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Will Modi be India’s Putin?

May 19th, 2014
03:14 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

To some, Narendra Modi is a technocrat with a record of economic reform; to others, he is a nationalist who stood by as Muslims were slaughtered in his home state of Gujarat.

No matter the truth, Modi will become India’s next prime minister after claiming victory in a landslide election last week.

“He has the ability to completely remake the country,” writer and historian William Dalrymple told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“Maybe people hope that he will do so, and break the logjam of ossified bureaucracy and cut through all the blockages in the system. And they’re longing for a strong leader.”

So great is Modi’s majority, Dalrymple said, that he is just 30 votes from having a majority that could alter the constitution.

“The worry is that he will turn out to be a kind of Indian Putin – a nationalist, a strongman.”

The concern, Dalrymple said, stems not just from the Gujarat riots a decade ago, in which more than 1,000 people – mostly Muslims – were killed under Modi’s watch as chief minister.

“Journalists in Gujarat have had sedition charges slapped against them; human-rights lawyers have had sort of trumped-up charges of corruption put against them.”

“Many people are very frightened. And while we hope that he will be the technocrat, his record in Gujarat is of an authoritarian leader.”

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full conversation with Dalrymple, and hear about Modi’s alleged role in that fateful violence in Gujarat.


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  1. Abdul Tanveer Khan

    Mr Modi's colossal victory in the largest secular democracy on earth by the largest number of votes in human history can not be ignored any longer by his critics and detractors. This would also include us here in the United States.

    President Obama needs to urgently repair the Bush era debacle of denying visas to Mr Modi as soon as possible. This is because Mr Modi was cleared by the courts in India for any wrong doing and was not held responsible for actions taken by others in a communal riot situation resulting in both Hindu and Muslim deaths, any more than President Obama is personally responsible for the Benghazi incident.

    We have no right convicting a man in court of public opinion when he was clearly found not guilty of any crime by the legal courts. It is that simple. President Obama and CNN need to embrace Mr. Modi, a duly elected leader of the largest secular republic on earth to set a good example for others to follow by quashing racial discrimination, bigotry and Hinduphobia.

    May 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • Abdul

      You are a traitor to islam

      May 20, 2014 at 7:31 am | Reply
      • Raj Singh

        Go to Pakistan...A** H**e

        May 20, 2014 at 7:54 am |
      • Ajiesh

        Yes Abdul ! He does not support terrorist's . He is also planning to bring a law in which it states " Any religions originated within the Indian subcontinent ,feeling persecuted can always come back to India ,they shall be protected " This includes Hindu's ,Jain.Sikh,parsi,buddhist etc etc Jews are also considered in certain cases . This is because the 30 % hindu population in bangladesh has declined to 2% within 3 decades ,same story with the Pakistani Sikh and hindu community. Buddhism and Hinduism in Thailand also undergoing similar situation , Now MODI is taking a collective initiative ,Thats all . Hope terrorist will understand this . ,He might bring Government control over Madrassas and its activity , A ban on maintaining multiple wives , The worst thing he is going to do is to fund and bring schemes for educating " Muslim women " . For your information Modi's close Aid and staff and one of the chief campaigner is a Beautiful looking Muslim Lady called Asifa (just google Asifa of BJP ), She is also a Member of Parliament ,democratically elected .

        May 20, 2014 at 10:25 am |
      • saikat

        Why do you believe that all Muslims think and do the same thing. People like you are responsible for stereotyping of Muslims from inside the community. I have many Muslim friends who believe in Modi's Vision, who has canvased on Social Media for him.

        May 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm |
      • Kashyap

        You are a traitor idiot! Your people are... what the hell Pak and Saudi are doing?

        May 24, 2014 at 11:10 am |
      • shaolin

        Forget acrimony over Gujarat 2002 or election 2014...they are history. Join strong leader Modi to build powerful new India that will lift 1.25 billion Indian out of poverty & encourage even Pakistan & Bangladesh to focus on rapid economic development over religious acrimony. I understand America which is inherited European colonialism will resent this very much.

        September 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm |
    • Anbu

      FYI – BJP (Modi) didnt get the largest number of votes, they got just 30+% which is the lowest for the winning party in Indian History and it is funny though they got the largest number of seats, the reason being too many parties fighting the election and the votes got split.

      May 20, 2014 at 8:24 am | Reply
      • saikat

        You are right that BJP got 38% of the Votes but that is clearly the largest share and that is what happens in Multiparty democracy. You seem to have hard time accepting the reality and trying to find faults. Well, wake up.

        May 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
      • Gaurav

        This is exactly 36% of total voters, which is equal to more than 350 million voters.

        More than double the population of your little countries.

        May 21, 2014 at 1:15 am |
    • Divine George Ninan

      Dear Khan

      Happy to see a sensible Muslim come out and speak. The problem with some Muslim people in east is the division between believers and non believers. To them a death of believer is murder by a non believer. Create a lot of hype around it... Which is why they need Modi as a murderer even if he his clean.......... I went through some of comment by muslim bros against you......sad to see this . If this so called Muslims can take the same step against the terrorist may be the good will of Islam would have not got spoiled. In east when Muslim dies it's the non Muslims who is the culprit............. Until these people come out from this mentality they will find it difficult to live in any part of the world

      May 20, 2014 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Gaurav

      I was just going through one highly inaccurate assessment of Amanpour where she interviewed some American Historian claiming to be an expert in Indian history.

      The fact is victory of Mr. Modi in India has put west especially America in a frenzy as Indian Economy is expected to grow faster and projected to get double in the next 5 years.

      Amanpour's opinion can be best viewed under the lenses of American chauvenism where she would support and praise a corrupt regime in India as Indian corruption means prosperity for the western countries as money is sucked out of India by all bad means and poured/stashed in western banks.

      Now Modi is in power and definitely all outflow of black money out of India (earned by Indian's hardwork) will stop flowing towards west; Much to Amanpour's dismay. The distorted projection of Modi as a fundamentalist is highly wrong and deplorable.

      Modi is a growth oriented, pro-liberalism and industry-friendly person. Not only Indian economy but world economy is also going to witness a sea change in the years to come.

      Better is American media projects correct account of events and personnel.

