Former Vice-President of India to speak at ANU

21 March 2018

The Australian National University (ANU) will welcome former Vice-President of India The Hon Mr Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Wednesday as he delivers a public lecture on the contributions and challenges of Islam in India.

Mr Ansari served as Vice-President of India and Chairman of the Upper House of Indian Parliament from 2007 to 2017 and is only the second person to be elected twice as Vice-President.

Mr Ansari has written extensively on politics in Asia including his book Teasing Questions: Exploring Disconnects in Contemporary India published in 2013.

A video discussion between Mr Ansari and Professor Amin Saikal, head of the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, is available at

The public lecture titled India and Islamic Civilization: Contributions and Challenges will take place at Llewelyn Hall starting 6pm Wednesday 21 March.