September 20th, 2014
07:28 PM ET

Modi: Today's era once again belongs to Asia

Fareed speaks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about comparisons between India and China. Watch the full interview on "Fareed Zakaria GPS," this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

After your election people have begun asking again a question that has been asked many times for the last two decades, which is, will India be the next China? Will India be able to grow at 8 to 9 percent a year consistently, and transform itself and thus transform the world?

See, India doesn’t need to become anything else. India must become only India. This is a country that once upon a time was called the golden bird. We’ve fallen from where we were before. But now we have the chance to rise again. If you see the details of the last five or ten centuries, you will see that India and China have grown at similar paces. Their contributions to global GDP have risen in parallel, and fallen in parallel. Today's era once again belongs to Asia. India and China are both growing rapidly, together.

But people would still I think wonder can India achieve the kind of 8 and 9 percent growth rates that China has done consistently for 30 years, and India has only done for a short period.

It’s my absolute belief that Indians have unlimited talent. I have no doubt about our capabilities. I have a lot of faith in the entrepreneurial nature of our 1.25 billion people. There is a lot of capability. And I have a clear road map to channel it.

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soundoff (436 Responses)
  1. Anvil and Hammer

    Too bad most Indian hinddos are r@pists and woman abusers.

    September 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm |
  2. rupert

    India is to r@pists what Nigeria is to Boko Haram.

    September 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm |
    • Pakistani Troll Buster

      If you say so, Akhmed from Islamabad!

      September 28, 2014 at 6:20 pm |
  3. rupert


    September 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm |
  4. On The Wings Of The American Eagle

    I want to convey my appreciation to the following contributors for their much intellectual comments and insights into the unknown lands for us. For that we shall always be indebted. Please keep us enlightened with your vision and passion for truth and clarity. A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL.

    Sam White
    Shiva’s Linga
    The Hindoo Beggar
    Jared Brown
    American Generosity
    Karl Pendergast
    Brad Dorset
    The Following Names (in black)
    Jake Colby
    Mike Jonegan
    Gus Moore
    Kaali Maa: The Mother of India
    Joy Bangla
    The Bengali Tiger
    John Marsh
    Ivan Harlan
    Dan Marsh
    Ram Babu -NEPAL
    Kurt Ray
    Hindu Javelina
    Timmy_Fort Polk
    Cameron grady
    Anvil and hammer
    Safi Murati


    September 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm |
    • truthseeker

      Did you selectively thank those who support your perspective?
      When you create lists like this, you once again, you create an us and them scenario. Why do you think the world is in the mess that its in? Its because of this type of shadow boundary and circle that identifies some as "us" and others as "them". Typically, the "them" are the "bad guys".

      The name you chose leads me to believe that you are not an American. Am I right? It sounds like you're trying a bit too hard to sound "American".

      September 24, 2014 at 6:55 pm |
    • Pakistani Troll Buster

      Behind all the IDs are Imran Khan from Karachi and his friends. They impersonate white man/womans name because a pakistani name has no weightage in this world..

      September 28, 2014 at 6:19 pm |
  5. The Dozer

    The relationship between India and Russia is like Hunchback of Notre Dame and Ugly Duckling having seyx.

    September 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm |
  6. Coq au vin

    Instead of terrorism India should invest in building a bridge to the 21st Century.

    September 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm |
  7. The Dozer

    Is this guy Modi married? Does he have a wife/ kids? Why is India so quiet on this matter?

    September 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm |
  8. Contours

    Indians need to focus on feeding the starving population.

    September 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm |
  9. The Dozer

    I wonder if they have dug holes for Modi in the backyard for toilet.

    September 24, 2014 at 3:51 am |
  10. Cherub

    Meanwhile they continue raping in India

    September 24, 2014 at 3:53 am |
  11. Carafe

    Does anybody when Modi's trial begins in The Hague for genocide in India.

    September 24, 2014 at 3:56 am |
  12. rupert

    I like india much more than pakistan. Better food and no terrrorists haven

    September 24, 2014 at 6:57 am |
    • rupert

      Sorry folks, I didn't post the above. In fact, we need to just get out of Afghanistan and let India roll with it. The Russians failed and so did we! Need I say more?

      September 24, 2014 at 9:48 am |
  13. mamtora

    Fareed,I ws really disappointed to hear replies to your questions.It was typical template of politically safe answers.Not knowing more anout Mr.Modi vision,I hope he has more imaginative ideas to succeed.

    September 24, 2014 at 11:05 am |
  14. Russ

    Since the last posting 7569 girls have been r@ped in India.

    September 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
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