Mohammad Hamid Ansari, who was born April 1, 1937, Calcutta [now Kolkata], India, an Indian diplomat, politician, educator, and writer who served as vice president of India (2007–17).
Recently Hamid Ansari authored a book By Many a Happy Accident which was launched a few days back. Since then it has become a source of controversy. Also, the latest interview in which Ansari Ji seems to be in checkmate state while answering to journalist question over the phrase, “Muslaman Khater main hai”. This phrase is communal for a person who has been in one the honourable post.
Recent Controversy of Hamid Ansari
Hamid Ansari Biography
Ansari, who was born to a wealthy Muslim family, completed B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
In 1961 he entered the Indian Foreign Service, where he served for nearly four decades. After postings to several countries over some 15 years (Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Belgium), Ansari was named ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1976–79). He also served as ambassador to Afghanistan (1989–90), Iran (1990–92), and Saudi Arabia (1995–99), as well as high commissioner to Australia (1985–89) and permanent representative to the United Nations (1993–95). In between those foreign postings, he was the chief of protocol for the Indian government in 1980–85.
Upon his retirement from the foreign service, Ansari was named to academic positions, including vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (2000–02) and visiting professor at two New Delhi schools—Jawaharlal Nehru University (1999–2000) and Jamia Millia Islamia (2003–05). He also worked for a private think tank and served on several government commissions and committees.