Article: Hamid Ansari, a man with indefatigable hope and courage to speak the truth


As a component of PAIGAM, a grassroots media support and exploration organization of researchers and activists, we as of late got a chance to meet the previous VP of India, Hamid Ansari. Our gathering was worked with by the diaspora-based promotion association, Hindus for Human Rights, to check India’s 73rd Republic Day.

Ansari thoughtfully consented to record a video message for us, which is present all around the news in India since heads of the Bharatiya Janata Party have chosen to target him for raising worries over developing dangers to the main archive in India – the Indian Constitution. A segment of the media has additionally sent off an awful assault on him.

For the individuals who might not have seen and heard his concise message, here is a word for word record:

Today is Republic Day.

Presently as everybody knows, India acquired its independence from British rule on the fifteenth of August 1947. And afterward, individuals of India gave themselves a constitution on the 26th of January [1950]. So the meaning of the day, Republic Day, is the day when the constitution was officially initiated.

The [constitution] recommends widespread grown-up establishment and incorporates an exhaustive contract of freedoms and obligations including the obligation to ensure the legacy of our composite culture and to advance the soul of the organization. This has supported and supported the Indian majority rules system for quite some time and through seventeen general decisions.

We have today… We are figured to be the biggest majority rules government on the planet and we are pleased to be so. Our own is a tremendous land and various land inhabited by residents of various foundations, communicating in various dialects and affirming various convictions. Just about 20% of our kin have a place with strict minorities.

As of late, we have encountered the development of patterns and practices that question the grounded guideline of city patriotism and intervene in a new and fanciful act of social patriotism. It tries to introduce a discretionary greater part in the pretense of a strict larger part and hoard political power. It needs to recognize residents based on their confidence, give vent to prejudice, intimate otherness, and advance restlessness and frailty. A portion of its new signs are chilling and ponder inadequately our case to be represented by law and order.

Why have portions of assessment in a plural society with a long custom of the convenience of variety, chosen to address it for a one-sided and twisted perusing of its past? That is an inquiry that must be addressed. These patterns should be challenged, challenged legitimately, and challenged strategically. Much obliged to you.

Jai Hind!

While we observed the previous VP’s comments moving, exact, and advanced looking, we were totally dumbfounded by the glow and transparency with which he invited us to sit and visit over tea after we recorded his video.

We had expected to gain something from the legislator and the previous ambassador however what we found rather was an individual of extraordinary interest who needed to gain from us.

His understanding, capacity to tune in, ingest and reflect was irresistible never during the discussion did he at any point endeavor to force his insight and perspectives on us.

There were many interesting perspectives to that paramount association that struck us.

One was an extremely strong and representative message that “there is no resting”. At 85 years old, when even the most regarded authorities resign from public life, this legislator sharp-looking and promptly positioned in his office with a colossal heap of perusing material around his work area showed an astounding enthusiasm to look for replies about the course and way that India is taking.

It is currently obvious to us that sincere and consistent responsibility towards country building comes not from position, power, and office, but rather is because of a sheer “soul”, faith in, and love for one’s nation and comrades.

After calmly and cautiously paying attention to perspectives for around 45 minutes, he interposed:

“Yet, isn’t this disdain just at the degree of talk and TV screens? Aren’t individuals bound to remain together on the ground? Would they be able to truly stand to loathe and get despised when it’s with regards to ordinary undertakings – imagine a scenario in which the seller, electrical expert, or your primary care physician is a Muslim, can individuals truly bear to deny their administrations.

“Dr. Ambedkar gave the best recipe of the crew. Is there any getting away from that with regards to the regular lived encounters of individuals?” He added.

Ansari is worried about the division and mutual pressures we are finding in the nation, yet he accepts that the crew among individuals will definitely come to the guard of the comprehensive soul of India. He is extraordinarily energized by the rancher’s fight and the Muslim ladies who drove the counter CAA-NRC fights.

This carried us to one more unquestionable nature of his: his determined expectation and confidence in individuals, in majority rules system. Ansari uncovered a good faith that we, as more youthful Indian residents, have truly been absent in the public talk on India. He advised us that a genuine nationalist places their confidence in individuals that make up a country and considers individuals to be the life and breath of our constitution.

As he came outside to see us off, that flash in his eyes remained with us. “We don’t feel the same way when we generally meet lawmakers, isn’t that right?” – we shouted to one another.

This republic day, we got back with the endowment of idealism from Hamid Ansari, and a restored motivation to be dynamic partners in this group and dynamic course of a country building – for its kin. – Courtesy The Wire

Akriti Bhatia shows Sociology at Miranda House, Delhi University and is the Founder, of PAIGAM (People’s Association in Grassroot Action and Movements).

Deepak India is a Ph.D. research researcher at the Center for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University.