From expressing his dream of making India a 20 trillion dollar economy and breaking down while talking about the struggles faced by his mother, Indian PM Narendra Modi visited the Facebook headquarters and attended a Facebook Townhall Q and A session on Sunday. “By hiding the scams of his own government like Modigate, Vyapam, PDS Scam, Bank Scam, Mining Scam, Chikki Scam, Tender Scam running into thousands of crores; Prime Minister can not define honesty, transparency and accountability”, he said dismissing claims that there was no corruption in the NDA government.
He will also meet Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and electric carmaker Tesla’s iconic CEO Elon Musk.
Modi, the first Indian leader to visit the West Coast in more than 30 years, announced at a dinner on Saturday that Google would bring wireless internet to more than 500 Indian railway stations “in a short time”.
“The 3 Ds are our unique strengths – demographic dividend, democracy and demand”, Modi said.
In a week that saw the Pope and leading Chinese official Xi Jinping visiting major United States of America cities, Silicon Valley is getting in on the action with a visit from India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at SAP Center and several tech companies.
Modi also said that it is important for the world to accept you personally as the way you are.
More than 45,000 people had registered for free passes for the event at the 18,000-seat SAP Centre.
Can Make in India succeed? He said the country has never witnessed a leader so in love with himself that he is “blind” to the national interest in his “insatiable quest to project himself as the benefactor of all good things”.
“So how do you keep track of what is happening?” “This is the speed and scale of change”, he said.
“What is the secret to make in India?” asked Modi and said,”The low cost manufacturing, skill, man power, raw materials – these are what we have”.
Now people are connected…China has a different social media structure but still I am active there also and I communicate with the people of China.
Another question Mark Zuckerberg was if PM Modi had thought about the potential of social media when he started using it. I urge all leaders of the world, there is no need to run away from social media. “It broadened my horizen”, he said. I was curious to know the world.
We are bringing technology into governance in a very big way, Modi said.
The social media giant has been trying to attract more advertisers in the region and rolled out a version of Facebook that works in developing countries with weak WiFi connection. And if it is wrong, government can take corrective measures.