A BOOK BY FORMER VP HAMID ANSARI SPEAKS VOLUME ABOUT POPULISM, NATIONALISM AND AUTHORITARIANISM

A BOOK BY FORMER VP HAMID ANSARI SPEAKS VOLUME ABOUT POPULISM, NATIONALISM AND AUTHORITARIANISM

By 1stnewz Staff : The book, "By Many A Happy Accident", is on Ansari's life as a diplomat, AMU V-C and then Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman for two terms. Ansari speaks of India’s descent in recent years into “populism, assisted by authoritarianism, nationalism and majoritarianism”.

 It also contains several accounts of Ansari's interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of them being when he had just become Vice President and was called on by Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat. " I referred to the post-Godhra  happenings in his state in 2002 and asked why he allowed it to happen. He said  that people look at only one aspect of the matter and pay no attention to the good work he has initiated, particularly for the education of Muslim girls, the book says.

Ansari also recounts that PM Modi walking into his office "unscheduled" and saying: ''There are expectations of higher responsibilities for you but you are not helping me''.

Mr Ansari said he told the PM that his work in the Rajya Sabha and outside was public knowledge. ''Why are bills not being passed in the din?'' - he quoted the Prime Minister as asking.

"I replied that the Leader of the House and his colleagues, when in Opposition, had appreciated the ruling that no bills will be passed in the din and that normal procedures of obtaining consent will be observed," Ansari writes.

"He then said that the Rajya Sabha TV was not favourable to the government. My response was that while I had a role in the establishment of the channel, I had no control over the editorial content and that a committee of Rajya Sabha members, in which the BJP was represented, provided broad guidance to the channel, adding that from all accounts, the channel's programmes and discussions were appreciated by the viewers," the book says.


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