Former VP Hamid Ansari Breaks Silence On PM Modi's Remarks On His 2017 Farewell

| July 9 , 2018 , 16:14 IST

Former Vice President Hamid Ansari has opened up and reacted to the remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the former VP's last day in the Rajya Sabha.

Ansari's farewell was held on August 10, 2017, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi labelled him of remaining associated with certain circles.

As per reports, Ansari wrote in his book, “The Prime Minister participated in this and while being fulsome in his complements also hinted at what he perceived to be a certain inclination in my approach on account of my having spent, as he put it, both a good part of my professional tenure as a diplomat in Muslim lands and in post-retirement period on minority-related questions.”

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“The context, presumably, was my reference in Bengaluru speech to what I perceived as enhanced apprehension of insecurity and in TV interview to a sense of unease creeping in among Muslims and some other religious minorities,” he added.

Ansari's book 'Dare I Question?: Reflections on Contemporary Challenges' is a compilation of his speeches. The book is set to release on July 17 in Delhi by the former chief justice of India Justice T S Thakur. The reactions to the Prime Minister's remarks are part of the preface of the book.

Hamid Ansari had served the country as Vice President for 10 years from 2007 to 2017.