While in India, he observed the connections people made and realized if people had a better way to connect and communicate, the world would be a better place. Noting that India is a “heaven” for investors, he said, “I do not believe that there is dearth of money”.
Speaking in Hindi at San Jose’s SAP Center, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up a two-day trip where he met with the leaders of Facebook, Google, Apple, Uber, Tesla and other startups, as well as political leaders like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday night pointed out that the United Nations took fifteen years to define the term “terrorism”, adding that it must clarify as to who is with terrorists and who is with humanity to make the picture clear. After meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters, Mr Modi scheduled meetings with the CEOs of Apple and Google during his whirlwind tour of Silicon Valley.
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India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, was on a PR charm offensive this weekend in Silicon Valley to attract more business from the likes of Google and Facebook, and enlist their services in developing India’s technology sector.
Mr Modi also spoke of the importance of young girls being educated in India, and of his own record of campaigns to encourage families to send their daughters to school.
Providing Internet access to underserved regions of the globe has been a long-term goal for many tech companies.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg too had changed his profile photo, supporting “Digital India”.
Modi said that in the past 16 months, world’s perception about India has changed dramatically.
Over some rumbling from the crowd about how the Indian government limits access to certain websites, Modi was asked about how social media has become a tool for governing, citizen engagement, and foreign policy.
Modi’s Facebook session was reportedly well-received by the 1,200 people in attendance. “Government can use this real-time information to speed up their work…Social media has played a very big role as far as government is concerned”. “This 50% of our population, the female power of our populations, we must have have a 100% partnership with them”.
Attending the “town-hall” session with Zuckerberg, Modi also said a lot had to be done to bridge the digital divide in India.