The outgoing Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari, has once again reiterated the need to protect the minorities in India.
Quoting former president, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Ansari said, “Democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to minority. Democracy is likely to degenerate into a tyranny if it does not allow the opposition groups to criticise freely and frankly the policies of the government. But at the same time, the minorities have also their responsibilities.”
While speaking for the last time in the Rajya Sabha, Ansari recounted the
“When I was welcome in this House 10 years back, an eminent leader, no longer with us in this world, gave me a piece of advice and I quote him, ‘You will be in pain after tomorrow. You have my sympathy that you should be able to bear this pain. I have an advice to you. However disruptive we are (in the House), don’t get angry even for a moment. Always have smile on your face.'”
Ansari said that that the Chair was like an ‘umpire in cricket or referee in hockey match, witnessing the play without becoming a player.’
He ended his farewell speech with an Urdu couple, “Aao ki aaj khatm karein daastaane Ishq, Ab Khatme Ashiqui ke fasaane sunayein ham. (Let’s now end our love story, we will now tell the story of end of our love affair.)”
His speech came amidst vile attack being launched by the members of right-wing brigade on social media for his comments that there was growing sense of unease among Indian Muslims today.