Why Narendra Modi’s San Jose speech sounded like the one at Madison Square Garden

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Narendra Modi winds up Silicon Valley tour with SAP Center speech.

San Jose, California: Lights flashed and chants of “Modi, Modi” filled the 18,000-seat sports arena in San Jose, California, on Sunday as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the stage for the final event of his Silicon Valley tour, marked by sporadic protests over his human rights record. Modi was winding up a whirlwind two-day US West Coast trip and Sunday’s event followed visits to some of the world’s biggest technology companies, hoping to convince them to bring more investment and jobs to India.

Modi aimed to deepen ties with the US technology sector and boost India’s digital infrastructure by promoting his “Digital India” campaign, which seeks to connect thousands more villages to the Internet. Technology executives, eager to expand into India with its 1.3-billion population, embraced Modi’s initiative, with CEOs from Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and Tesla Motors all hosting him at their headquarters. The second day of his visit began with a town hall at Facebook headquarters with chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, where Modi spent 50 minutes on stage and discussed the importance of social media, Digital India and technological expansion in the country. So you can imagine what a mother had to do to raise her children.” Modi later visited Google headquarters and met with Indian-born chief executive Sundar Pichai, who announced that Google would bring wireless Internet to 500 Indian railway stations, news that Modi revealed at a dinner Saturday night with more than 350 business leaders. Some claim that Modi did not do enough to stop 2002 religious riots in Gujarat that killed about 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, when he was chief minister of the state.

Half were protesters shouting over metal barricades and holding signs that said “Modi believes in violence, not development,” and “#ModiFail” that resulted in several scuffles. Much of Modi’s US visit, on which he received rock-star welcomes, also focused on connecting with the Indian diaspora in Silicon Valley, the IT professionals who migrated in their droves over the past two decades to seize job opportunities that weren’t available back home.

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