      May 21, 2014 at 1:12 am | Reply
    • Sunshine

      I used to trust Amanpour. No longer listen to her. Discovered her lack of integrity after the Serbian conflict was over. I hadn't noticed at the time that there were reasons that led to that conflict since CNN Amanpour never spoke about them.

      A few years down the road, to my horror, I'm receiving videos and photos about the truth. Muslim persecution of the Serbs. Who would have thought this? Afterwards, more biased stories from Amanpour on other subjects.

      I love Modi and I hope he rids the country of Islamic elements. The only people to be worried are those who are not innocent.

      May 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • Kashyap

      You are right Abdul! Pragmatic thought!!

      May 24, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • jay

      She must also be on the side of terrorist and corrupt criminals that modi is going after.

      June 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  2. Ameeta

    The only concern I see is from the West which is afraid that now India has a leader who will not dance to their tune. Stop peddling this trashy lies CNN. Nobody in India is scared. We have a leader who is our own so back off and go back to doing what you know best...reporting on banal and trivial news.

    May 19, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  3. nripjeet

    not worth the time. Very bad knowledge on contemporary India.

    May 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  4. Santosh

    Narendra Modi draws inspiration from legends like Swami Vivekananda. He is a able leader and administrator from whom other leaders should learn a lesson or two.

    May 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  5. chris van bekkum

    looks like most comments do not agree with the reporter. the real proof will be in the ACTIONS of mr Modi. Controlling radicals to me seems an acceptable response to an increasing attack by them on society.

    May 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • numbatease

      I wonder why USA is never monitored and judged for atrocities they carry out in the name of God, Democracy, Probity and Justice. Double standards have lately quadrupled?

      May 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • captannimo

      It is a Putin style internet paid campaign. Nothing new in it. Just like Ukraine crisis where streams of paid pro Putin comments are being written and often full of lies. Modi did a very very similar job in India. I am not surprised at all. At the end of the day Modi got 31% of vote in whole of India. Rest of the Indians did not support him in ballot boxes.

      May 19, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Reply
      • Prai

        And, you are, let me guess, "paid congress stooge"? Shame on you that your hatred doesn't let you acknowledge one of the biggest mandates ever given to a political leader in independent India. Cease and desist.

        May 19, 2014 at 11:39 pm |
      • RW911

        Congress got less than even that in 2004, 2009. Never heard anyone whine back then!

        May 20, 2014 at 8:17 am |
      • Nagesh

        you see how the Vote share jumped for BJP from previous elections. Indians are very intelligent to select their representative. mere aggressive Campaign will not win the elections. we got a Leader who is very familiar with the common mans problem, who has a vision and clear road map for making India Super Power. This decisive mandate will strengthen India.

        May 20, 2014 at 9:14 am |
      • AK

        this whole 30% vote is such a miscommunication. BJP fought with allies and a large chunk of the seats were contested by the allies and BJP didnt have a candidate. Together they got around 40% votes which is in line wiht the number of seats .. again the reason why parties win only 40% and win more than 50% seats is that India is not a 2 party system and hence there is going to be a split in votes .. a vote 'for' a party is exactly that .. and not 'against' others .. In case of a 2 party system, it would have been a different story .. but let's save the hypothesis for another day.

        May 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm |
    • Gaurav

      Controlling Radicals!!

      Do you really know the meaning of radicals.

      If loving your country is radicalism
      If thinking about growth of your countrymen is radicalism
      If dreaming to make your country a world superpower is radicalism
      If envisioning a world full of peace, harmony, riches and prosperity is radicalism

      Then yes 'WE' are radicals.

      Pl stop this non-sense, if you can't digest the truth that India is on a path to high growth.

      May 21, 2014 at 1:19 am | Reply
  6. chris

    Why to be in such hurry to judge Modi ? He will be prime minister in a day. One can see the realities about him. He is popular leader trusted by large mass of people. People may make mistake but at the same time they learn from it. Anyone who does not learn from mistake cannot be a leader for long time. The pre judgements based on some of his past record are likely not to come true as human brain constantly adapts , adaption being the basic necessity for survival.

    May 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • OJPJames

      Oh but you forgot, Chris. Indians who elect their leader through the democratic process are not 'wise' enough. Democracy is flawed when it works against your jaundiced view of the world

      May 20, 2014 at 12:10 am | Reply
      • Ajiesh

        Hello OPJames
        First you have no right to challenge any democratic process ,Which is accepted to be the best form of Governance. Second you are too ignorant to call a nation full of people "Not wise " , When your country have more than 55% undergraduates running the corporates also compare average IQ ,SQ,EQ of Indians to the people of your country . 3rdly Indian Democratic structure is considered to be more Democratic than US .I just put the stat's here just because you have crapped out utter nonsense here .

        May 20, 2014 at 9:58 am |
    • Gaurav

      Chris

      The past record which you are talking about is based on inaccurate and false media-hype and inflated by then westerns'-puppy congress government.

      America is in a frenzy as India is going to grow in fastest possible manner.

      Dont try to take cover by making fake stories and then justifying how such a wonderful man was denied your visa.

      May 21, 2014 at 1:22 am | Reply
  7. Andy

    The supreme court of India and 3 other independent investigation agencies have found nothing against this man, even though the other party being in power. I think you need to believe in Indian democracy and law enforcements.

    This article shows that the author has little idea about the current India, Indian people and its vibrant democracy! Please think before judging people and comparing 2 unrelated personalities.

    I believe time and his actions will speak for itself!

    May 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • subhanahsan

      Nothing wrong in just one case out of many. The same Supreme Court call him "Modern day Nero" for turning around and allowing mobs to commit voilence. He is also guilty of administrative failure.

      May 20, 2014 at 3:26 am | Reply
    • vuwan rai

      Well said... Andy... sometimes I am totally surprised at the ignorance of the people in USA (remember, George W. Bush's ignorance of geography?) Anyway news channel like the CNN should,not publish the view of just one man as if it is the truth and the only truth..

      May 20, 2014 at 9:37 am | Reply
  8. nadodi

    Modi, a Putin style nationalist?! That's presisely what India needs at this defining moment of her modern history. India needs a leader who'd say no to any attempt by anybody to "democratize" it the Western way. India needs a leader who wouldn't allow its markets and purcahsing power to be used by others for their benefit. India needs a leader who'd augment and consolidate its potentials to become a major world power.

