Much was said and discussed about the Digital India initiative taken by the very proactive, young government of India earlier this year. Bouquets and brickbats followed a series of announcements throughout the Digital India Week as well, celebrated as an IT awareness week from the First of July 2015.
The commendable thing this government does is that it gives us recognition in the world and makes us proud by doing everything with aplomb, élan and confidence. Right from the Digital India week celebrations here to the visit of none other than the man of the moment, the honorable Prime Minister Mr Modi to the Mecca of Information Technology, the Silicon Valley.
What followed are a series of proud moments good to savor and get inspired from.
Of course, the Prime Minister discussed at detail three of his best projects at length during the tenure of his visit, Digital India, Smart Cities and Make in India. But for obvious reasons, we are biased towards all that mattered more to the IT fraternity.
The Prime Minister Speaks on behalf of India
“I have met many of you in Delhi & New York, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are the new neighborhoods of our new world…”
“From large corporates to young professionals in this center of innovation, each can be part of Digital India story…”
“Digital India is an enterprise for India’s transformation on a scale that is, perhaps, unmatched in human history..”
“We recognize that a Digital India could not be built without bridging the digital divide. Like airports, we will also have WiFi at 500 railway stations, we are working with google on that…”
“Social Media connects people on the strength of human values and not identities. We must ensure that technology is accessible, affordable, and adds value…”
“California is one of the last places in the world to see the sun set. But, it is here that new ideas see the first light of the day…”
“Here on stage you see a perfect picture of India-US partnership in the digital economy…”
What they said and India loved to Hear
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
“India is very important in the history of Facebook. I consider India a “temple” of knowledge from where I took inspiration to rebuild Facebook when the company went through a “rough patch” and was on the verge of being sold more than 10 years ago…”
Google’s Sundar Pichai
“I’m excited because I care about technology and know India will play a huge part in facilitating it. India is the fastest growing startup nation in the world. There are more than 3,000 startups in India. These are global success stories. While in India, I could feel the change. Hungry entrepreneurs, similar to ones I meet in Silicon Valley.…”
Microsoft’s Satya Nadella
“India has world class entrepreneurs and human capital. The Prime Minister’s vision is spot on; he knows how tech is a powerful tool to enable human ingenuity. We have plans to take technology to 500,000 villages in India. We will bring world class infrastructure to India and respecting digital securities is key milestone for us.…”
Apple’s Tim Cook
“India has a special place in every Apple employees mind; our founder Steve Jobs found his inspiration in India…”
Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm
“We’re extremely excited, motivated with PM Modi’s Digital India vision. India under PM Modi’s leadership is really moving in the right direction. India has more internet traffic on mobiles than any other country. India is providing a huge market for smartphone technology…”
John Chambers of Cisco Systems
“PM Modi is an amazing ambassador of India’s growth story. PM Modi will change the world. He has a global vision, he understands global trends. US and India will be very strong because of your (PM Modi’s) leadership…”
India Making Headlines @ the Silicon Valley
“Narendra Modi arrives for Silicon Valley tour as India’s influence grows…”
“Modi, a technophile who regularly posts on Facebook and Twitter, is expected to spend much of his time courting Silicon Valley to do business in India even as he calls attention to his country’s influence on the technology industry….”
The USA Today
“Modi swinging through Silicon Valley …was looking to raise his country’s profile on the global stage…”
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