When PM Modi Met Apple

The Silicon Valley took out the red carpet to welcome PM Modi when we became the First Indian Prime Minister to visit California in 33 years. PM Narendra Modi met Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook and ” a valuable interaction with Tim Cook on a wide range of issues” as tweeted.

The Custom Built Red Carpet

The red carpet was 5 feet wide and 30 feet long red nylon and was custom-built to specifications used by the US State Department ad shipped to Silicon Valley earlier this week by a New Jersey rug company.

It was delivered to Mineta San Jose International Airport a day before PM Modi landed on Saturday to enlist the support of Bay Area’s tech titans for his Digital India Initiative.

The Digital India Initiative

The initiative of Government of India to integrate the government departments and the people of India. Basically, it will connect the rural areas with high-speed internet networks and provide government services to citizens electronically by reducing paperwork. This will create digital literacy and create a digital infrastructure.


PM Modi discussed some issues regarding the DI with Tim Cook. Here are some highlights of the whole rendezvous:

Tim Cook said that India fits into their long term plans. He showed interest in the App Development economy. He said by using the app development tools people can really become part of this huge industry.

“As Apple expands its presence to India including a manufacturing unit, there could be enhanced opportunity for app development related to the apple platforms.”

Jan Dhan Yojana was discussed and the topic of Apple Pay to be a part of it was also raised.

During the meeting, Tim Cook said India has a very special place in the heart of every Apple employee as its co-founder Steve Jobs went to India when he was young for inspirtation. It was what he saw in India that inspired him to launch Apple.

PM Modi addressed Digital India Initiative and here are some points he stated:

  • Facebook,Twitter and Instagram are the new neighbourhoods of our new world.
  • The most fundamental debate among youth is whether to chose iOS, Windows or Android.
  • Internet and apps can make governance faster and better.
  • The adaptation to digital tech by people defies our stereotypes of age, education, language and income.
  • Since PM Modi’s government came to office, they attacked poverty by using the power of networks and mobile phones.
  • Social media is reducing social barriers. It connects people on the strength of human values, not identities.
  • M-Governance is the way to go in a country with one billion cell phones, growing at high double digit rates.

While Digital India Initiative goes on, PM Narendra Modi will meet Facebook tomorrow and have discussions about Internet.org which resolves on connecting the whole world with free internet services and providing networking in the most rural parts of the world.

The Digital India Initiative will be reviewed in November and the progress made by it will be analysed. We support PM Modi and he has our best wishes to transform India into a Technologically Advanced and Digitally Literate Nation.

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