San Jose: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the Silicon Valley won the hearts of thousands with his ear-soothing one-liners on the digital revolution which has erupted from this place of the world and is changing the lifestyles of people across the globe.
Citing examples of the changes in his own lifestyle and that of people of India, Modi launched a number of one-liners that easily won thousands of thunderous applauds from several hundred audiences.
“I have met many of you in Delhi and New York, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,” Modi said.
Amid the thunderous applause from the audiences, Modi remarked that these are the new neighbours of our new world and then went on describing the companies of the iconic Silicon Valley in his own words.
“If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populous one and the most connected,” he said.
Google has also changed the mindset of people across the world about learning and made teachers less awe-inspiring and grandparents more idle.
Twitter has transformed the world into a reporter.
The traffic lights that need to work the best are on CISCO routers, said Modi.
“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 said.
Prime Minister Modi dug out some visible yet unsaid facts that mesmerized the audiences in the Silicon Valley and they could do nothing but keep clapping for him. He remarked, from computing to communication, entertainment to education, from printing documents to printing products, and, now to internet of things, it’s been a long journey in a short time.
From cleaner energy to better healthcare and safer transport, everything is converging around the work you do. In Africa, it’s helping people transfer money on phone. It has made reaching small island states no longer a journey of adventure, but a convenient click of a mouse, he noted.
“In India, a mother in a distant hill village has a better chance to save her new born infant. A child in a remote village has better access to education,” Modi said reflecting on the changes in one’s life brought by digital revolution.
A small farmer is also getting more confidence about his land holding and having better price in the markets. A fisherman on the sea has a better catch, and a young professional in San Francisco can Skype daily to his ailing grandmother in India, he suggested.
A simple but landmark initiative by a Haryana-based farmer by taking a ‘Selfie with daughter’ seeking attention to the girl children, didn’t only remain within the boundaries of India but through internet and social platforms it became an international movement, he added.
“This is all happening across the globe because the works you people are doing,” Modi said.