September 19th, 2014
12:36 AM ET

Modi: Extremists 'a crisis against humanity'

Fareed speaks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about al Qaeda’s plan to launch a new branch on the Indian subcontinent. Watch the full interview on "Fareed Zakaria GPS," this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

Ayman al-Zawahiri the head of al Qaeda has issued a video and an appeal trying to create an al Qaeda in India. In South Asia, he says, but the message was really directed towards India. And he says he wants to free Muslims from the oppression they face in Gujarat, in Kashmir. Do you think, do you worry that something like this could succeed?

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.

Why do you think it is that there is this remarkable phenomenon that you have a 170 million Muslims, and there seem to be almost no or very few members of Al-Qaeda, even though al Qaeda is in Afghanistan, and of course the many in Pakistan. What is it that has made this community not as susceptible?

Firstly, 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.

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  1. Balraj

    Isn't it Hypocritical that Mr.Modi speaks well about Muslims in India and at the same time his own party leaders spew hate speeches against the same community?

    September 19, 2014 at 1:35 am |
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Indeed Balraj, Modi is a nationalist and he's got a checkered past with Muslims. For example, he was the chief Minister of the region where the Gujarat riots took place. He has been accused of initiating and condoning the violence against Muslims. Yet here he is trying to make himself look just... If he is sincere, he must do more for rights of Muslims in India and must speak out against those in his party who spew hatred.

      September 19, 2014 at 1:48 am |
      • RW911

        Do you know the history of religious violence in India? Let me give you some insight – there used to be a riot every few years in the Indian state of Gujarat (of which Modi was the Chief Minister and he was barely 2 months into his job). After those riots in 2002 there have been no such incidents and the state has progressed at a speed much greater than national average. Not to mention, Muslims have benefited tremendously too.

        This country, like any other with multiple religions in it, has a history of religious violence and the governance of Modi, when observed over 12 years presents a very different picture from that of a bloodthirsty killer you and many other Muslims would like to presume.

        September 19, 2014 at 3:31 am |
      • Pramod

        well "speaking against somebody" is one thing, and harming "someone" is another....People say a lot of bad things about each other, that does not mean they really harm someone....

        The thing with Hindus is that, they do not believe in solving problems through Violence, unlike other cultures and religions.

        September 19, 2014 at 6:21 am |
      • Philip

        Exactly. American religious segregation and persecution of fellow Christians is unmatched in the annals of world history.
        There are to this very day churches of Christians in the same southern towns. One church for whites, and on the other side of the tracks a church for blacks. Right now this religious segregation by color is tolerated in the good old USA.
        America a Christian nation? Are you kidding? Bunch of blind flag waving drug addicts worshipping some mythical god..."God&Country".

        September 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm |
      • hindikhet

        He has made his stand very clear, He will not do anything for Muslim, nor He will do anything or Hindu or any other race.

        Whatever He will do is for 1.2 Billion Indians.

        But some people who need special treatment and think they are only Faithful and other are Kafir and hence should be killed will not accept the equal treatment and will always try to deface and demean others.

        They will mob and kill innocent in Train, But when somebody retaliate they will become innocent!

        September 19, 2014 at 10:24 pm |
      • j. von hettlingen

        Modi, as a leader has to be inclusive and treat ALL Indians equally. Whether his party members follow this principle is a different matter. Many Indians are still traditionalists and stick to their caste system.

        September 22, 2014 at 9:51 am |
    • Pramod

      I do not understand this...what exactly have they done against the muslims in India?

      tell me once instance where Modi said something "non-secular" since he has come to power?

      He has always talked about Humanity, he never talked about religion...I think Modi has been one of the most Mis-Understood leaders in India, and here you are sitting there and critisizing him !

      September 19, 2014 at 6:24 am |
      • skanda987

        The Hindustanis have no rationale to praise or promote Bharat's secularism. This is because secularism is European medicine against Christianity. In Hindustan, the Vedic dharma and culture are inherently tolerant of all the tolerant faiths. Therefore, we do not need "secularism" in Bharat. We need to make Bharat a Vedic State where all the intolerant and exclusive religions (mostly foreign) will be illegal. This is possible to do by majority grass root and other civil actions. Additionally, all the Hindus need to stop any mal-practice of dharma as is provided in Bhagavad Gita.

