Special Reports

President releases Hamid Ansari’s book

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on 23 September released Vice President Hamid Ansari’s new book, Citizen and Society at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries including the former prime minister Manmohan Singh. The book is a collection of lectures delivered by Hamid Ansari ranging from the role of women in a multicultural society to other dynamics of a democratic nation.

Speaking on the occasion, the President complimented Vice President Ansari for bringing out the volume, which is a collection of lectures on diverse themes. The President said he normally receives books but made an exception in this case because he has known Vice President Ansari for many years not just as Vice President but as a scholar, diplomat and conscientious citizen of this great country. The President said when Ansari took oath as the Vice President of the Republic for his first term, the media had asked whether he was 'apolitical'. His response was that "No citizen is apolitical; as a citizen, by definition, has to take interest in public affairs". The President said this was the theme of the book -- it reminds us of our responsibilities as citizens. Democracies tend to be noisy and India is noisier than others but engagement with issues pays rich dividends for the citizens.

Prime Minister Modi complimented the Vice President on the release of his book. He said the world is changing and technology has transformed citizens into netizens. In the present context, we must preserve our traditions and family values which are our greatest strength.

Speaking about his book, Vice President Hamid Ansari said his volume was a collection of lectures on diverse themes such as polity, security and empowerment. He said he has made an effort to probe the diversity of challenges that confront India.