September 19th, 2014
02:37 AM ET

India's bold new leader

By Fareed Zakaria

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also handled the international stage deftly. He wooed Japan and softly criticized China, then backed away and embraced Beijing — getting large investments from both countries. He is straightforwardly pro-American and seems to harbor little ill will toward Washington for having refused to give him a visa for almost a decade. And yet, he has not abandoned Russia, India’s ally, choosing to be silent on its actions in Ukraine.

Where Modi has underperformed, surprisingly, has been in his core competence — economics. He has been slow to announce major reforms. His first budget was disappointing, and many of his Cabinet appointments have been lackluster. Those expecting major changes in subsidies, trade policy or labor market restrictions have been disappointed.

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  1. chri§§y

    And to HIM....we've had enough of your pyschotic BS now as you would say SCRAM!

    September 20, 2014 at 11:36 am |
  2. Chuck Piggozza

    It is very disingenuous of Fareed to segway Modi into this discussion needlessly. Modi is a pariah whose legitimacy as India's leader would be questionable. He is a murderer with genocidal tendencies. A hitler of sorts.
    A t hug of the lowest cadre. An usurper of women's rights and dignity. A stalker. A pedophile. He is a disgrace to South Asia.

    September 20, 2014 at 11:43 am |
    • Charlie Muse

      True but really not if you are a pedophile like Modi is. Plus India and Modi have subjugated and massacred and keep on massacring minorities including sikhs and moslems and Christians and Jews. The memories of your leader Gandhi siding with Hitler and holocaust of Jews is still fresh in our minds. Lastly, the filth you have spewed below is unforgivable. No one would take you seriously nor accept the sincerity of whatever you say. I am sure you will agree.

      September 20, 2014 at 11:44 am |
      • Cahill

        Modi has been stalking and videotaping an innocent girl. he is a sicko.

        September 20, 2014 at 11:48 am |
    • Muzzi Explodistani

      Paki troll alert!

      September 22, 2014 at 2:37 am |
    • Rakesh Singh

      Haters are going to hate and potatoes are going to potate. I am now used to people full of racism and hatred. Go learn. Before you say any number tomorrow (yes the numbers you use today) or use math or science go thanks Indian.When Alexander was defected in India, Magasthnese daughter was married to Chandragupta Maurya. That time Europe learnt some science from India and later in 16th century when they had second time contact. You guys only amuse me now.

      September 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm |
  3. Charlie Muse

    We cannot and will not accept Modi as a leader till the cloud of genocide hovering over his head is lifted.

    Modi will always be a persona non grata till he faces trial in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

    September 20, 2014 at 11:44 am |
    • raifromindia

      I see. Like Bush or Obama did? What the heck you think you are saying? You make absolute no sense!

      September 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm |
  4. Cahill


    Child Marriage – Girls are to be married when 5 years old !

    Dowry – Vedas (Hindu holy script) prescribes this practice

    Bride-Burning – if the dowry is insufficient burn her alive.

    No Property, burn her alive.

    Mass Wife-Burning (Jauhar) – Often 100s are burnt at a time.

    Widow-Burning (Sati) – Sanctioned by the Vedas, Puranas, practiced by Hindu Lord Krishna's wives, it still continues in India to this day.

    September 20, 2014 at 11:46 am |
  5. Chumblee

    Mother's milk is to muslims what r@pes and terrorism is to hinddoous in Mother India. Two mothers one good the other very bad

    September 20, 2014 at 11:55 am |
    • Terry

      Hindus wrote the SOPs on terrorism.

      September 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm |
  6. chri§§y

    @ Chuck and Chalie...wasnt Modi voted in by the people of India? So who are WE to say he isnt their president? The US has so many issues of our that seriously need addressing and THAT should be what concerns us!

    September 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm |
    • Chumblee

      80% of people in India are illiterate. That is why you have Modi a murderer and a woman abuser as its prime Minister. Democracy does not work in such societies.

      September 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm |
      • raifromindia

        Right. Democracy works only in the enlightened nations in Middle east and best in Saudi Arabia. How enlightening of you!

        September 26, 2014 at 11:43 pm |
  7. chri§§y

    There are plenty of women abusers in this society also @ Chumblee!

    September 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm |
    • Chumblee

      They are not Prime Ministers.

      September 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm |
      • Chilghoza

        Modi maybe Fareed Zakaria's hero but he is a low life person who is responsible for the genocides of minorities in Gujarat.

        September 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm |
  8. Chilghoza

    Modi is a two bit hustler who thrives in murdering minorities.

    September 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm |
    • raifromindia

      Minority killing is a middle east concept where one God principle works. Thanks for exporting the virus of hate to subcontinent, which created a product that you are today. Pity!

      September 26, 2014 at 11:46 pm |
  9. Ambrose Bacaria

    Just like Stalin and Hitler, Modi is a psychopath who revels in murdering people. He is persona non grata in my view.
    Hope he does not meet the same fate as Indira Gandhi.

    September 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm |
    • raifromindia

      Your brainwash is really amazing. Now I know how people can get trapped into jihadi stuff. Get real. Get humble.

      September 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm |
  10. Terry

    Does anyone know when India is scheduling the plebiscite in Indian Occupied Kashmir?
    Fareed can you please pose this question to Modi when you speak to him for CNN? Thanks.

