Source: Yahoo News
BY ASHOK SHARMA
NEW DELHI (AP) — A top retiring Indian official on Thursday embarrassed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government by saying Muslims were feeling insecure under his rule following attacks on them by Hindu hardliners on mere suspicion that they were killing cows considered holy by majority Hindus.
In an interview with state-run Rajya Sabha television channel broadcast Thursday, Hamid Ansari said intolerance was growing in India with Hindu hardliners questioning the nationalism of Muslims who comprise nearly 14 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people.
Ansari, a Muslim, ended his second five-year term as India’s vice-president, a ceremonial position, on Thursday.
He said he had conveyed his concerns to Modi and some of his ministers.