Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at the “Digital India” dinner met 350 CEOs of Silicon Valley in which Mr Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft is one among them who is from India, Andhra Pradesh shared what he called a “haunting image” from his childhood in AP to illustrate how digital India can change lives.
Mr. Nadella said that “I saw two lean people who lay in overturned charpoys with two transistor radios. They were schoolteachers who decided to give up teaching. I think about those people and what they could have achieved today.” From that day in his hometown Srikakulam in 1970, India had come a long way, he added. Mr. Nadella started his short remarks with a more positive story on India’s transformation, involving a visit to Kenya in June.
He also said that “I visited a rural school that day and I went to one of the classrooms…The students were engaged in a skype classroom session with another school. To my very pleasant surprise, this other school happened to be in rural India.”
He said that Microsoft would announce cloud services from Indian data centres as a key part of both “Make in India” and “Digital India” which are PM Modi’s pet projects in next week. He added Microsoft’s plans to take technology to 500,000 villages.
“We believe low-cost broadband connectivity coupled with the scale of cloud computing and the intelligence that can be harnessed from data can help drive creativity, efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses of all size,” said the Microsoft CEO.
Narendra Modi is the first ever Prime Minister who met 350 CEO’s of Silicon Valley in his two-day trip. “Digital India is an enterprise for the transformation of India in a scale unmatched in human history. Nothing else will do in a country with 800 million impatient youths waiting for change,” said Modi.