'Your diplomatic insights were invaluable': Modi to Vice President Ansari

Sense of insecurity among Muslims triple talaq a social aberration not religious requirement Hamid Ansari

Asked specifically about his speech on Sunday in which he spoke about a nationalism with cultural commitments at its core being perceived as the most conservative and illiberal form of nationalism, and whether the remark was about the mood of the country in 2017, he replied: "Oh, absolutely". "Even after retirement your work involved similar issues, whether in the the minority commission or at AMU". He also added that democracy is questioned when the voice of the minorities are unheard, as the opposition groups are not let to express their views.

Ansari said the idea that India has been a plural society for centuries and not for 70 years was under threat. Citing the political problems in India, Ansari stated, "There is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among the Muslims in the country".

Accusing Ansari of playing "Muslim politics", the BJP leaders said he is sending out feelers to the Opposition camp. In one of his comments, Ansari questioned the liberty of Muslims living in India.

Ansari, also said that there is a breakdown of Indian values and the ability of authorities at different levels in different places to be able to enforce what should be normal law enforcing work.

In his farewell remarks as he demitted office as Vice President, Ansari told Rajya Sabha members that the Upper House was a creation of the Constitution whose founding fathers wished it to portray India's diversity and to be a calibrated restraint on hasty legislation. "The character of this House is that things start with a lot of acrimonious debate, noise, disruptions but eventually you would have seen during your tenure that nothing remains indefinitely held up", he said.

Ansari said: "Deviation from the golden rule contributes neither to diligent policymaking nor to our claim to be a mature democracy based on rule of law".

Speaking to ANI, Khan said, "Mr. Ansari's statements were absolutely true. And I am not the only one in the country; a great many people feel the same way". Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien appreciated Ansari for extending the working hours of the Rajya Sabha's day from 5pm to 6pm. Majority appreciated his constant endeavour to stick to the rules and not allowing any legislation to be passed during din.

The Prime Minister said that Shri Ansari's family has been in public life for generations.

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