Modi goes high tech here in California

Quick little side note. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in California this weekend — Silicon Valley, to be precise. It is the first time in decades an Indian PM has been to the state, so we’ll make some note of it. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“People are now saying that the 21st century is India’s,” said the prime minister to an estimated crowd of 18,000. “The world is now believing this.”

Modi, who is bullish on Twitter and adamant about boosting the nation’s tech economy through a campaign he’s called Digital India, generated adoration and near giddiness Sunday, at the tail end of a diplomatic mission that included meetings with Gov. Jerry Brown, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, among others.

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But not every Indian in Silicon Valley is enamored of the prime minister.

Karthik Ramanathan, a software engineer who also grew up in India but immigrated to San Jose 13 years ago, arrived at the SAP Center parking lot with a poster denouncing Modi as the country’s “Prime Murderer.”

Ramanathan was among scores of protesters — including the activist group Sikhs for Justice — who gathered outside the building to accuse the prime minister of human rights violations, including a religious campaign to turn India into a Hindu nation.

“We can’t talk about tech without talking about its impact on humanity,” said Ramanathan, who worries that India’s political leadership could use new technology to crack down on protesters.

Additional coverage is here. He made some pretty strong promises involving tech advances for India.

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