    May 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Reply
    • Valeri

      I could not put it down better myself!

      May 20, 2014 at 1:59 am | Reply
    • Anbu

      Please do not under value Modi by comparing him to Putin. He is better than Putin, he is a HITLER, in the name of development, he will also push the ideology he belongs to and eradicate moderate, secular ideas.

      May 20, 2014 at 8:29 am | Reply
      • praful

        you have a mind set

        May 20, 2014 at 9:19 am |
  9. Mylon Hankoli

    Putin is here to balance American hegemony. Actually the world needs many Putins who are not from the banana republics to guarantee world peace. This Putinphobia that you harbour Christian has lowered your journalistic standing because you are no longer objective. You have to change course. Russia is whether you like or not the only country in the world that can reduce the USA to a heap of radioactive nuclear waste within minutes, so avoid becoming part of that waste. Stop hating Putin he means well.

    May 19, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Reply
    • captannimo

      Putin does not balance anything. He only consolidates hegemony. The reply to hegemony is not another brand of hegemony.

      May 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  10. captannimo

    The Gujarat Riots of 2002 was well recorded and televised. There is a VERY slim chance that Modi's media barrage will work for world population. Indians may think Modi is their god( while in secret they may actually stoke their own prejudices with lot of pleasure) but it will take a long hard time to convince the world community that Modi has no ill intention. So far we have seen only worse sides of him. Massive media campaign, Putin style internet trolls everywhere and almost whitewashing every little bad details that can embarrass him. I personally feel really uneasy with this idea of Modi being PM of India. Does not go with the idea of India at all.

    May 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Prai

      Modi is not here to impress the world....world is in India. India is a microcosm of what this whole world. It has been plural, inclusive and compassionate to every religious group that sought protection from persecution elsewhere. And, people of India understand who Modi is. That's precisely why India has kicked out the corrupt leader of Italian origin. Modi knows he only needs to take care of 1.2 billion Indians and I don't think he will lose sleep over what rest of the world thinks about him. People like you are fear-mongerers and Indians have seen plenty of your kind. One of your kind–Teesta Setlvad–will be soon behind bars for all the frauds she committed. So, stop peddling falsehoods.

      May 19, 2014 at 11:52 pm | Reply
      • Sidhu

        Back off Prai – your sense of nationalism is militant

        May 20, 2014 at 2:19 am |
      • Browneyes22

        Well, Teesta is more like what they call an ambulance chaser in America (really a funny phenomenon to us Indians if you hear about it). She is a classic representative of the high-caste, English-educated Socialist elite, who has traditionally fed-off the bloated state. I guess kind of India's equivalent of the Ba'ath party. They don't hate Modi for religious extremism. They know that the actual rightwing organization, RSS, actually opposed Modi tooth and nail in Gujarat. He is Hindutva's Deng Xiaoping. He is no more a Hindutva right-winger than Deng was a Communist. He has to say he is, but he has systematically removed all actual rightwingers from positions of influence in the BJP (for example Advani). He also forced the manifesto to be rewritten to push all the rightwing goals to the last page.

        The High-caste Socialist elite in India hates him for two reasons: One, that he is low-caste and has legitimately gained power through mass-appeal. Look at all the digs against his background – his mother used to clean dishes for a living and he himself sold tea on trains. Two, that he actually creates prosperity. They despise this because it moves poor people (over whom they feel they have custodianship) into the middle classes. Zafar Sareshwala nailed it in his appearance on Aap ki Adalat.

        Note that Teesta is under trial because she actually acquired property from the riot victims telling them that she would create a museum there and is accused by the victims of then selling it and pocketing the money. Under Congress, she would use her connections to get out of this. Now, she is trapped. On top of that, she is directly accused of tutoring witnesses in every single case that she is involved in. If you want to know why the Indian economy has been in rags for 50 years, just look at her.

        June 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm |
  11. Must Read

    it is very surprising that all CNN could report is the negative. I think that is like saying the indian voter cannot make a decision. However I am sure in time we will all know that Modi is the best that has happened to India after Independence

    May 19, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • Gaurav

      CNN's negative report is only because America is in a frenzy and fretting fast growing Indian economy in the next 5 years now.

      Trying to justify their visa-refusal to such a marvellous man.

      May 21, 2014 at 1:26 am | Reply
      • Browneyes22

        The visa denial was explained in an excellent segment by Fareed Zakaria with John Oliver. Back after 9-11, some American Christian conservative legislators had formed a Freedom of Religion committee. They immediately came under fire for being anti-Muslim. The Gujarat riots had just happened and the Left in India was mounting a campaign against him. Ironically, 5000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat before that under the Congress without a single arrest. Modi had called out the police and asked for the army almost immediately (the Centre denied it because they were deployed on the border after the terrorist attack on parliament). Anyway, the American legislators found a convenient person accused of committing crime against Muslims that they had never heard of and didn't care for. So, they listed him. They never listed anyone else.

        Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, Nouri al-Maliki (who operates brigades to kill Sunnis in Iraq) – all have been eligible for visas. Modi is the only person in history ever on that program. What has happened since then is that FOIL (Federation of Indian Leftists – very active in America, even though they actually despise America while living there) has systematically moved to prevent the change from happening. Of course, any US administration will see right through this. This is why Nawaz Sharif (PM, Pakistan) and Obama, etc have all reached out to him.

        June 1, 2014 at 5:11 pm |
  12. manohar

    the western media and their stooges are flogging a dead horse. We indians know modi better than you, we voted him in and we will keep him in power so long as he has the best interest of the nation in his mind. We will replace modi should he prove to be incompetent.

    May 19, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  13. John Humphreys

    Finally India has a leader of its own. The country has needed for a long time a stronger leader with an overwhelming mandate for it to be able to reign on corruption and politically motivated and foreign operated NGO's. She also needs to devise and efficiently implement policies that will provide education, health and food to the millions of poor who will in the end become the power base of India's future in the world – be it for manufacturing, technology or finance – it's them that India's new PM needs to pay attention to – the millions of poor people. Let us not put to much hope on Mr Modi, but there was not any alternative.

