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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                    Sid Harth
                    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:46 am
                    A man known for 'after Godhra Muslim macre' Sohrabuddin and his wife, Kauserbi's' secret ination and wiping out all evidence, being silent on BJP party member, Adityanath and Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj have openly accused the minority-aka-Muslims in the recent UP bypolls. Modi remained silent.Modi has a long history of hate speeches, mostly against so called minorities, be they Muslims or Christians. RSS, Modi's mentors have brainwashed modi in believing that Muslims are no good, free-loaders and having more love for stan than India.Modi is a dishonest politician. Now, at this critical issue, Modi claims that Muslims are as patriotic as his saffron followers?Something is seriously wrong....and I am Sid Harth
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                      Sid Harth
                      Sep 19, 2014 at 12:23 pm
                      I am for Modi. One hundred percent. Muslims of India, are peace loving bunch. They are accused, though, of hating India (sic). No proof. No legal evidence. No acceptable scholarly study. No history of violence.If there is a violence, it is on accounting of Muslim-baiting by known Sanghi outfits, like VHP, Bajarang Dal, ABVP, New Abhinav Bharat-Pune, Maharashtra, Ram Sene, like cartoons and Modi's persoal PR-aka-propaa, led by a Jewish PR agency, 'APCO.If you, Sid Harth-haters have something better than make vulgar remarks, I am very glad and patient to read-listen them. Dr Subramanian is a typical candidate whose 'free speech' ought not be quoted in your support. He is an insanely anti-minority-aka-Muslim community of India.let the games begin....and I am Sid Harth
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                        Sid Harth
                        Sep 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm
                        You are not the first or the best Sid Harth-watcher. Modi, Bhagwat, Amit Sha, Gadkari, Ram Madhav, et al are all keeping tabs of my posts. Even facebook's little tsar watches me for violating (sic) facebook 'code of conduct.' Only yesterday my blog was hacked. Not for the first time either. The Times of India banned me more than once. Google five times. Google email, two dozen times. That is how stupid Indians show their 'dipsy-doo-doo-dum--dI-DEE' atude to my free speech.I am alive and see no reason to go underground or change my name and several aliases.You keep in good health. Insanity is irreversible....and I am Sid Harth
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                          Barry Mishra
                          Sep 19, 2014 at 10:50 am
                          Proud of Modi
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                            Barry Mishra
                            Sep 19, 2014 at 10:50 am
                            This is what u expect from a statesman. Modi has become a statesman, great for india.
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                              True Indian
                              Sep 19, 2014 at 4:59 pm
                              The only way to make India developed is to reduce potion that is the reason ppl fight with each other for jobs and resources USA THEY BLAME INDIAN AND CHINESE for taking all jobs.So reduce potion to all Indians irrespective of where u come from.
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                                The Mirror
                                Sep 20, 2014 at 12:33 am
                                Chal Jhootey, Feku kahinke.....
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                                  Cleanmaster
                                  Sep 19, 2014 at 10:45 am
                                  Modi, is PM for all Indian, for a PM there is no Islam and Christians but for his position as PM he must treat every Indian equally and defend them. But, now it is duty of every Indian Muslim, to protect India against terrorism either home-made or neighbor Muslims countries exported terrorists into India. It is your country same as rest of Indians, don't get awash with religion since Muslim ISIS and Al Qaeda are killings Muslims right from new born babies to older people and bombing Mosques, if this happen in Indian, Indian Muslims will do thousand dramas. None of Indian Muslims or Maulvis said any thing against these Muslims. Only they are creating negative images of Isalms. All terrorists are Muslims, but Muslims have to prove that all Muslims are not terrorists. It is up to you.
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                                    Cleanmaster
                                    Sep 19, 2014 at 10:57 am
                                    Nothing to do with recent poll. It is fundamental duty of High position Politicians to protect every Indian. It is only possible with BJP persons, Congress and Nehru's only divide Indian by creating different civil laws for Muslims and rest of Indian, the first step by Congress and Nehru's divide and rule, so they did 55 years and created more difference all over India than it was before. I think every Indian Muslims must condemn the Civil code of them and ask to treat them like rest of Indian. I think it is fundamental duty of all Indian Muslims if they love India they must ask to SC to close Muslims civil law and emerge with Indian civil law. Don't listen to Maulvis they are the first and biggest enemy of Islam. Every communal riots in Indian first started by Muslims, even Gujrat riots was started by them burning train of Hindus pilgrims and what they expect in return. Hindus will tolerate. It is duty of Indian Muslim Politicians to teach their fellow religion persons, Allah will not give them richness, only study, hard work will bring for them or any other Indian progress. You cannot waste your time on religious issues. Live and let other live that is Hindus philosophy .
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                                      c2h
                                      Sep 21, 2014 at 9:52 am
                                      You yourself do not have any idea what you want to say.
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                                        Dhananjay
                                        Sep 19, 2014 at 9:51 am
                                        Oh Really ! Or you meant to say - Indian Muslims shouldn't dance to the tunes of Al-Qaeda, they should live and die for the country ??? Otherwise it doesn't make any sense why he needs to issue this certificate for Muslim community in India. And yes Modi fanatics will certainly go ga-ga over this and expect Muslims to thanks Great Mr Modi to have such a high opinions about them ! and that too in public !!
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                                          Raj Rao
                                          Sep 20, 2014 at 4:14 am
                                          Do you think other options we had during elections Rahul hi and Kejriwal were better than Modi. I will go any day with Modi, if those 3 were the options.
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                                            Debashish
                                            Sep 19, 2014 at 10:15 am
                                            Yeah Yeah very well timed right after the debacle in the by polls. would have still bought it if the statement would have come right after the nonsense spread by bjp president and former UP minister.
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