The patriotism of Indian Muslims is unquestionable, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi defending muslims in the country, to an American TV channel.
During his first international interview since assuming office, Modi said, "Indian Muslims will live for India and die for India. Al Qaeda delusional to think Indian Muslims will dance to its tunes." It was regarding to a recent video posted in which the terror group chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri is seen exhorting Indian Muslims to join the global war in the name of Islam.
Though Modi accepted that there have been many ups and downs over the centuries in the India-US relations, he expressed his confidence that India-US ties will strengthen further. "I am confident that India and US can develop genuine strategic alliance.
When asked does Modi feel there is a genuine desire from Washington to try and upgrade the relationship with India substantially, “The Indo-US ties should not be seen within the limits of Delhi and Washington: Both the countries realise that their ties are in a much larger sphere."
While Modi was asked about the remarkable phenomenon of India having 170 million Muslims and yet no or very few members of al-Qaida, he said, “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.”
[category-Politics-World] [tags- Narendra Modi, United States, Mod's Interview, Indian Muslims, Indo-US ties, Al-Qaeda]