Former vice chairman Hamid Ansari on Wednesday stated that there’s a concerted effort by some within the nation to treat Muslims as “others” and burdened that India’s plural society has been the truth for hundreds of years.
Collaborating in a dialogue on his e-book “By Many a Joyful Accident: Recollections of a Life”, he stated his Muslim-ness didn’t matter and his skilled competence did.
“There’s a concerted effort from sure quarters to treat Muslims as others. Am I a citizen or not? If I’m a citizen, I’ve the proper to be a beneficiary of all issues that circulate out of citizenship,” he stated, however didn’t elaborate.
“A plural society was an existential actuality in India for hundreds of years,” he additionally famous.
Former Union minister and senior Congress chief P Chidambaram, who was additionally a part of the dialogue, stated he and Ansari are each pained because the developments of the final a number of years are “threatening those that are Muslims”.
“They really feel threatened and due to this fact they’re withdrawing,” he famous.
“Muslim identification is being intentionally focused in India and the present dispensation is focusing on them viciously,” Mr Chidambaram alleged.
Mr Ansari stated the controversy on Muslim identification is “considerably superfluous” as each has a number of identities.
“I carry a number of identities all on the similar time. Why ought to one identification be picked out merely to be ridiculed. A citizen is a citizen,” he stated.
Mr Ansari stated his expertise as knowledgeable diplomat for 4 many years didn’t discuss his Muslim-ness. “Once I was within the UN at a tough time my Muslim-ness didn’t matter. My skilled competence mattered,” he stated.