May 16th, 2014
10:27 PM ET

India at a crossroads: How could Modi govern?

Last year, GPS broadcast ‘India at a Crossroads,’ an in-depth look at the challenges the country faces. Watch the video for the full segment on why India’s next prime minister, Narendra Modi, is widely seen as having transformed the state of Gujarat as governor.

When we think of China, we imagine an authoritarian land where things work, a place where freedom is sacrificed, but in return you get strong economic growth. When we think of India, we think of a messy democracy, of organized chaos – a place where growth is sacrificed for freedom. Now, imagine a place in India where both are true, where there is democracy, but also strong economic growth…

Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd.: If you look at the growth in Gujarat, it has been better than China if you think about Gujarat as a country.

Mukesh Ambani is not only the richest man from the state of Gujarat, he's also the richest man in India.

What Gujarat has demonstrated is that over decades you can attract investment and with sensible governance, you can really improve.

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  1. Jeff Roem

    I love Indian men, especially if they're HAWT doctors. I even cook their favorite curry dishes. I'm not going to kill my pet goat though.

    May 17, 2014 at 12:32 am | Reply
    • TETYERTY3456E45

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      May 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      JEFF ROEM DOES NOT EXIST
      JEFF ROEM DOES NOT EXIST
      JEFF ROEM DOES NOT EXIST

      May 18, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  2. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    May 17, 2014 at 3:54 am | Reply
  3. rupert

    Oh hi banasy. U have such a pretty green icon. Cnn has u marked u little name stealing troll u.
    Hi john smith. Blah blah blah. Same old same old.
    Bye guys

    May 17, 2014 at 7:34 am | Reply
    • rupert

      I like my brown icon because it means I'm going to make up shit about people.

      May 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  4. TETYERTY3456E45

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    May 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  5. chri§§y

    Or...its brown cuz youre full of *it* and cnn knows it! Lol

    May 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      The §s must surly represent a class act (ohh, ba da bing, ba da boom). And I certainly don't expect anything even remotely comparable from the introlligent community at large.

      May 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      @RZ. §o true.

      May 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Reply
      • ✠RZ✠

        No one denied you're a class act rupert, too bad it's all low.

        May 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm |
      • rupert

        Sure RZ. Whatever u say.
        You the man

        May 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm |
  6. Paranoid

    Step 1: Become a human and apologize for your murderous past.

    May 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  7. rupert

    You two are just jealous becuz cnn gave me the prettiest icon .
    Deal with it

    May 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  8. VM

    He'd better come up with something innovative to jump start the economy. There aren't enough jobs left in the US for them to steal to do it with.

    May 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • jay

      Hey aren't you late for a mass shooting or a child raape?

      May 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  9. Scientists first believed

    Scientists first believed they had successfully cloned a Palin voter. But upon further investigation, it was just an amoeba.

    May 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  10. chri§§y

    Lmao @ RZ thanks! Nice to §pice things up once in awhile ya know! As for the other...expectation leads to disappointment!

    May 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Left alone, they will eventually devour each other.

      May 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  11. chri§§y

    Lol well now see, thats where the problem lies. They are really only ONE! One with a very whacked out mind! Maybe too many drugs when he was younger idk!?!

    May 17, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  12. George patton

    Narendra Modi needs to sue the Maoist Rebels for peace and eventually incorporate them into his government.

    May 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Thank you, George. I completely agree.

      May 18, 2014 at 11:34 am | Reply
      • rupert

        Thank u joseph. Excellent post sir.

        May 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm |
  13. USAPeasant

    This is a good article and video indeed. Modi is an able administrator and shrewd businessman this is very true. He also has very good leadership skills and is a man that can make things happen.

    However, Modi cannot hide from the fact he is either turning a blind eye or secretly condoning great persecutions in India of Christians and Muslims. Many of Modi's past speeches that can only be seen as radical has many religious minorities quite worried in India.

    If Modi will cast aside the stone of his heart and defend the innocents that are being direly persecuted, then Modi shall do well indeed I believe. For defending the innocent of one's country IS sensible governance. If he does this not, there shall be hardship and disgrace the likes of which have not been seen in living memory.

    Modi deserves a chance indeed and may he use his chance wisely for the good of his people. I hope that Modi will open his heart and that India will prosper.

    May 18, 2014 at 3:38 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Let's hope that he will be a prime minister of all Indians and lift even more millions out of poverty. The wealth gap is even worse than in the US.

      May 19, 2014 at 5:58 am | Reply
  14. Tom*

    Mr Zakaria fails to mention his impartial heritage in his morning rant about the US embracing India's leader. His birthplace has a DIRECT impact on his views toward the US-India relations.

