Select schemes not reaching Muslims: Former Vice President Hamid Ansari

Reacting on incidents of lynching, the former vice president said that nobody has the right to take law into their own hands.

Published: 12th July 2018 05:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2018 05:35 PM   |  A+A-

Former Vice President M Hamid Ansari (File | EPS)


NEW DELHI: Former vice president Hamid Ansari on Thursday said certain government schemes were not reaching certain minority communities, based on government data.

In an exclusive interview to ANI, Ansari said, "If one needs help in education or social related things, then, he/she should be given help through government programs. But according to some government reports based on complaints received, few of the government's schemes are not reaching them (Muslims)."

Ansari also urged the concept of equality for all.

"According to the country, there are 14.5 percent of Muslims in India. But in some areas, the percentage is high like Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, etc. The basic thing is they all are citizens. So, all the rights and duties given to all citizens should be given to them (Muslims) as well. No one should claim that they are different and they are getting less as compared to others. "

Reacting on incidents of lynching, the former vice president said that nobody has the right to take law into their own hands.

"I think public reaction says it all. Nobody has the right to take law into their own hands. There is a law in this country," he said.

In his last address as the Vice-President, Ansari had said that democracy would turn into tyranny if opposition groups are not given the right to free criticism, adding that a democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to minorities.

Before demitting the office, Ansari had also said that the Muslims in the country were experiencing a "feeling of unease."

"A sense of insecurity is creeping in as a result of the dominant mood created by some and the resultant intolerance and vigilantism," Ansari said, in an interview to Rajya Sabha TV.

He had referred to incidents of lynching and alleged killings as a "breakdown of Indian values, breakdown of the ability of the authorities at different levels in different places to be able to enforce what should be the normal law enforcing work and overall the very fact that Indianness of any citizen being questioned is a disturbing thought."

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • Narendra rana

    Mr Ansari's wife runs an NGO in West UP in which she gives aid only to Muslim kids.This couple are big hypocrites and the husband never once saluted the national flag even as Vice-President of the country. A petty-minded and shameless exploiters of the secular and democratic environment provided by ancient Indian Vedic civilization;with sole aim to promote narrow communal interests of only their own religious sect. Totally exposed man but quite useful to one of the main national parties
    7 months ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp