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Modi, Zuckerberg on the Same Page

The Hindu, September 28, 2015

Srinivasan Ramani

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in California on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in California on Sunday.

The Prime Minister achieved an instant „connection“ in a Q&A held at the Facebook headquarters.

If the reactions to Narendra Modi’s answers to a set of pre-determined questions asked by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Q&A held at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park were anything to go by, the Prime Minister achieved an instant “connection”.

Speaking in Hindi to an audience largely drawn from Facebook employees, many of whom were of Indian origin, the Prime Minister spoke on a number of issues related to the impact and power of social media.

Welcoming the role of social media in connecting people and government in a large democracy such as India’s and also as a tool for diplomacy, Mr. Modi asked other world leaders not to avoid social media. “I used Chinese social media to wish their PM on his birthday. The huge reaction by the Chinese people surprised me. I wished the Israeli PM in Hebrew and he replied in Hindi,” he said. Mr. Zuckerberg appreciated the Prime Minister’s emphasis on using social media as a means of governance.

At FB, emphasis on deregulation

At a Q&A held at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park here on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised that his government was keen on furthering India’s advantages in its demographic dividend, its democracy and overall “demand” by focusing on deregulation and in easing business activity.

“It is easy to turn a scooter, but much more difficult to move a train. The things we are trying out will cumulatively work out later,” he said.

He spoke on the need to expand the government’s initiatives to enhance infrastructure and ease of business and the need for women empowerment.

The packed crowd were largely appreciative of the answers. An engineer said he was impressed with the answers, but felt that PM could have been more specific about initiatives taken by his government.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Silicon Valley has not received as much attention in the U.S. media as the Pope’s visit or parleys between U.S. and Chinese presidents. But the welcome accorded and importance attached to the Prime Minister’s visit by Silicon Valley top executives, including Mr. Zuckerberg, has been clear to those covering the events.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who continues to pitch ‚Digital India‘ in Silicon Valley, addressed a Townhall session with CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook Headquarters. Read more at NDTV: PM Modi at Facebook Townhall Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg: Highlights

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PM Narendra Modi thanks media, says writing about Clean India a service to nation

INDIA TODAY, New Delhi, October 25, 2014

Reaching out to media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday lauded its role in spreading awareness about his pet ‚Clean India‘ campaign, saying it has helped remove the perception that government is responsible for everything.PM Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi poses for photographs with reporters during theDiwali Mangal Milan at BJP headquarters in New Delhi.At his first interaction with the media in Delhi after becoming the Prime Minister and in many years, he recalled his fond relations with the media when he was a BJP office-bearer before going to Gujarat as Chief Minister in 2001.

Using the Diwali milan (get-together) organised by BJP chief Amit Shah at the party headquarters, Modi freely mixed with a few hundred journalists, including top editors and beat reporters.

„I used to arrange chairs here (BJP office) waiting for you (media). Those were different days when we used to interact freely. I had a beautiful relationship with you and it helped me in Gujarat,“ he told the assembled editors, reporters and other journalists at Diwali milan (get-together) hosted by BJP President Amit Shah at the party headquarters.

Fondly recalling the deep relationship he had with the media, Modi said he was looking for ways to further deepen and expand the old relationship.

„Some way will be found. It is important to interact with media directly rather than the reportage and articles. By interacting directly, one gets to know things which media persons cannot report. Not only does one get information but also vision, which is very valuable,“ he said.

Referring to ‚Swachh Bharat‘ campaign launched by him, Modi said he was happy to see several articles, TV features and social media write-ups on the subject, giving the mission a wide publicity.

„Media has converted its pen into broom… This is a service to the nation,“ he said, saying he felt indebted by this.

He said although 80 percent of the media coverage is criticism of governments but this is an issue which affects the image of the country and impacts the poorest most.

„More important than health care is preventive health care and cleanliness plays a crucial role in this,“ he said, adding that it is a national duty to raise awareness about the issue.

Noting that all including influential people are getting involved in the ‚Swachh Bharat‘ campaign, he said the notion that government has to do everything has changed.

„For the last 60 years, the thinking was that government has to do everything. Now the thinking is that we all have to work together. This demonstrates how big a role media can play,“ Modi said.

Media has inspired people to take part in cleanliness exercise, he said.

Earlier, Shah said the central government is doing a good job after people have reposed faith in Modi’s leadership. He hoped that it will rise to the expectations of the people.

Modi later mingled with journalists many of whom jostled to get clicked with him. Several young journalists did selfies with the Prime Minister who happily obliged them.

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