Narendra Modi knows how to be in the news and he has kind of aura that even if he doesn’t want to, people keep on doing things to either support him or oppose him and end up making headlines. Recently, you must have heard about our PM’s proposed Silicon Valley visit at the end of this month, yes of course, you did, after all he has a strong PR. Now, the news is a few scholars well a few hundred from various American universities are opposing this visit.
On this visit, Narendra Modi will meet a few leaders of big IT companies of the valley to ask for technical support. Narendra Modi is emphasizing on the role of the internet and wants to expand its reach, he already launched his ambitious ‘Digital India’ campaign. Now, he wants to seek the expertise of Silicon Valley companies to expand the Internet access and develop online tools to improve government performance. However, the scholars are indifferent and think that it lacks adequate privacy protections and could impinge on Indians’ rights.
A letter has sent out to all the Silicon Valley leaders saying, “We urge those who lead Silicon Valley technology enterprises to be mindful of not violating their own codes of corporate responsibility when conducting business with a government which has, on several occasions already, demonstrated its disregard for human rights and civil liberties, as well as the autonomy of educational and cultural institutions.”
The letter goes further criticizing Modi for running a conservative government of authoritarian practices, including harassing critics, clamping down on advocacy groups, meddling with academic institutions and denying foreign scholars entry into India for conferences.
Modi will address the U.S General Assembly on 24th Sept before moving to the Bay area to attract companies to invest in India’s rapidly growing IT market and seek support for ‘Digital India’, but this time it is not looking that easy. However, the guy is known for tactics and we know, he will tackle this problem as well, though it seems like that are Silicon Valley show won’t be as smooth as Madison Square one was.