    As for him being a Hindu nationalist, India is the cradle of more than 4 religions and has 80-85% Hindus, who have been marginalized in the name of 'secularism'. The west's politics is such that there can be 50+ Islamic countries, similar number of Christian countries, but there cannot be a Hindu country in the land of Hindus, a 10's of thousand years old religion and probably the mother of all religions. It's not only for Hindus to be open-minded in the world, is it? Colonial British carved out Pakistan from India and they allowed it to declare an Islamic state whereas India with 90% Hindus at the time (you can see the persecution of Hindus and promotion of other religions in the name of secularism) could not be declared a Hindu state.

    It does not mean that Narendra Modi should declare India a Hindu Nation, but certainly he needs to address the imbalance since her independence. Maybe India should not be secular but fair to all religions. Think over!

    May 19, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Reply
    • Must Read

      awesome and well put

      May 19, 2014 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • Shrikant

      Aptly said.

      May 20, 2014 at 1:10 am | Reply
    • Sidhu

      Persecution is a STRONG word. Are you saying Hindus have been persecuting Hindus since India gained freedom from the British?

      May 20, 2014 at 2:24 am | Reply
      • Sunny

        yes....very much

        May 21, 2014 at 7:57 pm |
    • A Hossain

      India indeed a Hindu state in its nature though it declares itself as so called "Moderate state". All States in the world do not allow other religions (minority) to perform their religion freely (Even do not declare national holiday in important days of each religion) except Bangladesh where all people of every religion get national holiday irrespective of any religious program of any specific religion. Though Bangladesh declares itself as "Muslim Country" but i am proud to see that it is the only country where every people get equal opportunity of any matters irrespective of religion.

      May 20, 2014 at 7:47 am | Reply
      • Ashish

        India do have official holidays for Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains. Get your facts right.

        May 20, 2014 at 8:13 am |
      • Divine George Ninan

        Dear hossain

        It is sad to note that your knowledge is such pathetically low, it wonders me how you reached here. Celebrating special days does not make a country secular. Go check your stats to see how minorities in your country had decreased after your independence. Being a Indian Christian I know how India maintains her secularism and all other countries should study about. I have one advice to you don't let other know your foolishness by commenting your anti indian statement

        May 20, 2014 at 10:12 am |
      • LL

        Oh really! India's Muslim population is the world's SECOND largest after that of Indonesia.

        May 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm |
    • Pradeep J

      Well said.. i coudn't hv said it better. Thanx

      May 20, 2014 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • Gaurav

      Nice.. THanks for this remark

      May 21, 2014 at 1:29 am | Reply
  14. Jith

    Well Putin and Moide are any day better than Bush ... so the world has already see the worst ...

    May 19, 2014 at 11:37 pm | Reply
    • Gaurav

      Jith

      Now is the time to see the best with Modi

      May 21, 2014 at 1:30 am | Reply
  15. Shrikant

    I don't agree with this article as it gives a wrong image of Mr modi . He is accused of being involved in the riots but not found guilty . He is a revolutionary leader who changed the face of Gujarat stAte and will change of India too. India is a secular and an undeclared Hindu state too. Comparing Mr modi with Putin is wrong and this article gives a wrong projection . The ground reality is different and it's not only the Hindus but also the Muslims voted the bjp and there is nothing wrong in it as long as Mr modi takes the country ahead .

    May 19, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  16. Sid

    Modi is more like Netanyahu of Israel than Putin.

    May 20, 2014 at 12:01 am | Reply
  17. Ashwin

    It would have been better if the host interviewed an Iindian rather than someone alien(Dalrymple )..

    May 20, 2014 at 12:01 am | Reply
  18. Sid

    It is for the well being of the world that India remains a Hindu majority country. With Europe getting Islamized and Islam is on rise, India and Israel will act as a bulwark in the east against the expansionist and predatory nature of Islam.

    May 20, 2014 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • Sidhu

      Well said Sid! Go get-em sheru!

      May 20, 2014 at 2:25 am | Reply
  19. Jose Jimenez

    Who is Putin?

    May 20, 2014 at 12:30 am | Reply
  20. A

    This is my very first comment on any news website & I must voice myself to write this that the content of this article is completely baseless and propagated, I myself belong to Gujarat state of India & reading such an article which is completely baseless, The supreme court of India have given Mr. Narendra Modi a clean chit then how they claim that many of them were slaughtered under his watch. Does CNN news reported claim to be above the law or they just write whatever comes to their mind. Get a life CNN.

    May 20, 2014 at 1:42 am | Reply
    • Gaurav

      I was just going through one highly inaccurate assessment of Amanpour where she interviewed some American Historian claiming to be an expert in Indian history.

      The fact is victory of Mr. Modi in India has put west especially America in a frenzy as Indian Economy is expected to grow faster and projected to get double in the next 5 years.

      Amanpour's opinion can be best viewed under the lenses of American chauvenism where she would support and praise a corrupt regime in India as Indian corruption means prosperity for the western countries as money is sucked out of India by all bad means and poured/stashed in western banks.

      Now Modi is in power and definitely all outflow of black money out of India (earned by Indian's hardwork) will stop flowing towards west; Much to Amanpour's dismay. The distorted projection of Modi as a fundamentalist is highly wrong and deplorable.

      Modi is a growth oriented, pro-liberalism and industry-friendly person. Not only Indian economy but world economy is also going to witness a sea change in the years to come.

      Better is American media projects correct account of events and personnel.

      May 21, 2014 at 1:31 am | Reply
  21. Valeri

    I can only congratulate India's people on, what I believe, is a wise choice. I can also see why the US is so worried – the man who they denied visa once and rubbished a lot, who was always in favor of cooperation with Russia and China is now the leader of one of the biggest countries in the world. And all this is happening at the moment Russia is starting to review her tieswith west and turning to Asia. Add up quite serious problems with China.... and you get the picture of the world changing as fast as ever before

    May 20, 2014 at 2:15 am | Reply
    • Sidhu

      I wouldn't call Modi a wise choice. Perhaps one of desperation.

      May 20, 2014 at 2:29 am | Reply
      • Valeri

        Time will show. I visited India – that's a great country with nice people (poor – it's a sad fact) and huge potential. I want to believe that Modi will be able to develop this potential.

