New Delhi, Aug 10: Hamid Ansari, in his last interview before demitting the office of Vice President of India, said that there’s “a feeling of insecurity” and “a sense of unease” among the Muslims in the country. “There is a feeling of unease, a sense of insecurity is creeping in” as a result of the mood that has been created by some in the country, Hamid Ansari added.
“…I interact with fellow citizens and there are (a) great many people from different walks of life who come and talk about it.” When asked by the interviewer whether he has shared his thoughts with the Prime Minister, Ansari said, “Yes…yes. But what passes between the Vice President and the Prime Minister in the nature of things must remain in the domain of privileged conversation,” Hamid Ansari said.
About the government’s response on this, he said, “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.”
In an interview to the Rajya Sabha TV, Hamid Ansari, referring to the incidents of vigilante violence, mob lynchings, and beef bans, said that these incidents attribute to 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 overall, the very fact that Indianness of any citizen being questioned is a disturbing thought.”
When asked why he things Indian values are breaking down, Hamid Ansari said, “Because we are a plural society that for centuries, not for 70 years, has lived in a certain ambience of acceptance. This acceptance is under threat.”
“This propensity to be able to assert your nationalism day in and day out is unnecessary. I am an Indian and that is it,” he added.
About the Supreme Court ruling that the National Anthem should be played before film screenings and some other courts giving similar directions, Ansari said, “The courts are a part of society. So what the courts tend to say sometimes is reflective of what the prevailing atmosphere in society is. I call that a sense of insecurity… This propensity to be able to assert your nationalism day in and day out is unnecessary. I am an Indian and that is it.”
The second five-year term of Hamid Ansari ends today.
With inputs from IANS.