New Delhi, August 12: Senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar on Saturday attacked former Vice President Hamid Ansari on his “Muslims insecure remark” and said that he is free to go any country “where he feels secure”. Indresh Kumar was addressing a press conference after attending a Raksha Bandhan programme organised by RSS.
Indresh Kumar who was replying to a question on Hamid Ansari’s observation that Muslims living in India are insecurity, the RSS leader said, “unfortunately Ansari did not receive any support from any quarter. Even Muslims did not support him. For last ten years when he was in the chair, he was known as a secular figure. Now he has become a fundamentalist (kattarpanthi) Muslim. Earlier he was Bharatiya and now he has become communal. Earlier he was a leader of all parties but has now become a Congressman. For last 10 years, he never feels insecure. He should point out any country in the world where Muslims are secure. I don’t feel Ansari should remain in trouble (taklif). So, he should head to any country where he feels he will be secure.”
Hamid Ansari, whose second five-year term as the Vice-President of India ended on Thursday, made these remarks in the backdrops of incidents of “intolerance” and cow vigilantism.
Ansari also stated that he had flagged the issue of “intolerance” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues. Ansari also described the questioning of citizens over their love for India as a “disturbing thought”.
Ansari who is also a Rajya Sabha Chairman said that he also shared his concerns with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, “What passes between the Vice President and the Prime Minister in the nature of things must remain in the domain of privileged conversation”.
He said that he has also flagged the issue with other union ministers. “Well, there is always an explanation and there is always a reason. Now it is a matter of judgement, whether you accept the explanation, you accept the reasoning and its rationale,” Ansari said.
In an interview to Rajya Sabha, 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.”
“Something is obviously going wrong. What exactly, I do not have the final word, but I think there are enough people in the country who are worried about it. Eminent people belonging to different political persuasions and their worry must be taken on board,” the Vice President said to Rajya Sabha TV.
(With Inputs from PTI)