How Modi won the Internet during Silicon Valley visit

September 28, 2015 01:57 am | Updated November 16, 2021 04:11 pm IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday answered questions from the audience at a Townhall at the Facebook headquarters and took a tour of the Google headquarters with CEO Sundar Pichai. The Prime Minister spoke about the role of social media in governance, and the effect it has had on his personal life. Here are the top 10 quotes:

1 Social media was like a guide and an easy textbook to know about things for me. It helped mould my thought process. It helped me build world consciousness.
2 I used Chinese social media to wish the PM there. It went viral. I wished the Israel PM in Hebrew and he replied in Hindi!
3 We need both highways and i-ways (information ways) in India.
4 People today live in places where infrastructure is present unlike the past when water was the reason. Soon we might live in places where there is good digital infrastructure.
5 For our government to achieve economic progress, we have to utilise the potential of the 50 percent population — the women in India.
6 My mother is illiterate. My father is no more. My mom understands things through media. My mother took lot of pains to help me grow.
7I come from a poor family and my family played an important role in my life. No one could have imagined that the world's largest democracy could have accepted an ordinary tea seller.
8 I thought technology helps us save time, but in fact it is the opposite: people are spending maximum time using technology.
9 I want to encourage hack-a-thons in Indian cities too.
10 India's unique strengths: 3D. Demographic dividend, democracy and demand. I have added another D: deregulation.

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