’t even have spectacles. He could not see properly. He got scared that an old woman was approaching him in jail. Today, when I spoke to him after he reached India, we laughed over that memory.”
The Mumbai resident Hamid Ansari was lodged in the Peshawar Central Jail after being sentenced by the military court on December 15, 2015. His three-year jail term ended on December 15, 2018 but he was not able to leave for India as his legal documents were not ready.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a hurriedly called press conference that Ansari should apologise. Patra also recalled that despite being V-P for 10 years, Ansari had said he felt insecure being a Muslim.
Outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari completed two full terms in office on Thursday, August 10. He is being succeeded by BJP candidate Venkaiah Naidu. He has spent a large part of his watching over the Rajya Sabha, which was many times in uproar.
NDA Vice-Presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu will take on Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and the Opposition’s candidate, in the election on August 5 in which the BJP and its allies have a clear edge.
Sonia Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, L K Advani among other leaders remembered former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 111th birth anniversary who gave the slogan 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan', at his memorial at Vijay Ghat.
The nation today remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 146th birth anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and other leaders paying floral tributes to him at his memorial in New Delhi.
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”. To know more about the story watch out the video.
On Thursday, Vice-President Hamid Ansari completes exactly two terms in office, the latter part managing a Rajya Sabha 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. As he leaves office, Ansari […]
“We appreciate Morocco’s support for India’s candidature to expend it in United Nations. In our presence, discussions on five MoUs covering fields as diverse as water resources, television broadcasting, institutional cooperation and cultural and educational exchanges were also concluded between the two countries”, said Vice President Hamid Ansari who is leading a delegation to Morocco […]
As he embarked on a five-day visit to Morocco and Tunisia, Vice-President Hamid Ansari Monday stressed on India’s desire to strengthen trade ties with African countries and described the recent attacks on African nationals in India as “despicable”. About the attacks, Ansari said, “An incident is an incident and it needs to be condemned. It […]
New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee played host to a traditional and annual Republic Day 'At Home' reception for dignitaries and the general public on the lawns of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were French President Francois Hollande, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union Cabinet Ministers. Former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung were also among those who turned up for the function. French President Hollande was welcomed by Prime Minister Modi and other Indian dignitaries. The President's Bodyguards escorted President Mukherjee to the dais following which the national anthem was played. Thereafter, he mingled with President Hollande, the chief guest for the Republic Day parade, and others.