    May 18, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  15. Frank

    Fareed, you claim that India would be much better off should it find ways to partner or strengthen their ties with America. I tend to disagree as worldwide the perception is that the USA does not engage in win vs win relationships. For a relationship in the USA to be considered good, the USA has to be a net gainer, not an equal partner. It would be in India's best interest to do what it has to do despite what the USA thinks or does. The USA does not work with partners, it works either around others or through others. John Kerry warned France that it high level businessmen trade mission in Iran was unwelcome and unwarranted, and just a few weeks later both Boeing and GE publicly announced that they has come to a business agreement with Iran. It is not Kerry or the Obama administration which may be blamed, it is just the American way what ever political party is in charge. Narendra Modi would be crazy to trust the Americans, mostly that with all the turmoil worldwide the USA changes its priorities on a daily basis.

    May 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  16. chri§§y

    True @ Frank! Just as much as it is crazy for Americans to trust our own warmongers in DC!

    May 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  17. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    I would not trust a government unwilling to go to war.
    This administration has been wonderful.
    HILLARY 2016!

    May 18, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  18. Peter mabas

    What a world of absolute confusion and wanton destruction of lives, come LORD JESUS and end the meaningless mess we are in. If u dont believe in JESUS I do.

    May 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      So do I Peter, so do I. Unfortunately, a lot of Christian right-wingers also claim to believe in him but choose to ignore his commandment of love for one's fellow man, such as preaching war and hatred toward other nations and religions, especially Islam.

      May 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        Good grief joey. Are u a fan of sarah palin.
        U gotta go.
        It's as simple as that!

        May 18, 2014 at 10:16 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

        Good grief rupert, have you no religion? While you post above is funny, you should show more respect for religion. The problem today is that most politicians in Washington lack sorely that and therefore their moral compasses are severely compromised.

        May 19, 2014 at 9:30 am |
  19. Joseph McCarthy

    Yes rupert. That clown has got to go
    What lingo!
    He belongs to the tea party

    May 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  20. rupert

    Face palm to u,dazzle. U immature never grew up, adolescent 40 something year old adult

    May 18, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • ☣ DERPASSTROLL ALERT ☣

      Talk to the ✋ troll boy!

      May 19, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Oh such a pretty hand.

      May 19, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • Royal Flush

      10♥
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      Yes, that is a pretty hand, but mine is better.

      May 19, 2014 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • dazzle

      Rupert, fool, I haven't commented on this blog so shut your pie hole.

      May 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  21. rupert

    @victoria. And that goes for u too

    May 18, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  22. chrissy

    I think our country should be more socialist. I don't believe in individuality. Everyone should be equal and retire at age 75, with a government pension.

    May 19, 2014 at 8:08 am | Reply
  23. EVIL

    EVIL RAP ISTS IN INDIA DONT GO INDIA THEY ARE MALE SHOVINIST PEOPLE

    May 19, 2014 at 8:42 am | Reply
  24. chri§§y

    75 huh? Ya derpasstroll youre an idiot. Use someone elses name ok cuz ya just cant never get it right when you use mine!

    May 19, 2014 at 9:17 am | Reply
  25. Sky

    Fact:
    Rice and bread are the most eaten foods in India.

    May 19, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  26. chri§§y

    Emphasis on BOY!

    May 19, 2014 at 10:16 am | Reply
  27. Abdallah Bin Faruqi

    Mr Modi's colossal victory in the largest secular democracy on earth by the largest number of votes in human history can not be ignored any longer by his critics and detractors. This would also include us here in the United States.

    President Obama needs to urgently repair the Bush era debacle of denying visas to Mr Modi as soon as possible. This is because Mr Modi was cleared by the courts in India for any wrong doing and was not held responsible for actions taken by others in a communal riot situation resulting in both Hindu and Muslim deaths, any more than President Obama is personally responsible for the Benghazi incident.

    We have no right convicting a man in court of public opinion when he was clearly found not guilty of any crime by the legal courts. It is that simple. President Obama and CNN need to embrace Mr. Modi, a duly elected leader of the largest secular republic on earth to set a good example for others to follow by quashing racial discrimination, bigotry and Hinduphobia.
    India Zindabad.

    May 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  28. chri§§y

    Spot on @ Abdallah! And you will find that many American citizens agree with that!

    May 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  29. Romao Neto

    I never will understand all those new economic very powerful Countries ( democracies )!...Where the governor are simple dictators .Shame

    May 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  30. rupert

    Gooooooo modi.
    Fight win. U can do it.
    I say modi will win and capture 75% of the vote.

    May 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Reply
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