September 2015 \ Diaspora News \ PM?in usa
Modi has digital designs on Silicon Valley

By Arun Kumar
  • DIGITAL DESIGNS: Prime Minister Modi will be looking to motivate his Silicon Valley audience in investing their knowledge and soft power skills in the Indian cyber terrain

 After wowing Indian Americans on the East Coast and wooing US big business to ‘Make in India’ last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now out to win over the Silicon Valley for his Digital India initiative.

The first Indian leader to visit California in more than 30 years, Modi will go to Facebook for a town hall-style question and answer session and visit other top tech companies like Google and Adobe systems, as also electric carmaker Tesla.

As the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced, the town hall at the company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters will “discuss how communities can work together to address social and economic challenges.” Modi, who has more Facebook fans than any politician except Barack Obama, is the first Indian prime minister to visit the Bay Area since Morarji Desai picked up an award at the University of California, Berkeley in 1978, and Indira Gandhi visited Los Angeles in 1982.

Besides meetings with Sundar Pichai and Shantanu Narayen, India born chief executives of Google and Adobe respectively, he is also expected to attend events with Indian American entrepreneurs and social investors.