Articles about Hamid Ansari

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
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.

Manmohan Singh talks about intolerance, disturbing trends, and mob violence

20 Aug 2019

Pranab Mukherjee
Manmohan Singh talks about intolerance, disturbing trends, and mob violence

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday needled the intolerance debate by saying the country witnessed disturbing trends in the last few years.

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

07 Aug 2019

Pakistan News
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.

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

21 Dec 2018

India
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.

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

19 Dec 2018

India
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.

Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi on her 101st birth anniversary

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.

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

14 Nov 2018

India
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.

Tributes pour in for Indira Gandhi on her 34th death-anniversary

31 Oct 2018

India
Tributes pour in for Indira Gandhi on her 34th death-anniversary

The nation remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 34th death anniversary today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his predecessor Manmohan Singh, former President Pranab Mukherjee, and several other leaders paying tributes to her.

Ex-VP Hamid Ansari raises questions about 2002 Gujarat Riots

14 Oct 2018

Narendra Modi
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.

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

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.

Eminent Pakistani journalist known for dissent abducted, released hours later

06 Jun 2018

North Korea
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.

National Awards controversy triggers row between President's office and I&B

05 May 2018

Pranab Mukherjee
National Awards controversy triggers row between President's office and I&B

Did the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) keep plans about the National Awards ceremony private, which eventually led to a mass boycott?

Jinnah portrait  row at AMU: Police allegedly cane students
Jinnah portrait row at AMU: Police allegedly cane students

Many students of Aligarh Muslim University staged a protest after police allegedly caned them for marching to lodge a complaint against Hindu group that sought removal of Mohammed Ali Jinnah's portrait from the varsity's campus.

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

01 Apr 2018

Emmanuel Macron
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.

Day after truce with government, Rahul takes swipe at Modi

28 Dec 2017

India
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.

Jaitley: Modi didn't question Manmohan Singh's commitment to India

27 Dec 2017

India
Jaitley: Modi didn't question Manmohan Singh's commitment to India

Finance minister Arun Jaitley tried to pacify Congress with a half-apology claiming that PM Modi didn't mean to question former PM Manmohan Singh's loyalty to India.

Gujarat polls: Manmohan Singh lambasts PM Modi, seeks his apology

12 Dec 2017

India
Gujarat polls: Manmohan Singh lambasts PM Modi, seeks his apology

The usually restrained Manmohan Singh condemned PM Narendra Modi for spreading "falsehoods" and "canards." Condemning him of setting a "dangerous precedent," Singh asked Modi to apologize.

Gujarat polls: New controversy over Chidambaram's photo with Taliban leader

11 Dec 2017

Taliban
Gujarat polls: New controversy over Chidambaram's photo with Taliban leader

Before the second phase of Gujarat elections, Congress is facing a deluge of problems.

Mani Shankar Aiyar's dinner attended by former army chief, ex-diplomats

11 Dec 2017

India
Mani Shankar Aiyar's dinner attended by former army chief, ex-diplomats

The Gujarat elections' slugfest has veered in a different direction after Congress's Mani Shankar Aiyar called PM Narendra Modi a "neech" (low-life) person.

Modi alleges "secret meeting" between Aiyar and Pakistan officials

10 Dec 2017

India
Modi alleges "secret meeting" between Aiyar and Pakistan officials

Ahead of the second phase of polling in the Gujarat elections, PM Narendra Modi has upped the ante against the Congress.

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

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.

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

02 Sep 2017

Karnataka
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.

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

10 Aug 2017

India
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".

A handy guide to the August 5 vice-presidential polls

04 Aug 2017

India
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.

Ram Nath Kovind sworn in as 14th Indian president

25 Jul 2017

India
Ram Nath Kovind sworn in as 14th Indian president

Ram Nath Kovind has been sworn in as the 14th Indian president today at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi.

Pranab Mukherjee thanks all Parliamentarians as he steps down

23 Jul 2017

India
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.

Mayawati's resignation accepted by Rajya Sabha

20 Jul 2017

Dalit
Mayawati's resignation accepted by Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha has accepted the resignation of BSP supremo Mayawati, who quit two days ago alleging she wasn't allowed to talk about atrocities on Dalits.

BSP's Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha: What does this mean?

18 Jul 2017

Dalit
BSP's Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha: What does this mean?

On July 18, BSP chief Mayawati resigned from the Rajya Sabha after complaining of not being allowed to speak on atrocities allegedly committed on Dalits in UP.

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

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.

Minister Venkaiah Naidu is BJP's candidate For Vice President

17 Jul 2017

Venkaiah Naidu
Minister Venkaiah Naidu is BJP's candidate For Vice President

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been named the vice presidential candidate of the ruling NDA party on Monday.

Opposition picks Gopalkrishna Gandhi as vice-presidential candidate: Sources

11 Jul 2017

Venkaiah Naidu
Opposition picks Gopalkrishna Gandhi as vice-presidential candidate: Sources

According to PTI, the opposition has zeroed in on former diplomat Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, as its vice-presidential candidate.

GST: Modi launches 'Good and Simpler Tax' in historic ceremony

01 Jul 2017

India
GST: Modi launches 'Good and Simpler Tax' in historic ceremony

At midnight on July 1, PM Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee pressed a ceremonial button to herald the Goods and Services Tax, shifting India towards a 'One Nation, One Tax' regime.

Election for vice president on August 5

29 Jun 2017

Venkaiah Naidu
Election for vice president on August 5

Elections for the post of vice president will be held on August 5, two weeks after the presidential polls, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced.

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

07 May 2017

India
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.

15th anniversary of the Parliament attack

13 Dec 2016

Delhi Police
15th anniversary of the Parliament attack

Today marks 15 years of the most audacious attack on the citadel of Indian democracy.