        September 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm |
    • kalyan

      Atleast I am not aware of BJP spewing hatred. On the other hand, it appear this commenter appears to hate Modi

      September 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm |
  2. was Modi ever a member of RSS?

    Can some Indians please enlighten us Americans. Was the current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever a member of RSS in his past? If so, is that not a very extremist organization, not unlike the KKK of USA's past? just wondering...

    September 19, 2014 at 1:56 am |
    • mshukla01

      yes, modi was a part of RSS, which is a known fact. As to how extremist RSS is? I would say pretty extremist in very inconsequential sort of way (i don't know how else to put it, may be we Indians have a higher threshold for extremism). It does not have much popular support among hindus (who they think they represent) when it comes to random acts of violence. They have a lot of sympathizers though when it comes to speeches suggesting Hindus have been made victims and are being made victims by political masters/muslim invaders.

      I am not sure how violent KKK was and what popular support it had. When it comes to RSS though, their political supporter seem to lose some election or the other when they get all extremist. However, they seem pretty thick – don't get the message I think, given that some member/ offshoot organizations of it will do something stupid again. Don't ask me why?

      September 19, 2014 at 2:14 am |
      • Abhishek

        He is(not was) part of the RSS.

        September 19, 2014 at 2:57 am |
      • BKS

        India is not fully converted is due to RSS. I hope it says all!!
        As far some timidly apologetic pseudo-secularists here, I would say wake up, sooner than later.
        Om Shaanti!!

        September 19, 2014 at 4:31 am |
    • Arindam

      Yes ,Modi was a member of RSS which has been maligned by its political opponents by demonising it as extremist and fundamentalist,whereas it is a nationalist organisation with Hindu interests as much as any Christian democratic parties in Europe support Christian interests or Queen of England is patron of Church of England and supports Christian interests,Bible or Christ/God is quoted in USA by American politician and extolling Christianity is a common practice in American but nobody calls the American politicians as extremist.
      Hindu ethos emphasises harmlessness as a virtue and there can be no extremists under its umbrella and RSS is a bogey created by proponents of faiths who have achieved new lows in indulgence of barbaric be headings and genocide of gigantic scale.

      September 19, 2014 at 2:51 am |
    • RW911

      The KKK type Hindu organistaions that indulging in violent rehtoric etc. are VHP and Bajrang Dals(at worst there may be sporadic incidents of violcence, not that I'm condoning them but pro-Hindu violence in India pales in comparison to Islamist atrocities which oftentimes forces Hindutva forces to up the ante).

      But not the RSS. RSS does not do violence. Nor is it affiliated to terrorists. You've been grossly misinformed. Then again, you may attribute whatever you want to it, I cannot stop you.

      September 19, 2014 at 3:37 am |
    • BKS

      RSS is neither an extremest organization nor a banned one (if it's involved in any anti-national acts it must've been banned by now),
      RSS is a nationalistic organization which embodies on principle of INDIA first. Critics may say it being Pro-Hindu and Anti-other religions but fact is There are people from all religions members of RSS, including Muslims.
      Comparing RSS with KKK is the most stupid thing,but ordinarily Americans and ignorance are synonymous!!

      There are groups with vested interests, especially Leftists/Marxists and their ideologues, who malign the image of RSS.
      bytheway I am noway related to RSS.

      September 19, 2014 at 4:24 am |
      • Nathuram Godse

        Nathuram Godse, the guy that murdered Mahatma Gandhi, was RSS. I wrest my case.

        September 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm |
      • AK

        @NathuramGodse: Timothy Mcvieh was a Christian. That does not make all Christians as extremists. Similarly just because Godse was part of RSS does not make RSS extremists. You do not know RSS. It has been maligned by The liberal media. So unfortunate. The same thing about Godse. He was a brilliant man but had a diffrernt ideology. He was a true patriot.

        September 19, 2014 at 11:05 pm |
    • yes he was

      Yes he was a full fledged karyakarta and pracharak; read worker and promoter of RSS

      September 19, 2014 at 7:19 am |
      • AK

        So what? RSS is a patriotic nationalist organization. It is awesome that Modi is a member of RSS.

        September 19, 2014 at 11:07 pm |
    • hindikhet

      If US is extremist because It fight against the aggression and threat from al-qaeda, If Britain is extremist because It stand by christian rights. The RSS is also extremist because it stand by country and Hindus for their rights against Islamic aggression to protect the Hindu rights and Nation's culture.

