Hamid Ansari's parting barb annoys his successor Venkaiah Naidu

Sense of insecurity among Muslims triple talaq a social aberration not religious requirement Hamid Ansari

Vice President elect Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that India is the most tolerant country in the world. When asked about problems being faced by Indian society, Ansari had expressed his concern over the aggressive nationalism being propagated in the current times thereby shifting focus to the implicit role of the Narendra Modi led government. Ansari has also served as India's ambassador to several countries, was India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and also vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. The last vice president to be elected twice was S. Radhakrishnan, who served between 1952 and 1962.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that "diplomatic insights were invaluable" and admitted that the PM discussed finer points of diplomacy with the outgoing Vice-President "before and after" During his bilateral visits.

"A sense of insecurity is creeping in as a result of the dominant mood created by some and the resultant intolerance and vigilantism", Ansari said, in an interview to Rajya Sabha TV.

Kolkata-born Ansari, who schooled at St Edwards in Shimla and graduated from St Xavier's College in what was then Calcutta, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1961.

Targeting the outgoing vice-president for his comments, the BJP said such a "petty" remark was not expected from someone in his position. Political analyst Pushpesh Pant said Ansari has, at the risk of being labelled communal, "red-flagged an issue that needs to be red-flagged".

He said that Naidu rose from humble background and faced struggles during the early period of his life and has risen to become one of the top leaders in the country, which he said is the best part of democracy and the Constitution. The ruling party alleged that Ansari may have made these comments with an eye on post-retirement rehabilitation. The PM left nothing to imagination in his "other-isation" of Muslims, saying that Ansari spent several years in "that" circle. "Since you have been a long member, you obviously know the tradition, the culture and the functional style of this House", Jaitley said, addressing Naidu in the Rajya Sabha.

Following the ceremonial reception Naidu took over as the speaker of the Rajya Sabha in the Parliament. "The opposition also has no right to disrupt the House". "There will be a feeling of freedom to work, think and an opportunity to explain your view as per your fundamental thinking", Modi said.

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