Narendra Modi Courts Silicon Valley Companies, Making India the New China

He says that seeing the way that people connected made him feel that the world would be much better if everyone had a stronger ability to connect.


“You will gain from joining it. You need real time information”, said the 65-year-old Modi.

Modi congratulated Zuckerberg’s parents, saying their son has changed the world, as he asked them to stand up for everyone to see. Modi is an avid user of social media and the second-most followed world leader after U.S. President Barack Obama.

“Modi’s message is clear: help us digitise India, and help us make India more business-friendly”, Mantri said.

Recalling his young days when he used to travel by train from Chennai to Kharagpur, Pichai noted that 25 million people daily ride the Indian Railways which has 7500 stations.

Modi, who wraps up his historic visit to California’s high-tech region today, was greeted by fans chanting his name, but also by protestors outside concerned about digital privacy, gay rights and his role in the 2002 anti-Muslim riots that killed more than 1,000 people in Gujarat.

PM Narendra Modi, 65, is the first Indian leader to visit the US West Coast in more than 30 years.

Modi’s visit to foreign companies and foreign countries should not become a marketing tool for social media giants like Facebook and others.

India has accepted these challenges and is “fully prepared” to tackle them, Modi said, adding that his government was putting pressure on the United Nations to speedily resolve the problem of defining terrorism.

Narendra Modi and Mark Zuckerberg spoke impassionedly for 50 minutes at Facebook’s townhall session in Menlo Park, California on Sunday.

Facebookj CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he considers India a “temple” of knowledge from where he took inspiration to rebuild Facebook when the company went through a “rough patch” and was on the verge of being sold over 10 years ago.

Zuckerberg shared on his Facebook profile his personal favourite moment from the 60-minute long meet – when the Indian prime minister and the Facebook CEO talked about their families.


Talking about the results of his government’s efforts, the Prime Minister said that FDI from only the US had gone up by 87 per cent in the last 15 months and FII was also increasing. There is also concern among Modi’s critics that his plans to connect more Indians to the internet is actually an excuse for government surveillance.

Prime minister Narendra Modi visited Facebook headquarters during his trip