        May 20, 2014 at 2:39 am |
      • Gaurav

        Wrong word Sidhu,

        Its not desperation.. Its the need of the hour

        May 21, 2014 at 1:32 am |
  22. L

    I happened to see the program yesterday. It's a complete lie to hold Modi irresponsible for the massacre that took place. What needs to be noted that many Hindus were also killed during the riots. The precursor of the riots was the train carnage Hind men, women and children were burn alive in a train by a Muslim mob. I noticed how Dalrymple avoided the use of the word 'Hindus' burned in the train boggies. He just called them sevaks.
    Isn't the plights of everyone equally important including Hindus.

    A lot of Gujrat riot data was fudged by NGO's (the likes of Teesta Setalvad who extracted false witness reports through money) working for the opposition in India. Moreover, Modi has been given a clean chit by the Supreme Court of India.

    Why does West feel intimidated by the emergence of strong leaders in Asia?

    This program/article is an insult to Indians who offered their overwhelming support to the leader of Indian democracy, Narendra Modi.

    Biased journalism at its best.

    May 20, 2014 at 2:22 am | Reply
    • Sidhu

      Clean chit? When almost 300 people died in the South Korean ferry, the leader of the country resigns! Of the country! Because the accident happened on his watch. That is what humanity asks for. When 2000 people die on your watch – no matter what their religion is – you get elected to run the country?

      May 20, 2014 at 2:35 am | Reply
      • L

        Gujrat Riots are the only being singled out. Many people don't know or pretend to be unaware that many such riots have taken place over the years (even in the very recent past in other Indian states). None of their leaders were asked to resign.

        If that is the case, what about the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre in India caused by the ruling Congress at that time, did any of their leaders resign even though those leaders were actually responsible for the killiings of Sikhs as against Modi who isn't.

        What about the many Hindus being burn alive by Muslims in a moving train before the riots took place? Do you realise their pain?

        Read reports about fudged data and how false testimonials were created by NGOs in India (Teesta Setalvad etc).

        May 20, 2014 at 2:45 am |
      • Raj

        Enough with the lies about 2000 people already it was 963 muslims and 273 Hindus
        One death was too many and it began with 2000 jihadis burning alive pilgrims in a train

        Truth about the Gujarat riots
        http://noangelroy.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/gujarat-riots-the-true-story/

        May 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Reply

        May 31, 2014 at 6:31 pm |
  23. L

    typo * responsible

    May 20, 2014 at 2:24 am | Reply
  24. Shankar

    Or perhaps, Mr Putin may become Russia's Mr Modi, say 5-10 years down the line, after Mr Modi puts India into a higher orbit?

    May 20, 2014 at 2:35 am | Reply
  25. Indian voter

    So first of all, United States Presidents are responsible for killing thousands and thousands of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, so lets not talk about Modi killing a few of them which actually he did not, it was a riot between two religions started when one train was torched for no rhyme or reason.

    Secondly Modi has won with a very large majority, which could not have happened if both Muslims and Hindus hadn't voted for him together, democracy has spoken overwhelmingly, Amanpour is not an Indian voter so I forgive her for her ignorant views.

    Thirdly somewhere is America is scared of Putin, China & India, they know if India gets a strong leader, these 3 countries will be the major economic powerhouses far away from the American subcontinent, hence they do not want a strong leader to ever come to power in India.

    Lastly it is the Media-domestic & international, Britisheers andIndian political parties such as Congress, Samajwadi party that are playing or have played the divide and rule politics, Modi rose above these issues and spoke of development, hence we was elected, it goes against the views of the Media, they want news they want ruckus, they want substance to write about which they are clearly running out of.

    May 20, 2014 at 3:24 am | Reply
    • Gaurav

      I was just going through one highly inaccurate assessment of Amanpour where she interviewed some American Historian claiming to be an expert in Indian history.

      The fact is victory of Mr. Modi in India has put west especially America in a frenzy as Indian Economy is expected to grow faster and projected to get double in the next 5 years.

      Amanpour's opinion can be best viewed under the lenses of American chauvenism where she would support and praise a corrupt regime in India as Indian corruption means prosperity for the western countries as money is sucked out of India by all bad means and poured/stashed in western banks.

      Now Modi is in power and definitely all outflow of black money out of India (earned by Indian's hardwork) will stop flowing towards west; Much to Amanpour's dismay. The distorted projection of Modi as a fundamentalist is highly wrong and deplorable.

      Modi is a growth oriented, pro-liberalism and industry-friendly person. Not only Indian economy but world economy is also going to witness a sea change in the years to come.

      Better is American media projects correct account of events and personnel.

      May 21, 2014 at 1:34 am | Reply
  26. webnesia

    Why CNN dont talk about condition of Hindus in Pakistan or Bangladesh ? Will you apply same secularism definition here also? , Will this Amanpour team go there and report it? ..

    May 20, 2014 at 3:30 am | Reply
  27. Muslim moderate

    greeting to all india and congratulation modi i think muslims and hindu can live together with all respect because hindu and muslims no one can change their good relationships

    May 20, 2014 at 3:58 am | Reply
  28. me the bos

    where is this coming from now, am sure he didnt agree to the offer from the west

    May 20, 2014 at 4:10 am | Reply
  29. Muslim moderate

    india will grow muslims and hindu together with good relations inshallah and congratulation to modi

    May 20, 2014 at 4:14 am | Reply
  30. sudeep paralkar

    Yes Modi is resembles Putin in many ways. It is good for country like India to have strong decisive leader like Modi.
    I believe there will total revamp of economics , foreign and defense policies.GOOD DAYS ARE COMING

    May 20, 2014 at 4:32 am | Reply
  31. CNN

    I hope people reading this article also read the comments. If I was CNN and wanted to do Information Manipulation, I would be some wisdom to do it in a more subtle way. This is so openly stupid.
    My message to CNN, lets make good relations with USA this article is doing exactly opposite. If doing opposite is the intention, something is wrong with your foreign strategy, because CNN knows, 4 in 1 Indians like USA. So better be careful than write such stupid articles. Insane!!!!

    May 20, 2014 at 5:02 am | Reply
  32. Prakash

    America gets jittery every time India or china become stronger. They (through CNN) start gossip coloums and try their best to put them down any which way they can. Pathetic!

