“A feeling of unease and insecurity is creeping in among Muslims in India”- said the outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari in his last interview expressing his concerns over the attacks on minorities.
Hamid Ansari, who completed two terms as vice president on Thursday, said that there is a breakdown of Indian values and of the abilities among authorities at different levels in different places to be able to enforce what should be normal law enforcing work.
On being asked about his opinion on the Supreme Court’s order to play ‘Jana Gana Mana’ before every movie screening, he was quoted saying – “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.”
He went on further terming “questioning Indianness of any citizen” as a disturbing thought. The Vice President remarks came amidst the ever increasing accusations of Love Jihad, Ghar Wapsi campaigns and even killings of rationalists. Cow vigilante attacks, lynchings and the growing debate on beef bans add to the worsening situation.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi earlier raised similar concerns and urged people to not let “dark forces” diminish India’s core values.
Neither Ansari nor Gandhi pointed directly to any party or individual, but their statements can be seen to allude to the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Ansari was a member of the Congress before being nominated Vice President in 2007.
Recently, Venkaiah Naidu, backed by the BJP-led NDA, defeated the opposition’s candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi by 272 votes in the 2017 Vice Presidential election to become the 13th Vice President.