      But It always follow the peaceful and non-violence principle of Hinduism

      September 19, 2014 at 2:35 pm |
  3. Sana

    Since 1947 onwards,there has been more than 500 riots in India under Congress Party Rule.In USA there has be no minority VS Majority riots nor in any other country in the world.Reason is the British divide between Muslims VS Rest of India.Police were always few in number as the people were in massive size.Indian Police have never supported people based on religion.Our Police is neutral.An all Muslim gathering in Azad Maidan in Mumbai with few police personnel. Amar Jawan Jyoti or Soldier Memorial was desecrated,police personnel were injured.Indian minorities are pampered by politicians and they easily take law in their own hand.

    September 19, 2014 at 4:56 am |
  4. Sana

    In 2002 riots,people shouting Allah hu Akhbar burnt a train carrying Hindu Pilgrims.Hindu Villagers had got very angry and had attacked the Muslims.Riots happened in Gujarat even before Modi government.It was very unfortunate.I do not support any killing of any sort by anyone.

    September 19, 2014 at 5:01 am |
  5. Sana

    Will Al Queida come to India?Answer is NO.Reason is not that Muslims won't join.Reason is that Muslims have better job opportunities in India and India is not an Islamic nation.

    September 19, 2014 at 5:08 am |
  6. Abhishek

    Hindus can never be extremist, we have huge tolerance until someone tries to cut our throat!!

    September 19, 2014 at 5:17 am |
    • get over it

      Yeah, yeah, yeah........ liar.......... RSS has been an extremist organization since forever!!!!

      September 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm |
      • AK

        It is said that Muslim women feel very safe with RSS men. Muslim men don't dare to ask them to cover up or abuse them.

        September 19, 2014 at 11:12 pm |
  7. Pramod

    Modi is a brilliant guy, he epitomizes TRUE hindu philosophy of living for Human values, as opposed to the WEST who believe in WAR to solve problems !

    September 19, 2014 at 6:19 am |
  8. ssisodiya

    Please, do post an untranslated version. I would very much prefer hearing his real voice.

    September 19, 2014 at 7:54 am |
    • get over it

      Learn English. It might even be good for you!

      September 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm |
  9. Me

    I would like to see non translated interview, Millions in India understands Hindi.

    September 19, 2014 at 10:55 am |
    • get over it

      Get over it! Learn English, you freak. Don't you know? English is spoken in 166 out of 197 nations world wide?

      September 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm |
      • AK

        So? You better start learning Spanish soon. Soon your kind will disappear.

        September 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm |
  10. Iftekhar Sayyed

    Do you know why this Modi guy's US visa was rescinded? It because he was (and still is!) a card carrying member of RSS, which is on the US list of terror organizations, known for extremist speeches and violence (including murder) against anyone who is different than themselves? I am a muslim living in USA. I have muslim relatives living in India. We were not happy at all about the violent crimes perpetrated against muslims, in Gujarat, while Modi was Chief Minister. RSS has had prior horrible history of terrorist acts. Bal Thackeray of Maharashtra was very well known for murder against non-Maharastrians, even while he was Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Also, the German Bakery bombing, clearly a terrorist act, was perpetrated by RSS, in Pune, India, murdering several white people! Please do not let this man enter the US. He is a terrorist. Plain and simple. He hides well under his smiling face and calm composure.

    September 19, 2014 at 11:55 am |
    • Ranjit Advani

      Thank you for enlightening us as to who exactly this Modi is. Maybe the US should roll out the red carpet to him, and sell him as many F22's, Helicopter Gunships, Cruise Missiles and Drones, as he needs, to rid India of the cancer of Islam! just saying....

      September 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm |
    • hindikhet

      Your remind of news I recently heard that US Intelligence found that al-qaeda want to portrait modi as anti-muslim.

      you foot soldiear are really working overtime for that.

      Hope God keep US and world safe from your Dangerous Design

      September 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm |
    • Harsh

      Please get your facts right, RSS was never on the US list of terror organizations

      September 20, 2014 at 10:09 am |
  11. Iftekhar Sayyed

    Just look who Modi appointed as his "second in command", just a few weeks after becoming Prime Minister of India. One Mr. Shah, a very very well known THUG, that murdered many many people, to get them out of the way, so that Mr. Modi could walk into power. How sick is the whole mess? So, basically, an extremist and a thug now rule India. Nice!

