19 Facts About Mohammad Hamid Ansari

1. Mohammad Hamid Ansari was arrested in 2012 on entering Pakistan from neighboring Afghanistan.

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2. Mohammad Hamid Ansari quoted, "The language used by the Pope sounds like that of his 12th-Century counterpart who ordered the crusades.

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3. Mohammad Hamid Ansari said this on the last day of his tenure as the Vice President of India, one of the highest constitutional posts in the country.

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4. Mohammad Hamid Ansari feels that there is a sense of unease among Indian Muslims.

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5. Mohammad Hamid Ansari was the chairman of a working group on "Confidence building measures across segments of society in the State", established by the Second round Table Conference of the Prime Minister on Jammu and Kashmir in 2006.

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6. Mohammad Hamid Ansari is a West Asia scholar and has written on the Palestinian issue and taken positions inconvenient to the Indian official line on Iraq and Iran.

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7. Mohammad Hamid Ansari secured 455 votes, and won the election by a margin of 233 votes against his nearest rival Najma Heptullah.

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8. Mohammad Hamid Ansari resigned as NCM chairman soon after his nomination for the post of India's Vice-President.

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9. Mohammad Hamid Ansari became the chairman of India's National Commission for Minorities on 6 March 2006.

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10. Mohammad Hamid Ansari wrote that appointing Ansari for this post at a time when "Pakistan went all out to bring Kashmir to the centre of international attention after the end of the Cold War" showed India's secular credentials.

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11. Mohammad Hamid Ansari served as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 1993 to 1995.

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12. Mohammad Hamid Ansari is married to Salma Ansari, fathering two sons and one daughter.

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13. Mohammad Hamid Ansari is a grand-nephew of former Indian National Congress president and freedom fighter Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari.

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14. Mohammad Hamid Ansari is the longest serving chairman of Rajya Sabha.

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15. Mohammad Hamid Ansari was reelected on 7 August 2012 and was sworn-in by Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India.

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16. Mohammad Hamid Ansari was elected as the Vice-President of India on 10 August 2007 and took office on 11 August 2007.

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17. Mohammad Hamid Ansari worked as an ambassador and served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University from 2000 to 2002.

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18. Mohammad Hamid Ansari was the first person to be re-elected as Indian VP after Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in 1957.

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19. Mohammad Hamid Ansari has served as an Indian ambassador and is ex-chairman of Rajya Sabha.

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