Modi travelled to West Coast where he visited the Facebook headquarters for a town hall Q&A with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “We hope your visit will energise people in the Valley, excite Indians all across the country, and renew and strengthen our partnership”, he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama hugged warmly as the two leaders met here on Monday for their third summit meeting in a year.
The two leaders met for almost an hour.
“To leaders all over the world: you are not going to gain by running away from social media“, he said in Hindi during a question-and-answer session.
He said India’s measures to combat climate change includes a plan for 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, as well as a development strategy to transition to a more sustainable energy mix.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said social media changed his life.
The Prime Minister also discarded the notion of brain drain, saying with Indians travelling the world and gaining experience, it was more of a “brain gain”.
“I thanked President Obama for US support for India’s permanent membership of a reformed UN Security Council”. “iWays are as important as highways in 21st century, ” Modi said. More than 20 young people are also expected to receive a new award to recognise contributions to their respective fields at the Sinda Excellence Awards – now into its 24th edition.
The electrifying moments in San Jose, California, where he addressed a boisterous crowd of Indians marked the end of his much-publicised Silicon Valley tour. He said there’s “unprecedented competition” among India’s state governments to lift regulations, and he expects to move up in the IMF’s Ease of Doing Business rankings. He said that the meeting provided an opportunity to them to build on the discussions they had in the Indian capital in January. 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. The cameras were clicking while Modi was intently listening to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, who presumably was gifting him something.