Bengaluru, Sept 28: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, visited Facebook, Google headquarters during his six-day US tour. During the much-hyped visit, Modi was trying to promote the Digital India initiative heavily among the top executives of the states.
Modi's current visit made headlines not only in India but in other foreign countries. Pakistani media too has been covering Modi's US visit.
How foreign media covered Modi's visit to US:
Modi, 65, is the first Indian leader to visit the United States (US) West Coast in more than 30 years.
Modi hopes to attract funds and skills from US innovators to help India's burgeoning startup scene grow, and he will seek to encourage some Indians who have thrived around San Jose, California, to bring their knowledge back home.
Modi's voice broke as he described his humble beginnings. "I came from a very poor family. ... We went to our neighbours' houses nearby (to) clean dishes, fill water, do hard chores. So you can imagine what a mother had to do to raise her children."
During the 50-minute event held at the social network's Menlo Park, Calif., campus, Modi fielded questions about government investments, the ease of doing business in India and what was being done to empower women. But it was a question from Zuckerberg himself, about family, that got an unexpectedly emotional response from the prime minister.
On a visit to Facebook headquarters in California, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to cry as he talked about the sacrifices made by his mother during his childhood.
The euphoria arises partly because Indians here are still optimistic that Modi will transform India - after decades of economic stagnation under socialist governments. But his greater appeal to the tech community is due to his being one of the world's few truly tech-savvy leaders.
Mr. Modi, the prime minister of India, oversees a nation of 1.25 billion people. Mr. Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, runs a social network with 1.5 billion active users. Both see themselves as global leaders pushing for broad social change, and both routinely use social media to communicate with their many millions of fans.