San Jose, California (US) September 27 2015: The first Indian Prime Ministr to ever visit the US Silicon Valley received the unprecedented attention of some of the world's biggest Infotech companies.
At a “Digital India” dinner in San Jose on yesterday , Narendra Modi was joined by elites of the Valley including several of them Indian-Americans: Sundar Pichai of Google, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe Systems, of Cisco Systems and Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm.
In one of the most impassioned and articulate addresses by an Indian political leader to global tech honchos, Mr Modi reached out to America's best and brightest IT corporations to join in the challenge of that India has taken up:
"Digital India is an enterprise for India’s transformation on a scale that is, perhaps, unmatched in human history. Not just to touch the lives of the weakest, farthest and the poorest citizen of India, but change the way our nation will live and work.....For nothing else will do in a country with 800 million youth under the age of 35 years, impatient for change and eager to achieve it", Mr Modi said.
He added: "I have met many of you in Delhi and New York, and on Facebook, Twitter and Ibnstagram.These are the new neighborhoods of our new world. If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populous one and the most connected. 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.The status that now matters is not whether you are awake or asleep, but whether you are online or offline. The most fundamental debate for our youth is the choice between Android, iOS or Windows."
He pointed out examples of tech-enabled progress: "A small farmer is more confident about his land holding and getting better market price. A fisherman on the sea has a better catch. And, a young professional in San Francisco can Skype daily to comfort her sick grandmother in India.An initiative by a father in Haryana for “Selfie with daughter” to draw attention to the girl child became an international movement."
"All this is because of the work you people are doing", Mr Modi said to huge applause.
We bring you the full text of the Prime Minister's address and some pictorial highlights here