Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Allow opposition to criticize, Hamid Ansari's farewell advice

Allow opposition to criticize, Hamid Ansari's farewell advice

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". When he was on chair he said nothing about these issues but now at the time of leaving he is doing politics. Modi further said Ansari did his best to uphold the Constitution. "A democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to minority", he said in his last interview as the Vice-President of the country.

"With his remarks that Muslims feel insecure in the country, Ansari has insulted the post of the Vice President, the government and the entire Hindu community", Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Joint General Secretary Surendra Jain said here.

"To that Hamid Ansari responds, saying, ".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 (the) Indianness of any citizen (is) being questioned, is a disturbing thought".

The Prime Minister suggested that Shri Ansari, with his long experience of running the Rajya Sabha, should pen down his thoughts on how the functioning of the Upper House can be made more effective. In one of his comments, Ansari questioned the liberty of Muslims living in India. "The opposition also has no right to disrupt the House".

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Modi said that Ansari was leaving behind "great memories" and his "contributions have been important". "It's only source of reference is the book of rules", he said. Leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad praised Ansari for the way he conducted the proceedings of the House and recalled how he never used several honorary degrees that he got from different countries.

He said that when his term started ten years ago, an eminent leader had advised him to keep his calm during the chaos in the Rajya Sabha and the suggestion served to be useful. A lot of them appreciated his constant endeavour to stick to the rules and not allowing any legislation to be passed during din.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that Hamid Ansari has contributed to the quality of debate with his wisdom.

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