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Rajya Sabha bids farewell to Vice-President Dr Hamid Ansari

More damningly, Ansari spoke about how he had held several meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet regarding the increase in these violent crimes. The chair is like an empire in a cricket witnessing players, from where you can see it all but not become a part of it.

Soon, as Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Ansari melted political hearts and after a couple of sessions of Parliament even the cynics could be heard praising the dimunitive, smiling, figure as he reached out to shake a hand, or saluted the other with a cheerful "adaab". "But what passes between the Vice-President and the PM in the nature of things must remain in the domain of privileged information". "There may have been some struggle within you (all these years) but from now onwards, you won't have to face this dilemma". Perhaps hinting at that, Modi, in his farewell address, told Ansari that, free from the restraints that the position of vice president placed upon an individual, "you will be free to act, talk and work in accordance with your basic political ideology and instinct". "I hope you will continue to guide the nation in moving forward on the path laid down by the Constitution", he added, while joking that Ansari has kept himself physically fit.

"It is unfortunate that Ansari followed (Md Ali) Jinnah rather than adopting the paths of former president APJ Abdul Kalam and freedom fighter Maulana Azad", Jain said.

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Another leader who retired from the Rajya Sabha on Thursday was CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. BJP leader Ram Madhav, for instance, had made adverse comments when Ansari did not salute the national flag at the Republic Day Parade when then US President Barack Obama was the chief guest.

"A sense of insecurity is creeping in as a result of the dominant mood created by some and the resultant intolerance and vigilantism", Ansari had said in an interview to Rajya Sabha TV. He is still a vice-president and such comments do not suit his office's dignity. What exactly, I am not the final word on it, but I think there are enough people in the country who are anxious about it. Modi said that Ansari was leaving behind "great memories" and his "contributions have been important".

Naidu the second leader with an RSS-BJP background to be elected VP after Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, also stressed that "India is secular not because of political leaders but because of its people and civilisation". Mr Ansari also maintained that "a democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to the minorities".

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