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Al-Qaeda will fail to recruit India's Muslims: Modi

Al-Qaeda will fail to recruit India's Muslims: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said al-Qaeda will fail if it seeks to spread its terror network into his country because Muslims there "will die for India." al-Qaeda announced plans this month to launch a new branch in the Indian subcontinent, in a video message featuring al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Al-Zawahiri said that his...

Qaeda's South Asia plan 'delusional'

India's prime minister has dismissed al-Qaeda's plan to set up a South Asia branch, saying it was "delusional" to think the country's Muslim minority would follow orders to wage jihad in the region. "They are doing injustice towards the Muslims of our country," Narendra Modi said in an interview with CNN broadcast yesterday. "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...

India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in...

India China sign $20bn landmarks deals

India China sign $20bn landmarks deals

India and China have signed 12 agreements in Delhi, one of which will see China investing $20bn (£12.2bn) in India's infrastructure over five years. At a news conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping, India's PM Narendra Modi said "peace on the border" was important for progress. Talks came as India accused China of fresh territorial...

China leader Xi begins India visit

China leader Xi begins India visit

China's President Xi Jinping has begun his first official visit to India, with a focus on improving trade ties and resolving the decades-old dispute over border areas. China is one of India's top trading partners and the Asian neighbours are the world's most populous countries. .@PMOIndia shared the rich Buddhist heritage of Gujarat with Prez...

Bypolls In India

Stakes high for Modi, BJP

Voting is under way in byelections to three Lok Sabha and 33 assembly constituencies spread across ten states, seen as a test of Narendra Modi government's popularity, especially as BJP braces for polls in two states next month. Amid elaborate security arrangements, polling was being held in 11 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, where the stakes are high for BJP. The three Lok Sabha bypolls are in Vadodara (Gujarat), Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh) and Medak (Telangana). Among...

A New India?

Why Modi will need more time

DELHI – How fitting for the world's largest and perhaps most free-wheeling democracy that with only 100 days having passed since Narendra Modi was sworn into office as Prime Minister of India, critics and supporters alike -- in Bangladesh and elsewhere -- are already vocally weighing in on his performance. Hope remains high that Modi will bring change to this traditions-bound nation, but as Russell Green, a former U.S. Treasury attaché to India and Clayton Fellow at Rice University's...

Modi to meet Obama on Sept 29-30

Modi to meet Obama on Sept 29-30

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold two days of meetings with President Barack Obama in his first visit to the US since being banned in 2005, US officials have confirmed. Modi will visit the White House on 29-30 September. The two leaders are expected to discuss issues "to expand and deepen the US-India strategic...

PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

Politics of 'love jihad'

HOW does Narendra Modi's slogan Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikaas (inclusion and development for all) square up with the social-political reality experienced by India's religious minorities? They had the most to fear from a BJP victory; some of their fears are coming true. Abdicating their duty, BJP leaders have failed to allay them. India's Muslims and Christians feared that they would face exclusion while being asked to subordinate their religious identities to a “larger”, essentially Hindu, cultural super-identity. RSS...

al-Qaeda wants to portray Modi as enemy of Islam: US analyst

al-Qaeda wants to portray Modi as enemy of Islam: US analyst

al-Qaeda, which has announced the creation of a separate wing for India, wants to portray the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an enemy of Islam and as such India should take its threat "very seriously", a well-known American counter-terror expert said on Thursday even as the US tried to downplay the terrorist...

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