Hamid Ansari: News

Mohammad Hamid Ansari is a retired Indian diplomat, Indian National Congress (INC) politician, and former Vice-President of India. He did his Bachelor's and Master's in political science from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), and entered the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1961. He has served as an Ambassador to the UAE from 1976-79; High Commissioner to Australia between 1985-89; Ambassador to Afghanistan in 1989-90; Ambassador to Iran during 1990-92; and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1995 to 1999. He was the Chief of Protocol for the Indian Government during 1980-85 and a Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993-95. Ansari was also involved with academic institutions. He was a Visiting Professor at the Centre for West Asian and African Studies and Jawaharlal Nehru University (1999-2000) and Academy for Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia (2003-05). He served as the Vice-Chancellor of his alma mater, AMU, from 2000 to 2002. Ansari was elected as the Vice-President of India and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha for two terms from 2007 to 2017. Towards the end of his term, he made a controversial remark alleging that Muslims and other minorities feel a sense of unease in today’s India. He was honored with the Padma Shri in 1984.

Ex-VP Hamid Ansari again denied links with 'spy' Pakistan journalist

Former Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday denied inviting the notorious Pakistani journalist Nusrat Mirza to any seminar in India.

07 Aug 2019

Sushma Swaraj

Ansari's homecoming to rescuing people: How Sushma Swaraj touched lives

She opened the doors of external affairs ministry for the common man, she showed how to use social media for solving citizens' woes, and she set an example for all.

21 Dec 2018


Woman, for whom Ansari went to Pakistan, testified for him

The woman, for whom Hamid Ansari, entered Pakistan illegally and was arrested there, testified for him in the court hoping to facilitate his release, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday.

19 Dec 2018


Meri madam mahaan: Teary-eyed Hamid Ansari, mother meet Sushma Swaraj

The scenes in Delhi were emotional on Wednesday after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Hamid Ansari and his mother.

19 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi on her 101st birth anniversary

PM Narendra Modi and several other political leaders paid tribute to former PM Indira Gandhi on her 101st birth-anniversary today.

14 Nov 2018


PM Modi, Sonia pay tributes to Nehru's birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi today paid tributes to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 129th birth anniversary.

14 Oct 2018


Ex-VP Hamid Ansari raises questions about 2002 Gujarat Riots

While releasing a book written by Lt. General Zameer Uddin Shah, the man who had led the army response during the 2002 Gujarat riots, former Vice President Dr. Hamid Ansari raised questions about the civil administration and the police's failure to control the situation.

06 Aug 2018

Uttar Pradesh

AMU yet to take decision on removal of Jinnah's portrait

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Uttar Pradesh is yet to take a decision on removing a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah from the office of its students' union, an issue that had triggered a controversy in May.

06 Jun 2018

Pakistan News

Eminent Pakistani journalist known for dissent abducted, released hours later

Yet another Pakistani journalist, a vocal critic of Islamabad's military might, was abducted yesterday.

01 Apr 2018

Narendra Modi

Modi-wave hits Rajya Sabha TV: Channel gives PM more air-time

It seems PM Modi's booming "Mitron" speeches have heralded the long-awaited "acche din" for Rajya Sabha TV.

28 Dec 2017


Day after truce with government, Rahul takes swipe at Modi

After Congress's consistent clamoring for PM Modi's apology disrupted the Parliament, FM Arun Jaitley placated them by saying that Modi didn't mean to question ex-PM Singh's commitment to India.

21 Oct 2017

Pakistan News

Zeenat Shahzadi, missing Pak journalist linked to Indian 'spy', found

A Pakistani journalist missing since two years has been safely recovered, officials confirmed yesterday.

02 Sep 2017


Karnataka: 80-min flights between Mysuru and Chennai from 15 Sep

As Karnataka's Mysuru gears up for Dussehra celebrations from 21-30 September, commercial flight operations from the city, suspended in Nov'15, are set to resume on 15 September.

10 Aug 2017


Sense of insecurity, unease creeping in among Muslims: Hamid Ansari

A day before the end of his term, Vice President Hamid Ansari emphasized that Muslims in the country are experiencing "a feeling of unease".

04 Aug 2017


A handy guide to the August 5 vice-presidential polls

The election to decide India's next vice president is set to be held tomorrow, two weeks after the presidential polls.

23 Jul 2017


Pranab Mukherjee thanks all Parliamentarians as he steps down

With Ram Nath Kovind set to take his post as the 14th President of India, today was Pranab Mukherjee's last day at office.

18 Jul 2017

Narendra Modi

Smriti Irani gets charge of I&B Ministry as Naidu resigns

Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Textiles, has been given charge of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry after former incharge Venkaiah Naidu resigned.

07 May 2017


Justice Leila Seth: Glimpses through a legal luminary's life

Leila Seth, eminent jurist, India's first female Chief Justice of a High Court and mother of famous author Vikram Seth died from a cardiac arrest on Saturday night.