    May 20, 2014 at 5:04 am | Reply
  33. Rohit

    Well, He is a strong leader or not.. time will tell. Point no. 2, he let people kill many muslims in GJ during the riots, this is wrong , and even if it did , what the heck, muslims have been killing people all around the world, cant we return them a favour. jokes aside, lets see what he can do for india, as of now no improvements other than congress party not being in power anymore.

    All the best guys.

    CNN Goofd work. NYT's better btw.

    God Bless America

    May 20, 2014 at 5:12 am | Reply
  34. RAJ

    Why the hell these people are so worried about INDIA and MODI. Why they are putting there finger in our countries democracies.We INDIANS trusted muslims and they started ruling INDIA by killing Hindus and making there mosques.Again we feel pity to british and they did the same ruled India and finally divided INDIA into two.Friends again there attempt of divide the country in the name of religion.Hate for writer and historian William Dalrymple. William.William we understand very well the you are neither writer nor historian but you are assigned by US cheap pimp to write these kind of news and confuse people.If you are so worried about whole world muslims then call them in your country and let them settle down.Disgusting.

    May 20, 2014 at 5:22 am | Reply
  35. kelvin8048

    Modi definitely has the quality of a great leader but the west led by america will no doubt continue to make sure that he is just another new dog of america...

    May 20, 2014 at 5:27 am | Reply
  36. patelpritesh

    I wonder why always media just highlights muslim killings during 2002 riots!!!
    I am not justifying the same however, the background behind those riots must be debated / studied and discussed.

    Burning ALIVE children/women and man in a train with well planned conspiracy BY MUSLIMS triggered this mad violence.
    Nobody talks about this in media.

    And, even India's Supreme Court's Special Investigation Team cleared Modi / Government's role in this riots.
    In fact, government did whatever the best it could.

    And the fact that NO RIOTS have been occurred in Gujarat post 2002 violence.

    And, still media cannot project this +ve.

    May 20, 2014 at 5:29 am | Reply
  37. EA Marco Polo

    India had been invaded and damaged by immoral Britain. Modi should unite Asian justice powers to demand an apology and compensation (US$ 155 trillion) from immoral Britain for India's infrastructure and educational fees of children.

    May 20, 2014 at 5:51 am | Reply
  38. Asheesh Kumar Pandey

    India is going to be best country in this world even American President request for Indian Visa in future. These cheap reporter beg for Indian citizenship. Jai Hind.

    May 20, 2014 at 6:20 am | Reply
  39. Kaloo

    Modi is not Corruptive his mother still travels in a Auto Rickshaw though he is the Chief Minister for Gujurat. I don't know if you can compare with Putin in that respect. I think what some in west might fear is, Modi will also give sleepless nights to WEST like how Putin can give. I hope Modi will play a Positive role in world politics and will focus on domestic needs of Indians.

    May 20, 2014 at 6:33 am | Reply
  40. Ashish

    It is too wicked to call Mr. Narendra Modi to be Putin of India. This all gestures published in media in favor of Corrupt Congress party. I question CNN editorial how much money you have paid to publish such seek minded stories
    s on your valuable page. Without judging or studying any person you are making such fatal mistake. This way I feel you are not Fair in publishing News but have biased ideas in favor of someone pays your editors for such stories. If people of India accepted Narendra Modi as Prime Minister who are you to defame or criticized without study his performance ? I am totally disagree and condemn your this point or story.

    May 20, 2014 at 6:33 am | Reply
    • Manish Aher

      I accord your view Ashish.

      May 20, 2014 at 6:43 am | Reply
  41. Manish Aher

    Each country has certain and specific dynamics, challenges and need a rightful mind that can acknowledge and execute what is right.
    Nevertheless, we don’t need visionary.
    We need someone who can address the issues fast. It’s no rocket science to focus on Infrastructure, trade and for a change not talk about fiscal deficit etc. If Modi has turned the table upside down and pulled in the unthinkable for which there is no rule book, then I’m sure he can fix the issues which are well identified. Indeed time for change.
    Also no comparison with Putin. Both are great leaders in there respective capacity.

    May 20, 2014 at 6:41 am | Reply
  42. Brian

    AMANTARD: "There's an ingrained bigotry towards Muslims in India...." ANYONE WITH A CLUE: "Yep, pretty much like the United States." –

    May 20, 2014 at 6:48 am | Reply
  43. Ram

    Egypt is fully mummified.In India, only Tamil Nadu is mummi(amma)fied.But all the other places are already Modified!

    May 20, 2014 at 7:27 am | Reply
  44. MBI Munshi

    A great deal depends on the personality of Narendra Modi and indications from his past suggest he could be an aggressive leader. However, equally important is history and political culture. Both India and Russia share similar outlooks and seek regional hegemony and expansionism in their respective neighborhoods. Both countries look to a glorious but largely mythical pasts where their countries reigned supreme. In the case of Modi he belongs to a party that follows an extreme nationalistic Hindutva political philosophy that seeks the purification of India and the expulsion of its Muslims. The BJP and its front organisations views the British Raj and the Mughal periods as a humiliation for Hindus who once ruled the Indian subcontinent and were led by Maharajas who possessed massive armies and huge war chests similar to what India has today after a decade of increased military expenditure. For more on these issues please read my book The India Doctrine –

    https://www.academia.edu/5690262/The_India_Doctrine_1947-2007_

    May 20, 2014 at 8:40 am | Reply
  45. Kalyan

    I regret that I ever considered Christine as one of the best journalists. Poor research and very opinionated at least on this one. Now, this is an area that I'm very familiar with, I can clearly see that she did not do justice to her journalistic oaths. People like me, always depend on expert journalists to form their view of the world issues. I regret that I'm having to view her articles with some grain of salt.

    May 20, 2014 at 8:49 am | Reply
  46. raju

    Ab ki baar Bharwa Modi Sarkar!!!

    May 20, 2014 at 10:49 am | Reply
  47. jalal

    selvam my friend why did you live in bigotry you consider muslims as a butcher and you didn't know that those terrorists with black flags created by CIA to destroy our muslim countries wake up we as a muslims don't have a problem with you if you worship several gods we worshipping one and absolute god when do you wake up even the thunder you worshiping it i'm not here to talk about your religion as what you accuses my religion by terrorism i'm just want to brought to you the idea of coexistence and dialogue with others india is a largest community but that doesn't mean to
    prejudge the religion itself by some people maybe they're ignorant and not versed in his faith will and acting in the wrong way and the point is he should be educated more in his faith

    May 20, 2014 at 10:58 am | Reply
  48. patnaikt

    Why do you ask someone like Darlymle? Ask an Indian!