    September 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm |
    • VJ Varghese

      Islam in a man is as dangerous as rabies in a dog – Winston Churchill

      September 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm |
      • christians were no better

        Yes, Islamists behave like rabid dogs. But let's look at Christians also. they are no better. Remember the Crusades, when Richard the Lion Heart went to Jerusalem, and murdered the muslims, and were wading "knee deep" in blood??? Maybe we should just BAN all organized religions???

        September 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm |
      • Philip

        Christians killed 30 million people during WWII alone. I rest my case.

        September 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm |
    • hindikhet

      Your remind of news I recently heard al-qaeda want to portrait modi as anti-muslim.

      you foot soldiear are really working overtime for that.

      Hope God keep US and world safe from your Dangerous Game

      September 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm |
      • please rid this world of muslims

        aare Hindutva, we need your help yaar! please help us to rid this world of muslims. we are sick of their "Allah O Akbar" crap. uneducated hoodlums! Modi will clean house yaar! God keep us safe from Islam. Islam has always been a dangerous game. time to shut the game down, again.

        September 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm |
    • Shah is a murderer

      no question about it. Shah, appointed by Modi, as his "chela" and right hand man, is a huge huge murderer. he is a thug that is well known to "help" politicians get to power, by "eliminating" anybody who stands in the way. what a bunch of sickos!

      September 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm |
      • Al

        Guess your either a muslim or a Nehru dynasty sychophant. Not possible to spew such gibberish otherwise.

        September 19, 2014 at 11:35 pm |
  12. Philip

    Sons of Silence, MS-13, and over 25 thousand other armed and organized hordes of American outlaws are your biggest threat. Not "Al Qaeda".

    September 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm |
  13. Morarji Desai

    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?

    September 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm |
  14. Nathuram Godse

    Nathuram Godse, the guy that murdered Mahatma Gandhi, was RSS. I wrest my case.

    September 19, 2014 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Al

    90% of anti Modi comments here are by muslims using psedo names or Nehru dynasty sychophants. Modi Rocks !!

    September 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm |
    • he will sink like a rock too

      Modi will sink like a rock, thrown into dirty water. The dirty water that most Indians are forced to drink! an RSS murderer and cheater, who hires thugs to get him to power, can never prosper.

      September 20, 2014 at 12:37 am |
  16. Ferhat Balkan

    More than a thousand people (mostly Muslims) were killed during the Gujarat riots. Local police officials were complicit in the carnage. Modi has rarely visited the camps where Muslims were displaced... Neither has he apologized. Instead, he has described the reprisals as a "reaction" to an "action". He has also said he felt as sad about them as would a passenger in a car that accidentally ran over a puppy. So, one naturally has to question his sincerity.

    September 20, 2014 at 12:11 am |
    • Afzal Khan

      Thank you Sir. You are correct. A passenger car that accidentally ran over a puppy! Nice. Maybe Modi will quietly run over 300 million "puppies" in India, that just happen to attend mosques.

      September 20, 2014 at 12:39 am |
  17. kewldoode

    Modi is exactly what India needs right now, a strong Hindu leader. The problem is Islamic is very vulnerable to take-over by extremists. Look at any part in the world. This was beginning to happen in India with the past utterly corrupt government run by an anti-Indian, anti-Hindu italian mafioso called Sonia Maino "Gandhi" who has quite a nasty past herself. They were letting all the extremists migrate from Bangladesh and other border countries to increase their muslim vote bank. It is for the greater good of the moderate/secular muslims in India that a strong Hindu leader like Modi rule with an iron fist, else India will surely turn into another Iran. What happened in Iran? All the ancient Zoroastrians were killed and converted by the Islamic fanatics. And this is not only about muslims, this is about development and re-emergence of India to the top where it was for a long time before the invading British and Muslims robbed it dry.

    September 20, 2014 at 1:34 am |
  18. 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 4:41 pm |
  19. RW

    Watched the Modi interview with interest but was not very impressed with his answers especially about plans for future growth and violence against women. His points lacked substance and seemed general/non-specific and even somewhat evasive. Will watch and see how he does.

    September 25, 2014 at 10:50 pm |
  20. Raju Charles

    ISIS in Middle East and Radical Hindus in India fighting for Supremacy! American Jewish Council Silence hurts!
    Truly but sadly,

    October 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm |

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