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Hamid Ansari

Government Faces Embarrassment, Rajya Sabha Protests No Invite To Vice-President Ansari

Aug 01, 2017 Outlook Web Bureau

The chair passed strictures against the government for not inviting Vice President Hamid Ansari for the inauguration of a new annexe complex of Parliament.

'Diversity Is An Existential Reality'

Jun 01, 2016 Hamid Ansari

Full text of Vice President Hamid Ansari's speech at the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, on the presumptions of Muslim cultural homogeneity.


'SC Could Clarify Contours For Secularism & Composite Culture'

Full text of Vice President Hamid Ansari's speech at the 16th Convocation of University of Jammu

'Tactics To Suppress Dissent Diminish Democratic Essence'

Sep 24, 2015 Hamid Ansari

Vice President Hamid Ansari's address at the first Ram Manohar Lohia memorial national lecture at Gwalior.


'State's Deprivation, Exclusion & Discrimination Of Muslims'

Vice President Hamid Ansari's speech at the Inauguration of the All India Majlis-E- Mushawarat Golden Jubilee.

10 June, 2014

'A Communicator Of Ideas'

Hamid Ansari

That's how Khwaja Ahmad Abbas described himself. Who was he? Why was he what he was? What social and ideological impulses motivated him? Why is his vision of continuing relevance?


05 November, 2013

Identity And Citizenship

Hamid Ansari

Instead of a narrow concept of a singular identity implied by the classical concept of citizenship, the need is to recognise and accommodate the existence of a plurality of social identities.


24 September, 2012

'When We Introspect, We Need To Be Candid'

Hamid Ansari

'Did we slacken in our quest for quality? Have we kept pace with the changing requirements, nationally and internationally?'


15 June, 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi pose for the media after Mukherjee’s name was nominated for the post president during an UPA meeting, in New Delhi.

Calcutta Corner

Dola Mitra

Hindsight would perhaps tell Mamata that her public snub to the PM, the FM, the VP and Congress President may actually have left the Congress with no option but to officially announce Mr Pranab Mukherjee's name


13 June, 2012

Caught In A Bind

B. Raman

Mamata and Mulayam, by publicly proposing their presidential candidates, have confronted the Congress with two cruel alternatives both of which could cause it a loss of face


22 February, 2012

The Unknowable

Hamid Ansari

The Vice President's address at the Birth Centenary celebrations of Sachidananda Hiranand Vatsyayan ‘Agyeya’ (March 7, 1911 – April 4, 1987) PLUS documentaries and recitals


12 July, 2011

A Fine Balance

Hamid Ansari

The Constitution maintains a delicate balance between the centre and the states, which is dynamic and evolving and it is confronted with many challenges in this period of great change


08 July, 2010

Increasing Representativeness

Hamid Ansari

'In the past five General Elections the number of winning candidates who secured 50 percent or more of the valid votes polled has varied between 121 and 221; it was 121 in 2009'.


06 April, 2010

'Considerate To The Pardesi But Indifferent To Pardes'

Hamid Ansari

'The study of international affairs in our country is episodic, emotive and inadequate, propelled much too often by a propensity to conform rather than be driven by the logic of evidence'


19 January, 2010

'Ensure Oversight And Accountability'

Hamid Ansari

'There is no reason why a democratic system like ours should not have a Standing Committee of Parliament on intelligence'


29 April, 2009

Rust On Steel

Hamid Ansari

The civil servants have often enough succumbed to the temptation of tailoring professionally sound advice to subjective considerations. Is not dishonesty of the mind as dangerous as monetary or pecuniary dishonesty? This lack of intellectual and prof


22 November, 2007

'Its (US) Intentions Are Suspected'

Hamid Ansari

The U.S. has been mauled by non-state actors in Iraq; its policies have given an impetus to terrorism; it has lost domestic support for its Iraq policy; its unpopularity levels are alarmingly high in Arab and Muslim countries...


26 July, 2007

Scholar, Statesman, Gentleman

Arundhati Ghose

Not just a 'bhadralok', he is also a man of firm and strong views and an impartiality of spirit, articulate and self deprecating, a warm and loyal friend. For once, one salutes those who had the discrimination to select him to uphold the honour of th


Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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