In his last interview before demitting the office of India’s vice-president, Hamid Ansari has said that Muslims in the country were experiencing “a feeling of unease”.
“A sense of insecurity is creeping in” as a result of the dominant mood created by some and the resultant intolerance and vigilantism, he added. Ansari also said he shared the view of many that intolerance was growing. In hard-hitting remarks during an interview to Rajya Sabha TV, he ascribed the spate of vigilante violence, mob lynchings, beef bans and “Ghar Wapsi” campaigns to a “breakdown of Indian values” and to the “breakdown of the ability of the authorities” to enforce the law. “…and overall, the very fact that (the) Indianness of any citizen (is) being questioned is a disturbing thought,” Ansari said.
This is how people reacted to Ansari’s “Muslims are feeling insecure” comment:
…और डरते डरते राष्ट्रपति/उपराष्ट्रपति तक बन गए! धन्य हो महाराज! 🙏 https://t.co/VLa4zgfrS5
— Rohit Sardana (@sardanarohit) August 10, 2017
10yrs. Enjoyed all pelf and privilege. Distributed patronage to ideological cronies. Now back to favourite past time https://t.co/OjAurehnxm
— Prasanna Viswanathan (@prasannavishy) August 10, 2017
Of course. Look at the Muslims of Kerala, West Bengal, Kashmir for starters. They're so scared that mere existence of Hindus threatens them. https://t.co/1WPYaKeAq2
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) August 10, 2017
Those statements by #HamidAnsari sahab on his last day as VP..what is he trying to do now? trying to get into JNU as student? Age is perfect
— Paresh Rawal fn (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) August 10, 2017
— Zubair Alvi (@Alvi_Zubair45) August 10, 2017
A real tragedy is that he has reduced himself to a spokesman for his community rather than Vice-President of all of India,#HamidAnsari
— Dr Sandhya A Patel (@sandhyaAkhl) August 10, 2017