Modi In Silicon Valley: PM Breaks Into Tears While Speaking Of His Mother's Struggle

| September 28 , 2015 , 05:21 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took part in a Townhall question and answer session along with Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters, calling upon the world to invest in a 'heaven that is India'. While talking of his mother's struggle, PM Modi got emotional and broke into tears. Key Highlights Of PM Modi's Q&A Session At Facebook
It's not just the case with Narendra Modi. Many mothers in India sacrifice their entire lives for their children: PM Modi
You can imagine what a mother had to do to raise her children: PM Modi breaks into tears while speaking of his mother's struggle.
It's hard to believe that a tea seller can become the leader of World's largest democracy. I salute 125 crore Indian citizens: PM Modi
I want to congratulate Mark's parents for having given birth to such a wonderful person, please stand up I would like to see you: PM Modi
PM Modi speaks of women's empowerment, says if India has to meet its growth targets, women's participation is essential.
My parents played a very big role in my life. I come from a poor family. You probably know that I used to sell tea at railway station: PM Modi
Mark Zuckerberg to PM Modi: I know your mother is very important for you. My parents are here today as well to see this program.
We have a lot of things in common. Family is very important to me: Mark Zuckerberg
65% of India's population is below 35 years of age. We have a vibrant judiciary and a vibrant media: PM Narendra Modi
If we imprison 50% of our population, the female power, it wont work. They must have 100% partnership: PM Modi
India is the only country which has female Goddesses, namely Durga, Kali, Amba. Fundamental values show that women have an important place in our society: PM Modi
I have added another 'D- Deregularization' to 3Ds (democracy, demography & demand): PM Modi
I believe 'Make In India' will be successful. We have certain assets other countries don't have. For instance, 3Ds are our unique strength: PM Modi
I think there's a huge potential. In last 15 months we have had foreign direct investment from USA growing by 87 per cent: PM Modi
In 100 days we opened 180 million bank accounts. This is the speed with which we are trying to bring change in India: PM Modi
I don't think there is a shortage of money in the world. Countries may not know where to put their money so I am calling them to India: PM Modi
There are so many countries who do not know where to invest their money. I am giving them an address, Here it is!: PM Modi
We are now placing a lot of priority on technology. To have economic progress, easy governance technology is very important: PM Modi
We have about 250 panchayats. What I hope is that in next 5 years we will be able to link these villages through optical fibre: PM Modi
It's true that in India we have to focus on two things equally, one is physical infrastructure and other is digital infrastructure: PM Modi
You'll be surprised to know, I greeted their PM on his birthday. It was news for people there (China) and it went viral: PM Modi
In China, social media has a different structure, but I'm active there as well, where I communicate in Chinese: PM Modi
I wasn't fortunate enough to get knowledge, wasn't educated enough. But I think social media made up for that a lot: PM Modi
Social media can tell Government where it's going wrong. It gives them opportunity for cross correction. I think this is the strength of democracy: PM Modi
Impressed with PM Modi using social media to connect with citizens of India, like he is setting an example for world leaders: Mark Zuckerberg
When world accepts you for what you are, nothing is more satisfying than that. It also helps you to progress ahead: PM Modi
The most important thing for any individual is that you are accepted for what you are: PM Modi
When I adopted social media it was because I was curious about technology: PM Modi replies to a question by Mark Zuckerberg
When I went there, seeing how people connected reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing: Mark Zuckerberg
India is personally very important to the history of our company. Early on before things were going well, we saw Steve Jobs. He told us that in order to reconnect with the mission of the company, I should go to a temple in India which he had gone to: Mark Zuckerberg
It's amazing how perception about India has changed in a very short period of time. We've brought in a new level of confidence: PM Modi
My dream is make India 20 trillion economy. I need to focus on agricultural, service and manufacturing sector to achieve that: PM Modi
When you came to India, you went to a temple. And look where you have reached: PM Modi to Mark Zuckerberg
I hope you will be the voice of millions, billions of people all across the World: PM Modi to Mark Zuckerberg
I am happy that I am connecting with you (Mark Zuckerberg) today, the person responsible for everyone over the world connecting: PM Modi
Last time PM of India visited California was in 1982, a lot has changed since then: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
We had a great conversation last year in Delhi: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to PM Modi
PM Modi's Q&A session with Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters begins. modiwithfb400 PM Modi's Q&A session with Zuckerberg will begin shortly. PM Modi arrives at the Menlo Park headquarters at San Jose of online social networking service Facebook for a Townhall Q&A along with Mark Zuckerberg.
PM Modi thanked Facebook CEO Zuckerberg for his gesture and changed his profile picture too in support of the efforts towards a Digital India.
[fb_pe url="" bottom="30"] Zuckerberg changed his profile picture on Facebook to support Digital India, the Indian government's effort to connect rural communities to the internet and give people access to more services online.
