Former Vice President Hamid Ansari is in news once again and as usual for all the wrong reasons. We all know how millions of innocent Hindus and Sikhs were butchered during the 1947 partition where India was split into two. We also know how Sardar Patel undertook the humongous task of uniting India. But today, former vice-president Hamid Ansari has disappointed and angered the billions of Indians by holding India and Sardar Patel guilty of India’s partition.
Blaming Hindustan for the 1947 partition, Hamid Ansari said “We are not ready to accept that we are equally responsible for the division. While people like to believe that people across the border (Pakistan) or the British were responsible for India’s partition, no one wants to admit that India and Indians were equally responsible for it”.
He didn’t stop here as he went on to attack the man who united the nation, Iron Man of India Sardar Patel. While referring to a speech delivered by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on August 11, 1947, Hamid Ansari said “in that speech Sardar Patel had said he took these extreme steps after great deliberation. Despite his (Sardar Patel’s) previous opposition to Partition, he was convinced that to keep India united, it must be divided”.
Hamid Ansari added “But as politics of the country changed, someone had to be blamed. So Muslims became the scapegoat and were blamed for Partition”.
He has once again tried to portray that Muslims were always the victims in India. In the year 2017 he had courted controversy after saying that Muslims in India were not safe. Ansari had said “Overall, the very fact that Indianness of any citizen being questioned is a disturbing thought. Yes, it is a correct assessment. From all I hear from different quarters, the country. I heard the same thing in Bengaluru, I have heard from other parts of the country, I hear more about in north India. There is a feeling of unease, a sense of insecurity is creeping in”.
This was really a shocking statement because Hamid Ansari was himself India’s vice-president for ten years under the Congress party led UPA government. Yes, a vice-president of a Hindu majority nation. Yet he felt insecure in India.
Not just this, months back when it was revealed that there was a portrait of Pakistani leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the Aligarh Muslim University campus, protests erupted asking the removal of the portrait. But Ansari supported the Aligarh Muslim University students.