Former Vice President Hamid Ansari said in an interview to a news channel about his new book that secularism has disappeared from the government’s dictionary. He not only questioned on the mindset of the anchor but also suddenly rose from the interview after being repeatedly asked questions related to his much talked about ‘insecurity among Muslims’.
In an interview aired on Zee News on Saturday night, Ansari iterated what he wrote in his book that today there is no word of secularism in the government’s dictionary. When asked if there was a word in the government’s dictionary before 2014, then his answer was – yes, but not enough. The anchor then began to ask counter questions one after the other. In this sequence, his questions ranged from Hindu terrorism to appeasement and ‘insecurity among Muslims’, mob lynchings and finally Ansari suddenly left the interview.
When Hindu terrorism was called, the question of whether there was secularism in the government’s dictionary spoiled Ansari’s taste. He said he had not said such a thing. “Do not connect the words of any A, B, C with me. Ask those who said this,” Ansari said.
“You were Vice President for 10 years, VC of MMU, Head of Minorities Commission, diplomat, the country gave you so much but on the last day of your tenure you said that Muslims are insecure, what is the reason?” On this question of the anchor, Ansari said he had said this on the basis of public perception.
In this context, he also referred to lynchings. In the counter question, when the anchor asked that lynching also happens to Hindus, Ansari said that it does.
The anchor asked this question many times why did you think that Muslims are insecure, but Ansari tried to avoid it by not giving any direct answer. He was repeatedly asking to read the footnote of his book carefully. Meanwhile, the anchor said the purpose of the interview was not to publicise his book but to question the things raised in it. He was sidelined when he was asked the question of ‘insecurity among Muslims’.
He told the anchor that his mindset was not right. “Did i invite you? You review the book… your mindset is not right. Saying this, he suddenly rose from the interview, saying thank you.
Actually, while being Vice President, Hamid Ansari made a statement that there was a feeling of insecurity among the Muslims of the country.
At the 25th convocation ceremony of the National Law School of the University in Bangalore, he said that insecurity among the minorities of the country had increased. Later in the interview given to Rajya Sabha TV a day before the end of his term, he had repeated these things.
Hamid Ansari has written in his new book By Many a Happy Accident: Recollection of a Life that both of these incidents caused outrage in some sections.