30 Sep 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York on 29 Sep 2014
New Delhi, 30 Sep 2014: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Monday reiterated his viewpoint about Indian Muslims vis-à-vis the call of terrorist group Al Qaeda to open its branch in the subcontinent. He said Muslims in India will fail Al Qaeda.
Interacting with the select audience at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on 29th Sep, PM Modi, when asked about the Al Qaeda’s call, said: “All communities in India are driven by Gautam Buddha’s philosophy of non-violence. Terrorism is exported to India and it is not home grown. That’s why the Muslims in India will fail Al Qaeda.”
The PM was asked if, as America is seized by the challenge posed by the group ISIS, he was worried that the unrest sweeping large parts of the Arab and Muslim world might spread to India and what were his plans to reduce India’s susceptibility to radicalization and even violence.
Earlier this month (19th Sep), senior journalist Farid Zakaria of CNN had asked PM Modi in New Delhi about Ayman-al- Zawahiri’s video and appeal to create an Al Qaida in India and if worried that something like this could succeed.
Modi had responded: “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.”
At the New York event, the PM was also asked about the Indian economy, Cold War, US-Indian relationship etc.