Zuckerberg added that he was "looking forward to discussing this with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Facebook today. Show your support for Digital India at"
[fb_pe url="" bottom="30"] "We will discuss some global issues and issues relating to India, particularly on the economy and society. This is a Townhall you shouldn’t miss," PM Modi had said on September 20 on his Facebook page.  pm modi525 A number of people from all walks of life are likely to be present at the Menlo Park headquarters of online social networking service Facebook, when PM Modi visits it on Sunday for a Townhall Q&A along with Zuckerberg. In anticipation of what is being projected as a very exciting event in Prime Minister Modi's five-day visit to the United States, a dress code and other rules have been introduced. According to Tracy Van Grack, Director of the Brunswick Group, which specializes in corporate relations, and is managing the public relations aspect of the Menlo Park event, the dress code for the event is business formal (suits and nice dresses, no sleeveless shirts or shorts). The check-in time for broadcast trucks and/or outlets with equipment must be no later than 6.30 am Pacific Time and for media no later than 8 am Pacific Time. Van Grack further stated in her advance note that all media will be allowed to enter the facility at the same time, and therefore, there is a need to arrive earlier. All media have been told register and receive credentials, or they will not be allowed in, and instructions have gone out that only press (media) who have RSVP'd will be able to attend and cover the event. Participants have been told to check in at Building 14 (1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025). As far as guidelines to be followed before, during and after the event, Van Grack said, "All attendees must present a photo government ID (state-issued driver's license or ID, or passport) and press credentials, if available. " Everyone attending the event will be required to pass through a security checkpoint prior to entry. Phones and cameras will be allowed, but weapons, laser pointers, noisemakers, cans, glass bottles, thermos-type containers and food are not permitted. Large personal bags (including tote bags, backpacks, and messenger bags) will not be permitted. Cameras and video equipment have beens excluded from this restriction. The event will start at 9.30 am Pacific Time. Additional materials will be available at The live stream is available at WiFi arrangements have also been provided. All buildings will be closed, and media will not have access locations other than the Townhall question and answer venue. Until the conclusion of the event, all participants will have to remain in their designated areas. There will be no tours of the campus. Live broadcasts will not be allowed inside the facility. Recording and photography will only be allowed inside the Q and A venue. All still and video cameras must be on designated risers and Mult box hookup for audio will be available (audio will be in Hindi). Prime Minister Modi will be speaking in Hindi, but Facebook will offer translation headsets for attendees. Participants have been told to drop off their translation headset after the event concludes. Satellite coordinates will be in English, Hindi and other languages from 3 to 6 pm Washington Time. Google will soon help India set up base for free Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations while Microsoft will take low-cost broadband technology to some five lakh villages across that country as part of five key announcements made during the meeting the US top tech titans had with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As the who's who from the tech world gave a ringing endorsement to the ambitious 'Digital India' programme, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said it will announce cloud computing systems from data centers in India next week, calling it a "big milestone". "We are expanding our public Wi-Fi hotspots. For example, we want to ensure that free Wi Fi is not only there in airport lounges, but also on our railway platforms. Teaming up with Google, we will cover 500 railway stations in a short time," Modi told a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs. [fb_pe url="" bottom="30"] ALSO READ: Modi In Silicon Valley LIVE: PM Meets Top Tech Honchos, Invites Them To Be A Part Of Digital India In his remarks, Nadella said Microsoft's plan is to partner with the Indian Government to bring in low-cost broadband connectivity to 500,000 villages in India. "We believe that low-cost broadband connectivity coupled with the scale of cloud computing intelligence that can be harnessed from data can help drive creativity, efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses of all sizes," the first Indian-American Microsoft CEO said. This in turn, he argued, would drive more affordable products and services and access to opportunity to all of India. To that end, next week Microsoft would announce availability of its cloud services operating out of India's data centers. "This is a big milestone," he said. ALSO READ: PM Modi Promises More Accountable And Transparent Governance Stating that in order to push digital literacy forward, it is very important for people to type in their native languages, Google's CEO Sunder Pichai announced that next month Google would make it possible for people to type in 10 different languages in India, including Gujarati. India-born Pichai said Google is working on many connectivity projects. In an effort to push Digital India initiative, chipmaker Qualcomm said it will invest USD 150 million for Indian start-ups in the mobile and internet-of-everything (IoE) ecosystem. "We are committed to providing local innovative start-ups with the support needed to help India's IOE (Internet of Everything) ecosystem grow, increasing consumer choice and availability," Qualcomm executive chairman Paul E Jacobs said in his remarks at the dinner hosted in honour of Modi, as he announced a USD 150 fund to boost start-ups in India. "We share Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to transform India into a digitally-empowered society and knowledge economy," Jacobs said. Prime Minister Modi also invited Apple to set up a manufacturing base in India and its CEO Tim Cook responded positively, Indian officials said here. "The Prime Minister (in his meeting with Cook) said he would like Apple to start