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Indian Talent + IT = India Tomorrow: Modi

Indian Talent + IT = India Tomorrow: Modi
Describing internet as a ‘gamechanger’, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said politicians ought to use technology for bringing in good governance, accountability and transparency as well as reaching out to the people.

‘Internet is a gamechanger...Common citizens (can) now directly engage in policy making process,’ Modi said through video-conferencing at an event organised by internet search giant Google here.

He said internet has empowered people and made communication with leaders and the government a two-way process.

‘Citizens now have a direct say (in governance). Earlier this was limited to once in five years or from one election to another. Internet has truly empowered the citizens,’ Modi said in his short speech delivered in English. Hailing new technology like 3D holographic projection which he had used recently during the Gujarat elections, the chief minister said today one can connect with the ‘dreams and aspirations of the people’.

‘It is the new town square, what we call the ‘nukkad’. Citizens are netizens...This is a wired republic,’ Modi said, adding that technology can bring accountability, transparency and help in good governance.

The BJP leader said he uses Information and Communication Technology to redress grievances of common man. He emphasised these efforts were applauded by the US. Modi invoked futurist Alvin Toffler and said illiterates of the 21st century will be those who cannot ‘learn, unlearn and relearn’. ‘This applies even more to politicians...It (technology) is very important for a large democracy like India...,’ he said. Coining a new equation, Modi said ‘Indian Talent’ plus ‘Information Technology’ is equal to ‘India Tomorrow’.
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