Former PM Manmohan Singh launches economist Rao’s book

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Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Thursday, released a book by former Planning Commission and Finance Commission member C H Hanumantha Rao. While launching Rao’s book, ‘My Journey from Marxism-Leninism to Nehruvian Socialism’, Singh called Rao ‘a most creative thinker, social activist, and distinguished economist.

A period, on which Professor Rao does not comment on much, that is the period of Emergency. But it is quite clear from his writings, and more so from this book that he was not very happy with Emergency and the suspension of human rights and civil rights in our country,” Singh said, of the 1975 Emergency imposed by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

From being an ardent Marxist, Rao came to realise that “there is more than meets the eyes in Nehruvian Socialist concepts,” Singh said.


A sense of insecurity is creeping in among Muslims: Hamid Ansari

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In an interview to Karan Thapar, outgoing Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari talks about a wide range of issues, including on cow vigilante attacks, lynchings and the mood of the Muslim community. The interview is scheduled to be broadcast by the Rajya Sabha TV at 8 pm on August 10, the last day of Ansari’s term. Full transcript of his interview with Karan Thapar:


Karan Thapar: Mr Vice-President, let me start with a rather unusual question – you were born on April Fool’s day in 1937. Is that the secret of your success?


Hamid Ansari: Well most of my life I got away without having to give a birthday party. And that tradition was broken only in my first birthday in this House, when a message came in the morning that Dr and Mrs Manmohan Singh would wish to come and wish you happy birthday. I couldn’t say no to that!


Karan Thapar: Now, you’ve spent 10 years as Vice-President, and as I said, no one has spent more time as Vice-President than that – what did it mean to you, a career diplomat, to be Vice-President of India?


Hamid Ansari: Well, I said right in the beginning that every citizen is in a sense, a political creature. But being in the thick of things was a new experience, a novel experience.


Karan Thapar: Did the protocol, did the prestige become inhibiting for someone who was quite a free bird? Or was it something that you were to accustomed to as a High Commissioner and as an Ambassador?