manufacturing in India. He mentioned the huge opportunities India offered," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters. Foxconn, which is Apple's largest manufacturer, has decided to set up a manufacturing base in India, he noted. PM Modi couldn't have secured a better endorsement for his "Digital India" initiative, as chief executives of some of the top global tech firms like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced significant plans for India. This was during the prime minister's meetings with Apple chief executive Tim Cook, MicroSoft's Satya Nadella, Google's Sundar Pichai, Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs, Cisco's John Chambers, Adobe's Shantanu Narayen and TiE's Venk Shukla. They also joined him later for "Digital India" dinner. "I see technology as a means to empower and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity," Modi said at the dinner engagement to conclude what was a packed day here, having arrived in the morning from New York. "Social media is reducing social barriers. It connects people on the strength of human values, not identities," said the prime minister, an avid user of the medium himself incuding his penchant for selfies with his hosts and guests. "Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, they are the new neighbourhoods of our new world," he said. "Since my government came to office we attacked poverty by using the power of network and mobile phones to launch new era of empowerment," Modi said, adding: "In this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform the lives of people in ways that were hard to imagine a couple of decades ago." Earlier, a host of tech leaders said they were upbeat on engaging with India better. "India under the prime minister's leadership is moving in the right direction with 'Digital India'," Jacobs said, announcing an immediate investment of $1.5 million for innovation labs in the country to support product designing. "Now it is time for us to collectively empower people from all over the world," Nadella said, adding that Micosoft intended to partner individual states, and tech companies in this regard. Nadella gave the example of Surat where Microsoft was working with municipalities on data analytic systems. Pichai, had a take on another of Modi's initiatives - that to foster, nurse and promote entrepreneurship. "India is the fastest growing 'start-up nation' in the world," the Google chief executive said. Here are salient points of PM Modi's speech at Digital India function: 
        • India-US partnership was one of the defining partnerships of the time, one that converges here
      • We are expanding wifi in India at 500 railway stations with the help of Google
      • From large corporates to young professionals in this great centre of innovation, each can be part of Digital India story
      • We'll connect all schools,colleges with broadband,expanding our public wifi hotspots
      • We recognize that a Digital India cannot be built without bridging the digital divide
      • We must ensure that technology is accessible, affordable, and adds value
      • After, we have just launched the Narendra Modi Mobile App. They are helping me stay in close touch with people
      • I now speak of M-Governance. That is the way to go in a country with one billion cell phones, growing at high double digit rates
      • Digital India is an enterprise for India's transformation on a scale that is, perhaps, unmatched in human history
      • Social media is reducing social barriers. It connects people on the strength of human values, not identities
      • I see technology as a means to empower and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity
      • In digital age, we have an opportunity to transform lives of people in ways that was hard to imagine just a couple of decades ago
      • The pace at which people are taking to digital technology defies our stereotypes of age, education, language and income
      • Since my government came to office we attacked poverty by using power of network & mobile phones to launch a new era of empowerment
      • The most fundamental debate for our youth is the choice between Android, iOS or Windows
      • The only status that now matters is not whether you are awake or asleep, but whether you are online or offline
      • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, they are the new neighbourhoods of our new world
      • California is one of the last places in the world to see the sun set. But, it is here that new ideas see the first light of the day
      • Here on stage you see a perfect picture of India-US partnership in the digital economy
        • PM Modi meets top tech honchos including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and leaders of Qualcomm, Cisco, Adobe & The Indus Entrepreneurs.
        • We have a unique tie with India. Our founder Steve Jobs went to India for inspiration: Apple CEO tells PM
        • After his tour of Tesla Motors factory, PM Modi met with Apple chief Tim Cook.
              • With renewable and alternative sources of energy high on his priority list, PM Modi paid a visit to the headquarters of Tesla Motors at Palo Alto to get a feel on what could drive the automobiles in the future.
        • The Indian PM was driven around the facility in a battery-powered cart after, which he also posed for some photos standing next to a gleaming red car manufactured by the company with chief executive Elon Musk.
        • PM Modi & I talked about electricity generation and how arguably theres way to skip ahead with it as with cell phones: Elon Musk, CEO Tesla
              • After a brief interaction with the Indian-American community, Modi will visit Tesla`s Fremont plant. Here more than the zero emissions cars that it makes, Modi would be interested in its "Powerwall", a home battery charged by solar panels, for India`s clean energy initiative.
        • PM Modi is the first Indian leader to visit California in more than three decades, Modi is set to have meetings with Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai, Indian-American chief executives of Microsoft and Google respectively. He will also meet Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and electric carmaker Tesla`s iconic CEO Elon Musk.
        • Mayors of 10 places in California were present at the airport to welcome PM Modi as he landed in San Jose.

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