Indian Muslims will live, die for India, says PM Narendra Modi

"This is a crisis against humanity, not a crisis against one country or one race," said Modi on terror.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2014 11:37 am
"This is a crisis against humanity, not a crisis against one country or one race," said Modi on terror. “This is a crisis against humanity, not a crisis against one country or one race,” said Modi on terror.

Indian Muslims will live and die for India, and the al-Qaeda is “delusional” if it thinks they will dance to their tune, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in an interview ahead of his US visit.

“My understanding is that they are doing injustice to the Muslims of our country. If anyone thinks Indian Muslims will dance to their tune, they are delusional. Indian Muslims will live for India, they will die for India — they will not want anything bad for India,” Modi said in an interview to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.

He was responding to Zakaria’s question on the al-Qaeda chief’s video and appeal on an al-Qaeda in India-South Asia which would free Muslims from the “oppression” in Kashmir and Gujarat.

To a question about very few Indian Muslims being a part of the al-Qaeda, although it exists in neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, Modi said he saw it as a fight between “humanity and inhumanity”.
“I’m not the authority for doing a psychological and religious analysis on this. But the question is whether or not humanity should be defended in the world. Whether or not believers in humanity should unite. This is a crisis against humanity, not a crisis against one country or one race. So we have to frame this as a fight between humanity and inhumanity, nothing else,” he said.

Asked if India and the US could develop a genuinely strategic alliance, Modi said, “I have a one word answer, and with great confidence I say — yes.

Let me explain — there are many similarities between US and India. If you look at the last few centuries, two things come to light — America has absorbed people from around the world, and there is an Indian in every part of the world. This characterises both the societies. Indians and Americans have co-existence in their natural temperament. Now yes, for sure, there have been ups and downs in our relationship in the last century. But from the end of the 20th century to the first decade of the 21st century, we have witnessed a big change. Our ties have deepened. India and the USA are bound together, by history and culture. These ties will deepen further.”

Responding to a question on whether there is a genuine desire from Washington to try and upgrade the relationship with India substantially, he said relations between the two countries should not be seen “within the limits of just Delhi and Washington”. “It is a much larger sphere. The good thing is that the mood of both Delhi and Washington is in harmony with this understanding. Both sides have played a role in this,” he said.

While they welcomed Modi’s statement, Muslim organisations wondered whether this would be sufficient to stop BJP leaders from making hate speeches against the community.

“This is a very good statement he has made and it should be appreciated without any reservations. There should not be any politics in that,” said Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind general secretary Mahmood Madani.

“We welcome PM Modi’s statement that Indian Muslims will never support a terrorist organiation like al-Qaeda. We are happy that he has read the Muslim community’s mood and resolve correctly,” said Zafarul Islam Khan, president of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawrat.

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    ziyan
    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:23 am
    Mili azadi jisko wo shaks Musalman hi tha ; Diya hind ko Taj Mahal jisne wo shaks Musalman hi tha ; Aaj kehte hain ye log k Dehshat Gard hai Musalman ; Shru ki Jisne Jang-E-Aazadi wo Tipu Sultan Musalman hi tha ; Kiya tameer jisne Laal Qila so shaks Musalman hi tha ; Safe jahan she accha Hindustan Hamara likha jisne Tarana-E-Hind wo shaks Musalman hi tha."Love of your COUNTRY is a part of your faith.We the Muslims will die for our country
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      ziyan
      Mar 20, 2015 at 8:29 am
      Safe jahan she accha����� Sare jaha se accha √
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      ajit
      Sep 21, 2014 at 7:36 am
      Dear Narendra Modi, What statement you gave is 20 percent true. proof is here1. SIMI, IM, OWAISI are india origin. Will they die for india?2. If that's possibe you it will be a possibility to find out 1 out of 100 muslim indian army .3.why owasi who is anti indian and pro stani has so many follower4. why not they live like other minority like sikhs , jain , christian in a peaceful way5.Who put down martyrs smarak in azad maidan. will they die for indiaHonourable NaMIf u told sikhs100%true(in context of minority) the same thing it will be a honour for them1. They are largest regiment in indian army .they will die for india2.they are peaceful and progressive3.They are the real son of india
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        Alice-Sofia Savitsky
        Sep 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
        Dear Sir,With all due respect, the Christians is not "the powerful"sect. It seems that Christians against are mixed up with Catholics - the papal subjects. Catholicism is not Christianity: its foundation that justified crusades, inquisition, and sustains current and known from history scandals is Aristotelian and other heathen doctrines adopted for the Westerns by Thomas Aquinas. Crusaders brought in Europe works of Averroes - the Commentator as they call him - devoted to Aristotle and Greek heathen philosophy. Adoption of heathenism was the first punishment that the West received for bloodshed and rejection of Christian teachings of love and peace.Respectfully, Alice-Sofia
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        Alisteria
        Sep 20, 2014 at 9:13 am
        Indian muslims have the greatest amount of freedom to practise their religion in India, more so than most Muslim and Western countries. For Muslims, India is truly a Dar-ul-Amaan. A lot of tolerance is showed to them by their Hindu brethren. In fact, with all the wars and strife in Iraq and Syria, there is no sectarian violence that has spilled over. Indian Muslims are Indian first and will always be ready to protect their motherland.
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          Alisteria
          Sep 20, 2014 at 9:14 am
          Modi is our PM not president!
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            Anurag Srivastava
            Sep 19, 2014 at 11:16 am
            There is no doubt that barring a few all other Muslims of the country are great. There is no case of love jihad. In the families of Sharrukh Khan and Salman Khan.. The female members are allowed to follow their own religion.
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              Arindam Chakrabarty
              Sep 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm
              Why do hide Modis record of 12 years of peace in Gujarat which has allowed the Gujarati Muslims to progress on all fronts,please visit Gujarat and see for yourself.Another point is BJP in all their ruled state has record of riot free administration vs the Congi/non BJP ruled state,that should help to convince you about Modi and BJP's secular credentials.
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