Mohammad Hamid Ansari is going to celebrate his 82nd birthday today. Mr. Ansari was born on 1 April 1937. Ansari, who was born to a wealthy Muslim family, completed B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. Mohammad Hamid Ansari is married to Salma Ansari, fathering two sons and one daughter. In 1961 he entered the Indian Foreign Service, where he served for nearly four decades. On this special occasion, let’s discuss some interesting facts about the former vice president of India.
1. Mohammad Hamid Ansari was arrested in 2012 on entering Pakistan from neighboring Afghanistan.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Mohammad Hamid Ansari resigned as NCM chairman soon after his nomination for the post of India's Vice-President.
5. Mohammad Hamid Ansari secured 455 votes and won the election by a margin of 233 votes against his nearest rival Najma Heptullah.
6. Mohammad Hamid Ansari served as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 1993 to 1995.
7. Mohammad Hamid Ansari is a grand-nephew of former Indian National Congress president and freedom fighter Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari.
8. Mohammad Hamid Ansari is the longest-serving chairman of Rajya Sabha.
9. Mohammad Hamid Ansari was the first person to be re-elected as Indian VP after Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in 1957.
10. Mohammad Hamid Ansari has served as an Indian ambassador and is ex-chairman of Rajya Sabha.