    May 20, 2014 at 11:30 am | Reply
  49. venkat9979

    Very poor analysis Mr. Dalrymple, I am not sure if you have any idea about INDIA , how come you are been treated as expert by CNN !!!

    May 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  50. Kausi

    CNN trying to put crack in INDIA. As USA govt mouth piece, they have got the order to do so. So they can make another Syria or Iraq or Ukraine in INDIA. SO Please stop fighting.

    May 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  51. M.L.Gupta

    Amanpour- you are so disappointing! This kind of superficial reporting/analysis paints a very poor picture of the Americans. Please try to understand India. It would do good to you, CNN & America in general if you avoid silly expressions comprising indoctrinated lexicon of Indian TV anchors/commentators and debaters, whose minds are conditioned by their self interests! Good Luck next time, Dear Lady.

    May 20, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  52. ViayMK

    Amanpour is the staunchest defender of Islamic Jihadi Terrorism all over the world. She does this sitting in the safety offered by secular western democrcy. She would like to condemn non-muslims all over the world to Islamic terrorism and Islamofascist tyrany.

    May 20, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  53. AK

    this whole 30% vote is such a miscommunication. BJP fought with allies and a large chunk of the seats were contested by the allies and BJP didnt have a candidate. Together they got around 40% votes which is in line wiht the number of seats .. again the reason why parties win only 40% and win more than 50% seats is that India is not a 2 party system and hence there is going to be a split in votes .. a vote 'for' a party is exactly that .. and not 'against' others .. In case of a 2 party system, it would have been a different story .. but let's save the hypothesis for another day.

    May 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  54. Shreerang

    Amanpour is funny. Such a mis-informed article based on some misinformed guy who obviously is faithfull to the 'dynasty'. A little 'Googling' would have cleared most facts. But it makes sense to have a person to point fingers at, "...he said it! I'm merely doing my job asking questions!!"

    Here are couple of quick facts on Modi's capability and why most Indians are NOT taking a risk (will get to the riots later)-
    1. Gujarat state government with Modi at the helm won more than 285 awards since 2004. 7 Prime Minister's awards, 82 by various central governmet schemes (which were under their arch enemy and now sore losers – Congress!), 172 from various national and international agencies.
    2. In the national elections, his state Gujarat gave him 100% score – BJP won *ALL* 25 seats from where he was until now the Chief Minister!
    3. In this election a large number of Muslims actually voted for Narendra Modi (he was declared as the PM nominee *before* the elections, so they knew who they were voting for). In fact according to a news report Modi won from 45 out of 87 Muslim strongholds. That means not only Muslims are NOT afraid of Modi, they actually are optimistic their lot will improve under Modi's rule! Note that he has explicit plans for Muslims in his election manifesto (more like a pledge for himself)

    Also, a lot of Narendra Modi's publicity was done by expatriates from other states who worked in Gujarat and told folks back home about all the good work he did there.

    A little research will reveal that the educated middle-class has mostly sided with the BJP. The Congress' vote bank was always the uneducated poor people whom they kept fooling by throwing freebies(alms) instead of empowering them to stand on their own feet and educate them. It is also evident from all the election campaigning, which focused almost exclusively on the uneducated poor, and muslims (who mostly are a subset of the former). But invariably given the hopelessness of the central so-called 'leadership' and the state of the nation, and the huge contrast in Gujarat created a situation where it was almost like the people of India asked Modi to become the Prime MInister. Note the all time records of peoples' participation in the election this time. Note that the numbers beat the estimates of almost all exit polls.

    So people are not taking a risk (barring an exception or two). They are happy, excited and confident that, "Acche Din Ayenge".

    The Infamous Gujarat Riots-
    Fact – A muslim mob burned hindus returing from Ayodhya. They set fire to the bogey and burned real people to a slow torturous death. Most of them being women and children. Numbers from wikipedia- Total 59, women 25, children 15.
    Fact – In almost spontaneous riots within a few hours, and which lasted 3 days.
    Fact – Modi was questioned and grilled by special investigators. Factor in the fact that his arch enemy Congress was in rule at the center so obviously they must have tried every trick to book him. He was set scott free by the investigation team!
    Fact about Ayodhya – A very old mosque was destroyed by RSS volunteers who had actually gathered for prayers there.
    Fact – The courts had ruled that the mosque was actually built on the site of a temple. They muslim rulers then had actually used the pieces of the destroyed temple to build the mosque – basically rub it in.

    And it was also heartening to see some backing for Modi from muslims in the comments above. Makes me all the more hopefull of a positive, united, progressive future with Modi's common-sense policies, decisions and actions.

    May 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  55. bharatkrishna

    The news anchor in the video says there is a lot of bigotry against Muslims in India. So there is no bigotry against Muslims in the US? USA is one of most Islamo-phobic countries.
    India has had 3 Muslim presidents in the past. How many has US had?
    First get your house in order and then you can talk about Muslim rights elsewhere in the world.

    May 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  56. ashish gautam

    Real concern is not about the authoritarian tendencies in Mr Modi, but the backing of RSS to the present regime, which would try to implement its communal agenda through the central government policies, that would be detrimental to the social and economic interests of both political minorities(Dalits and Tribals) as well as religious minorities.

    May 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  57. nato

    shut up amanpour no one cares about your opinion

    May 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  58. Amanpour

    Modi will never be India's Putin. He cried like a wimp during the oath taking ceremony. Putin's the man.

    May 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  59. RSTAK

    1.You have to give a break to the man about gujrat riots. Supreme court of india has given him a clean chit in that matter.
    2.He has to get 2/3 majority in Rajya sabha also. Bjp has 282 seats and it needs 362 seats to get 2/3 majority in lok sabha only, which is likely impossible.
    Don't spreat panic in indians as they have finally got some hope.

    May 20, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  60. Gangesh Kumar Varma

    The recently concluded election in India shows the maturity of Indian electorate in bringing the best candidate win despite our extraordinary size and consequent diversity based on every conceivable criteria. It is therefore important to understand about the individual who happened to bring this landslide victory by communicating to the electorates in the most effective and credible terms across the diverse section of communities across India. In this context, Larry's comment was insulting to the majority mandate of India.

