Mission Digital India: Narendra Modi’s Step to Silicon Valley
As we all know that Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi is on the trip of United States. Narendra Modi reached New York at Wednesday (27th September, 2015). Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the first Indian leaders to interact with the top CEOs and business leaders of Silicon Valley, during his US visit. This 2 day visit of Silicon Valley PM Modi met Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai and Alphabet’s CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Qualcomm’s Executive Chairman Paul E. Jacobs, CISCO’s John Chambers and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on this trip. The main purpose of this trip is to make India digital. And each and every citizen connected to each other in India.
PM Modi is one of the most active politician in social media like Facebook, Twitter, as well as also on Google+ and YouTube and others. In fact PM already get support from the citizen not only from the India but he get many followers across the whole world.
India offers a tantalizing opportunity for tech firms such as Apple, Google and Facebook. India has 1.25 billion residents but lags far behind the United States in the digital infrastructure needed to spur its online economy. Still, the number of Internet users in India is surging, estimated to reach 328 million this year alone.
Speaking before a meeting at silicon Valley CEOs, Modi announced plans to create more public Wi-Fi spots including at 500 railway stations across India. And an aggressive expansion of the National Optical Fibre Network to take broadband to 600,000 villages.
“As our economy and our lives get more wired, we are also giving the highest importance to data privacy and security, intellectual property rights and cyber security,” he said at a dinner interaction attended among others by Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayan, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Qualcomm executive chairman Paul Jacobs and Google CEO Sunder Pichai.
Social media is reducing social barriers. It connects people on strength of social values, not identity : PM Modi
Silicon Valley Trip
On the morning of 27th September of 2015, Modi met Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park for a town hall event. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced Modi’s visit on his Facebook page earlier this month and invited users to post questions. More than 37,000 comments were made in reply, with questions ranging from those about Internet expansion in India, unemployment rates and calls for Modi to address his human rights record. Facebook has been seeking an entrance into the rural Indian market, and the social network hopes that Modi’s visit will give more traction to such efforts. After completing this meeting Mark changed his facebook profile picture to support digital india and PM modi also changed the his profile picture to support india with the help of the fb.com/supportdigitalindia . After that with in 24 hours millions of Indian changed their profile picture to support this Digital India Mission.
After taking tour of Google HQ with Google CEO Sunder Pichai in Mountain View, California. PM Modi announced plan to create more public wifi spots. This spots include approx 500 railway stations across India. And an aggressive expansion of the National Optical Fibre Network to take broadband to 600,000 villages. During this announcement the CEO of Google Sundar Pichai clarify statement “Google to provide high speed internet services at 100 Indian railway stations and expand it to 400 by next year.”
During the trip Modi pitched for a connected India in a new world. PM also urged some of the smartest brains in the Silicon Valley to take interest in his pet projects – Digital India, smart cities and Make India.
During this whole Silicon Valley teip Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the role of social media in governance, and the effect it has had on his personal life. Here are the top 10 quotes: