Democracy is awesome! It lets people use the freedom of expression, within legal and justifiable boundaries. On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s frequent foreign tours, the country has been literally divided into two schools of thoughts – One, that regularly wears the coat of critics and the other that understands there is more return out of the investments from these trips. Out of some of the thoughts, one circulated on social media has these words - The earlier PM was in silent mode. The present PM is in flight mode.
While such jokes are mirror of contrasting thoughts of a healthy democracy, the country is due to realize the grand benefits our Prime Minister’s foreign visits are going to yield in the coming years.
The more recent - In the Silicon Valley’s Digital India Show, Modi yet again proved his mettle and with a carefully-crafted allegory. For as long as he continued, he sparked a ray of hope, and asked politely yet deliberately the tech titans to invest in India. Modi’s speech was great, very carefully crafted, and was populated with optimisms. He pinpointed why India should be the most desirable place for technology revolution in the coming years and how it can change how technology is being evolved today.
Some of the key notes from the show -
He told how India is evolving through the use of modern-day technology
"The status that now matters is not whether you are awake or asleep, but whether you are online or offline," he quipped, adding "The most fundamental debate for our youth now is the choice between Android, iOS or Windows."
Then there was humor to make his point so credible yet fun
“Google today has made teachers less awe-inspiring and grandparents more idle. Twitter has turned everyone into a reporter. The traffic lights that need to work the best are on CISCO routers.”
But the most important aspect of the show was Modi’s ability to gather the tech titans under one umbrella, and assuring them how India is changing and how its development is so crucial technology-wise.
“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,”
The Prime Minister said his administration hoped to transform governance and make it “more transparent, accountable, accessible and participative.”
Key takeaways -
Modi’s Digital India initiative overseas started yielding results as many companies have expressed their desire to transform India with whatever way they can
Be it a huge investment from Qualcomm Or Google’s Chennai-born CEO Sundar Pichai’s announcement of bringing connectivity, to Microsoft’s assurance of continually helping people in India to stay connected - Modi’s visit is surely going to change the new India’s landscape
But for that we need to wait because revolution never happens overnight.