16 January, 2021

'I Believe India Acted With Great Haste On The Iran Vote'

The UPA-Left's vice-presidential candidate has consistently opposed the American policy in West Asia and will carry his beliefs to his new office

'I Believe India Acted With Great Haste On The Iran Vote'
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On paper, the UPA-Left candidate for the post of vice president, Hamid Ansari, has all the right credentials. A distinguished diplomatic career, a former vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, a professor at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, chairman of the National Minorities Commission, a regular at think-tanks and seminars, a man of letters. But in an age when America calls all the shots in the world, the Indian establishment jettisons old friends to shift closer to the US, and foreign policy experts increasingly toe the American line in the Indian media, Ansari stands apart. He has consistently opposed the American policy in West Asia and has been a trenchant critic of India's decision to vote against Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). A more cautious and less courageous man would have tempered his position and softened his stance towards the US during an election campaign. But in the course of an extended interaction with Outlook, it became clear that Ansari will carry his beliefs to his new office. Excerpts from an interview with Saba Naqvi...
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