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Hamid Ansari leaves today after two consecutive terms as the Vice-President
Posted on: 10-08-2017 , 04:00:PM | DY365 Bureau


August 10, 2017: Mohammad Hamid Ansari ends his two successful terms as Vice-President of India today. He was first elected as the Vice-President of India and the Rajya Sabha Chairman in 2007 and reelected in 2012 defeating Jaswant Singh of BJP by a margin of 252 votes.

The Rajya Sabha members and Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Hamid Ansari for his contribution to the Indian diplomacy and politics.

PM Narendra Modi said that that his "diplomatic insights were invaluable" and admitted that the PM discussed finer points of diplomacy with the outgoing Vice-President "before and after" bilateral visits.

In the interview, Vice President Ansari referred to incidents of lynching and 'ghar wapsi' and alleged killings of rationalists as a "breakdown of Indian values, breakdown of the ability of the authorities at different levels in different places to be able to enforce what should be normal law enforcing work and over all the very fact that Indianness of any citizen being questioned is a disturbing thought."

He said India is a plural society that has for centuries, not just seventy years, has lived in a certain "ambience of acceptance" which is now "under threat". He was of the view that the propensity to be able to assert your nationalism day-in and day-out is "unnecessary".


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