History ruled as Vice President Hamid Ansari met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Sunday, with recollections of the role played by the then Indian envoy to Hungary M.A.Rahman in the 1956 uprising in the central European country being underlined in glowing terms.
Ansari's visit to Hungary comes just days before Hungary commemorates the 60th anniversary of the 1956 revolution, and Orban recalled Rahman’s support to the uprising and also the backing provided by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Hungary cannot forget either him or Nehru, who advocated the Hungarian cause in the United Nations. It was a friendly gesture we can never forget,” he said.
Orban emphasized Ansari’s links to Rahman, calling the latter the vice president’s mentor. Ansari, as a young diplomat, had worked with Rahman.
Rahman’s family has been invited to participate in the 60th anniversary celebrations of the uprising, to be held on October 25.
Ansari is visiting Hungary as part of his five-day, two-nation tour. He leaves for Algiers on Monday.