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?

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Triple talaq is a personal law, courts cannot interfere

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Congress leader and Amicus curiae in the triple talaq matter, Salman Khurshid, on Friday declined to comment on the Islamic divorce practice, saying that the matter has been presented before the Supreme Court and now the decision lies with the judges.

“That is upto the judges. Our work is to argue and we have done it. We have kept our point in front of the judges and now the decision lays upto them. We can’t say when the court will pronounce its judgment,” Khurshid told ANI.

Earlier on Thursday, hinting towards the difference in his and All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) opinion, Khurshid suggested that the court should harmonise different views so that becomes one acceptable view available for the courts in the country.

“I have suggested that this harmonising effort has to be undertaken. The personal law board has said that the harmonising effect cannot be done by court and should not be done by court. They have suggested legislation. I have said that if something is a part of personal law, then neither legislation nor courts can interfere,” Khurshid told the media here.

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