Indian Muslims will not dance to tunes of Al Qaeda, will live and die for India: Modi
NEW DELHI: Indian Muslims will not dance to the tunes
of terror outfit Al Qaeda, they will live and die for India, says Prime
Minister Narendra Modi. “My understanding is that they are doing injustice
towards 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 told CNN in a rare
He was asked about the head of Al Qaeda issuing a
video and an appeal trying to create an Al Qaeda in India- South Asia saying he
wants to free Muslims from the “oppression” they face in Kashmir and Gujarat.
He was also put a question about the remarkable
phenomenon that out of the 170 million Muslims in India, there seemed to be no
or very few members of Al Qaeda even though it is in Afghanistan and Pakistan. “What
is it that has made this community not as susceptible?”
Modi answered that first he was 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 or 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.
Ahead of his visit to the US next week, Modi said it
was possible for the US and India to develop a genuinely strategic alliance.
“I have a one word answer, and with great confidence I
say - yes. Let me explain - there are many similarities between the 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,” he said.
Asked if he feels there is a genuine desire from
Washington to try and upgrade the relationship with India substantially, the
Prime Minister said relations between India and America 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.