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PM Modi US visit: Digital India and other takeaways

PM Modi, known for his dynamic dedicated and determined nature to make India a developed country whole as a nation as well as in a global platform, was greeted with finesse at the John.F. Kennedy International Airport by Arun K Singh, India’s envoy to the UN Asoke Mukerji, Consul General Dnyaneshwar Mulay and their spouses at his arrival for five day US visit to be counted as his second visit to the states in as many years.


During his stay he vehemently addressed the world leaders at a landmark UN sustainable development summit and meet top CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and the Indian diaspora in Silicon Valley.

India also congregated the G-4 summit here on September 26, before the PM’s Digital Dinner with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Apple Inc. Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google’s very new CEO Sundar Pichai, Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm among many other eminent figures.

Below are the major takeaways from this significant tour:


An assembly of 42 CEOs from Fortune 500 companies met the PM, over a dinner spread out by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, from New Delhi. The pioneers and achievers of American big capital and big business marched in through the gilt entrances of the Waldorf Astoria all day to meet Prime Minister on Thursday, the CEOs who met Modi had concerns, the Indian officials said — red tape, taxation laws, insolvency laws, the sluggish pace of infrastructure expansion. But Modi assured them that “overwhelmingly, he believes in deregulation, he believes that the government should let private sector space to develop, enhance and that he is for foreseeable, apparent, accountable governance”. The only thing the CEOs wanted was the rate of growth and development in India should speed up.

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India’s Ambassador to the United States Arun Singh said that throughout the interactions, the chief sentiment was that “this was a very respectable moment for India in the global context, given the economic and fiscal trends globally, that this was an exclusive opportunity for India to move ahead, fascinate capital, to concentrate on finding market access, and for markets at home and abroad”.

The CEOs articulated indebtedness and support for the Make in India programme, Skills India programme and the basic idea of Smart Cities, and other government initiatives, as the officials reported. All the CEO’S walked out seemingly comforted and reassured with the fact that the apprehensions they had taken in with them about doing business in India would be addressed.


Bullish. Positive. Upbeat. These were the three golden words that Indian officials engaged repeatedly over 12 hours to term what they said was the principal mood among the chief executives of big American companies who called on to Modi. Out there, New York was going wild, massing behind blockades on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue all afternoon.


Modi also had an expansive gathering with leaders of the American media and entertainment industry led by an elderly Rupert Murdoch of Newscorp, his son James Murdoch and the top honchos of 21st Century Fox, Discovery channel, Sony, Time Warner, A&E, and others. Those amassed, the fresher Murdoch is said to have pronounced, represented 40 per cent of the world’s entertainment business.


Swarup stated, “They said India is the biggest market for them, in terms of the development of television and the number of channels, in terms of the adolescence and the content they want”.

The Prime Minister assured them that India was devoted to shielding Intellectual Property Rights, and acknowledged that this was essential to protect the very existence of creativity.

As per the stats, what the media bosses wanted was digitization, and 4G connectivity to be rolled out within days. Modi asked them to reconnoiter the possibilities of using communication and media to partner in India’s expansion story. He even recommended that they set up a communication university, or a binding chair in communications at a university.

There was agreement that India was at a “unique location” to spring technology and move forward on digital technology.


Previous New York mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg called on Modi individually, and the Prime Minister thanked him for his guidance and supervision on the smart city project for which he is an adviser.

Among the rest of the people who met Modi were: Marilyn Hewson chairperson of defenseproduction Lockheed Martin which has a facility in partnership with Tata in Hyderabad;and

The CEO of Aecom, a large infrastructure company, which industrializedDhulera port, and has contract for developing the Vizag smart city.



It started with the CEO meet and crafted a major highlight of the visit– his highly anticipated speech at the UN General Assembly with respect to the topic of “Digital India is enterprise for India’s transformation”.


On a scale which is perhaps unsurpassed in history, Technology is seen as a means to empower & tool that conduits the distance between anticipation and opportunity. Social Media is dropping social barriers and Building I-ways is as important as highways’, as stated by the PM. In a nation of one billion cell phones, mobile governance has the probable to make development a truly comprehensive and widespread mass movement. “It puts governance within everyone’s reach,” he said.

Digital India was congenital out of conviction that it was likely to rapidly transmute the lives of people on margins and trace the lives of the weakest, farthest and the lowliest citizen of India as also change the way our nation will live and work in future.

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Today, technology is progressing citizen empowerment and consensus that once drew their strength from Constitutions. Technology is obliging governments to deal with gigantic volume of data and produce comebacks, not in 24 hours but in 24 minutes. Affordability of products and services is precarious for our success. There are many magnitudes to this. We will stimulate manufacture of excellence and reasonable products in India. That is part of our vision of Make in India, Digital India and Design in India,” Modi said. He ended it by stating that, “California is the last place in world to witness the sunset, new fresh ideas, however, see the very first light of the day”



Modi is projected to pay emphasis on giving a further thrust to early and vital reform of the Security Convention and to send an “explicit message” of “zero tolerance against terrorism”. Also in a letter to the UN Secretary General in July, Modi told that that the UN must be made more effective for dealing with new safety and security come across as “we are now living in an age when non-state military actors are a major factor.

We must use this momentous year to cooperatively send an unambiguous message of zero tolerance against terrorism.” Significant step in this course would be assuming the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism at the United Nations this year,” India’s Permanent Demonstrative to the UN Asoke Mukerji has said that the Prime Minister’s speech at the Sustainable Development conference will focus on “Agenda 2030” since he “has given a lot of attention to the substance of the development outline.” Among the determined 17 goals to be adopted by the UN for the next 15 years is complete deficiency eradication, zero hunger, quality education, gender equality, maintainable cities and communities and clean water and cleanliness.

In his letter to the UN Chief, Modi had also underscored that eliminating poverty by 2030 should “indisputably” be at the heart of the post-2015 Development Agenda.The most acute forms of poverty still continueto be the most pressing problem and necessitatestraight, crucial and sustained interventions. Addressing the needs, anxieties, human rights and needs of 1.3 billion poor people in the world is not simply a question of their endurance and self-respect, but also a vivacious necessity for a continuing peaceful, sustainable and just intercontinental order,” he said.The after 2015 Development Agenda should safeguard that no one is left in arrears and “we must reawaken the métier of international sustenance and partnership that had characterized some of our social missions in the past for tackling poverty,” he had said.

PM Modi in his concluding speech bestowed happiness and blessings, “May all be happy, may all be healthy, may all see welfare, and may no one have any sorrow.”


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