    September 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm |
    • raifromindia

      And you know Kashmir is an integral part of India right? Else you are smoking too much!

      September 26, 2014 at 11:48 pm |
  11. chri§§y

    @ Chumblee, only because this country does not have prime ministers!

    September 20, 2014 at 4:02 pm |
  12. another Gujarati, oh noooooooo....

    The last time a Gujarati became India's Prime Minister, it was Morarji Desai, back in the 1970's. The guy actually drank his own urine and was proud of the fact, even telling Time Magazine that he called it "urine therapy", and that everybody should try it! No wonder they got rid of him in about 6 months! Who knows what this Gujarati Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will show us. Maybe eating his own faeces? And then he will tell Time Magazine that it is called p00p therapy? Give us a break please! Do not let this RSS murderer, Modi, ever enter the US. Ban his US Visa for life!

    September 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm |
  13. Terry

    Vodka is to Russia what cow urine is to India. Both national beverages.

    September 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm |

      Teri maa ko chod diya hai modi ne kya ? Jo tum pusslims ki gaand jali hui hai, jyada gadhe ka meat mat khaya kar pakistani nahi to tu bhi gadha ban jayega

      September 21, 2014 at 6:09 am |
    • Barry Mendelbaum

      Hindoos eat pancakes out of cow dung?

      September 21, 2014 at 10:29 am |
  14. Terry

    Modi is to India what Milosevic is to Bosnia. MURDERERS !!!! GENOCIDAL!!!

    September 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      So was Pres. George H. W. Bush was to Iraq in 1991, Terry. Do you remember the brutal bombing on Feb. 13, 1991 of the Amriya air raid shelter by two American pilots, slaughtering well over 414 innocent civilians? I do!

      September 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm |
  15. chri§§y

    @ Faux Joey...And yet so many still hero worship him. WHY???

    September 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm |
    • Barry Mendelbaum

      Bcoz he is bacha baaz (likes young boys). It is the hindoo culture.

      September 21, 2014 at 10:32 am |
      • banasy©

        George H. W. Bush is Hindu? Really.

        September 22, 2014 at 10:54 am |
  16. Pramod

    India is the best example of having a non-interventionist foreign policy !

    September 21, 2014 at 6:02 am |
    • Barry Mendelbaum

      The only policy India/hindoos have is gang r@pe/metal rod. Namastay.

      September 21, 2014 at 10:31 am |
      • Cogburn

        Incest is allowed in Hinduism.

        September 21, 2014 at 10:41 am |
  17. Cogburn

    Modi is a pariah. A beggar.

    September 21, 2014 at 10:36 am |
  18. Cogburn

    Why is India looking for handouts from everyone? Can't they stand on their own feet?

    September 21, 2014 at 10:40 am |
    • Ken Smith

      India ia a poor nation with 85% of population living on a meal a day or starving. It can't produce enough to feed its people.

      September 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm |
  19. Ken Smith

    Modi does not strike me as an educated person. Zakaria's interview of him was very disappointing. It was more about paranoia of Pakistan and moslems than anything else. The guy can't even communicate in English!!! Of course, Fareed Zakaria is a RAW operative playing double with CIA.

    September 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm |
  20. Ed Pitman

    Fareed's question to India's PM about growth compared to China's was a loaded question. China has enjoyed duty free trade while the companies in India have always paid very high Tariffs. It is time to start imposing tariffs on China made products!!! Level the playing field!!

    September 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm |
  21. dongszkie

    as it is politicians come and go but the scene of the world remains the same– the unsolved problems bequeted from the former eras,and forever reminders of those broken and unfulfilled promises.

    September 22, 2014 at 3:38 am |
  22. raifromindia

    I was amazed at the hatred shown in some of the comments. Its as if all the Paki trolls have come united all at once. You better know what it means to lead the largest democracy in world? Any ideas of the statistics? Have some respect for humanity and get real. Modi is a real saint who had dedicated his life to nation. I hope the losers can see light across the tunnel.
    Jai Hind.

    September 26, 2014 at 11:52 pm |
  23. Nuzha Shamim

    I watched Indian Prime minister Mr. Modi, who is a well pronounced criminal landing America with his dirty feet, which are full of thousand of Indian’s blood. He had a devil smile on his face. He is the one who brought terrorists from different states to his state to slaughter people. Many of them were parents and grandparents who struggled to liberate India from British regime. He is the one who ordered his people to torture and kill all the males and forced women to take off their clothes and parade on the street. They tried to hide their bodies, in return they were whipped. Modi is a massacre killer. Thank god I have no connection with India anymore. I am proud of my Country where Mahatma Gandhi was born, where Indira Gandhi and his father, Lal Bahadur Shastrim, and Morarji Desai and Man Mohan Singh were prime minister. I am proud of my father who spent seven years of his life in jail as a freedom fighter. Educated Hindus in India are very peaceful and responsible people but he is not. He resembles one of the ISIS members.
    After all look at his cabinet. Education Minister he selected does not even have a college degree. India has highly educated, intellectual people. He could not find an education Minister like Abul Kalam Azaad and Karim Chagla, because his standards are low.
    I wish one of you could interview him and ask him about the massacre in his state during his regime.

    September 30, 2014 at 10:54 am |
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