    May 20, 2014 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  61. Venkat

    I wish and hope Modi becomes India's PUTIN. This great country needs a dictator not another politician or a bureaucrat.

    May 21, 2014 at 1:17 am | Reply
  62. V

    I'm 15 and unable to vote due to my age. I'm American born and moved to India later due to my parent's choice. If I were 18, Modi would have been my choice. He is a man that is promising growth; something I feel my origin country needs. We go on roads that are potholed, we see terrible malnutrition and child mortality and the Congress government has really not shown progress in such areas. Basic necessities in our modern world such as food, electricity and water is needed.

    Modi's Gujarat has all this. They have great roads, great electricity and water supplies. He seems to be good for the country. I don't want to point fingers here but I am not very sure about Pakistan's treatment of Hindus. Moreover, accusing Modi of the Gujrat riots is unacceptable. There is no evidence so why do some thick people want to push the point? Blaming Modi is probably as bad as Clause 231 in the ToV. Sure, the comparison is outreached but is true; if you haven't done anything and are blamed for it, it isn't a very good action by the accuser.

    I believe Modi can pull the country out of the situation it is in and put it back on the rails to becoming a respectable nation.

    I am sorry if my views are different than yours but if you could honor my request, please do not be hostile towards them as I'm just putting an opinion out🙂

    May 21, 2014 at 6:27 am | Reply
  63. Nik

    For the record, Amanpour is a muslim journalist from Iran and, sadly, like most non-indian muslims, would GUESS that Modi is to blame for Guj riots. They do not have any ground reality and always go by what other like minded English media reported of the event and conveniently ignore the FACT that Muslim mob FIRST attacked Hindu pilgrimages in a train in INDIA.

    May 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  64. MasterMind

    The dude hasn't even been sworn in Prime Minister and the crazy conjectures are well underway. As for the riots and what not, you do realize there are plenty of those in India from time to time. In fact, every major riot in India since 2002 has had nothing to do with Modi. Is the fixation on 2002 only because it's Modi who won't be your lapdog?

    May 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  65. Kazmis

    Dealing with Modi no gain whatsoever will Nawaz get. Modi has a track record of bad deeds, he has bad thoughts and also bad wordings in speech. All these traits make a person vulnar able to course of destiny which shows disaster for him and for his country and for his people. Dealing with such a person will lead Nawaz Sharif to the course of his destiny of disaster. This is a law of Nature sometimes we call MAKAFATeAmmal.

    May 25, 2014 at 12:28 am | Reply
  66. RagBag

    What every one who does not like a strong India wants, is a weak leader, who does not have any authority nor guts to say to his handlers!

    So, yes, a dumb, paralysed Manmohan Singh is the benchmark!

    May 25, 2014 at 6:32 am | Reply
  67. RagBag

    What every one who does not like a strong India wants, is a weak leader, who does not have any authority nor guts to say boo to his handlers!

    So, yes, a dumb, paralysed Manmohan Singh is the benchmark!

    May 25, 2014 at 6:33 am | Reply
  68. RagBag

    What every one who does not like a strong India wants, is a weak leader, who does not have any authority nor guts to say b00 to his handlers!

    So, yes, a dumb, paralysed Manmohan Singh is the benchmark!

    May 25, 2014 at 6:34 am | Reply
  69. Toby

    Really? CNN/Amanpour, the "champions of free speech and democracy" deleting my post? Well, maybe I'll post it again and see if it again will get censored:

    Someone should help CNN attain some of the more brighter profile pictures of Prime Minister Modi. The only ones they seem to get their hands on are the shadowed types (nice try at image manipulation CNN). Also, interesting how the US, a country that has killed the most number of Muslim women and children, either via occupation, drone attacks or turning a blind eye to their partners doing the butchering in the last 10 years or so, are using Modi and India as a scapegoat to paint to the world that the Americans actually do care about Muslims. Hilariously hypocritical.

    And by the way, I wonder who are these "many Indians" that CNN has spoken to who are "worried" about Modi. As far as I know, it's the "many Indians" who voted and provided him with a landslide victory in the first place. And enough with the lazy cut and paste journalism already – have the decency to provide accurate news info to your reader base please. The sequence of events are as follows – 1) A peaceful train carriage filled with returning Hindu pilgrims was set alight by Muslims in a premeditated move to commit murder. 2) As a result of the killing of these innocent Hindu pilgrims, a riot broke out. 3) Of the 1,000 killed, about 300 were Hindus. 4) Modi played no part whatsoever in these riots, and was exonerated by the fiercely independent Indian courts.

    Have the decency to at least provide news accurately CNN. Otherwise you're nothing more than a gutter tabloid news organization.

    May 27, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Raj

      Thank you for articulating what many Indians think of this kid of coverage

      May 31, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  70. Raj

    Ms Amanpour's articles have been anti Indian and anti Hindu from the beginning
    I noticed this per her descriptions off calling Terrorists from Pak Occupied Kashmir militants and freedom fighters
    this was before 9/11 !!!

    Do I blame her for slanting the articles from the view she is Muslim...well for someone with an agenda to propagate a specific propaganda , no

    Professional, Impartial fact based journalism? No

    Very little of the western media is with regards it India and Hindu Advocacy

    Unethical Indian Journalists in the west like arundhati Roy who lie in their pieces don't help either

    Truth about the Gujarat riots
    http://noangelroy.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/gujarat-riots-the-true-story/

    May 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  71. Raj

    Raj
    Ms Amanpour's articles have been anti Indian and anti Hindu from the beginning
    I noticed this per her descriptions off calling Terrorists from Pak Occupied Kashmir militants and freedom fighters
    this was before 9/11 !!!

    Do I blame her for slanting the articles from the view she is Muslim...well for someone with an agenda to propagate a specific propaganda , no

    Professional, Impartial fact based journalism? No

    Very little of the western media is with regards it India and Hindu Advocacy

    Unethical Indian Journalists in the west like arundhati Roy who lie in their pieces don't help either

    Truth about the Gujarat riots
    http://noangelroy.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/gujarat-riots-the-true-story/

    May 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Reply

    May 31, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Reply
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