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NEW DELHI: Speaking at the global Facebook townhall meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about social media’s role in governance, citizen engagement and diplomacy. Modi has the art of speaking, what he speaks it seems is not important what is important is get a headline made for the media to keep the media buzz alive.
Answering Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s question, PM Modi said that he joined social media websites out of curiousity for technology, and it has brought about a change in his thought process.
Social media also helped him make up for the lack of access to great education, PM Modi added. But the most funny of them was this salvo of Modi on Zuckerberg on CEO of facebook. Modi said
In democracy, social media can act as a pointer to where the government is going wrong, and is a new strength of democracy, He added that social media stops governments from committing errors.
Look what the PM’s own state Gujarat where his party BJP is ruling did to internet in last week.
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7 days ago – Patel’s arrest again on Saturday sparked a statewide protest by the community which prompted the government to impose a ban on internet and SMS services …
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5 days ago – Ahmedabad: The suspension of mobile internet services by the Gujarat government for almost 10 of last 20 days has come as a shock to the fledgling …
6 days ago – Message not sent: Why the Gujarat government’s mobile internet ban was a bad idea. Rumour, the catalyst of public unrest, needs to be countered with facts and …
6 days ago – Following the arrest of Hardik Patel, the Gujarat government issued a banon mobile internet and text message services in the state.
The man has not respect for freedom of speech and expression. In past too social media users were harassed and arrested on grounds that were flimsy. BJP fears freedom of speech, it recently was almost on go to put strict guidelines on Watsup and Social media content. It looks the visit to US might have put it off for now.
Diplomacy has also become easier with social media, PM Modi said. Sharing an anecdote, he said that he wished Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a festival in Hebrew, who then replied to him in Hindi.
“This is the power of social media,” PM Modi said.
He added, “We have about 250 panchayats in India, and what I hope is that in next 5 years we will be able to link these villages through optical fibre.”
It is important for us to have effective and easy governance, and technology is very important for that, the Prime Minister added. I-ways are as important as highways, he said. Our PM forgets in-spite of
Fielding a question on women empowerment, PM Modi said India cannot achieve its economic goals if we imprison 50% of the population at home. He emphasized that women should be empowered in order to be decision makers, not just participants. And the man has not been able to keep his own wife in wedlock. And succeeds in having a Lady Cabinet Minister who has fake degree to disgrace her.