Ansari, the former Vice President of India, reportedly attacked the country's democracy on Wednesday, as the country celebrated its 73rd Republic Day.
Ansari's comments have drawn criticism from Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who criticized him for his remarks on "cultural nationalism," according to media reports.
We have seen the emergence of new trends and practices in recent years which contest the well-established idea of civic nationalism and replace it with cultural nationalism, according to the report.
Now, Naqvi has reacted to Ansari's remarks at the IAMC event regarding "cultural nationalism".
Naqvi claimed that the event attended by Hamid Ansari on Republic Day was organized by a group with ties to SIMI and ISI.
Throughout the recent years, we have observed the emergence of trends and practices displacing the well-established notion of civic nationalism and substituting an entirely new and imaginary definition of cultural nationalism.
By presenting a religious majority as an electoral majority, it attempts to monopolize political power.
According to media reports, some of its recent manifestations are chilling. "It wants to categorize citizens according to their religion, encourage intolerance, insinuate otherness, and promote disquiet and insecurity," Ansari said in a press release for IAMC.
ABP News also reported that Naqvi has slammed former Ansari for criticizing India's democracy. In response to Ansari's statement, Naqvi stated that the "Craze for Prime Minister Narendra Modi bashing is evolving into a conspiracy for India bashing".