One week after Shri Modi’s historic Google+ Hangout, euphoria over his answers

steadily rising on the Internet!


Already over 555,000 viewers have witnessed the entire session and many more have

witnessed smaller clippings of the Hangout. In 7 months, President Obama’s Hangout

viewed by about 712,000 viewers.


Modi is doing a Reagan to the media. Several things stood out in the Hangout session on

31st August: Rajeev Srinivasan writing in Rediff


It’s been little over a week since Shri Narendra Modi mesmerized people from across the world in his historic Google+ Hangout session that was held on the evening of 31st August. But, the euphoria over the session and Shri Modi’s out-of-the-box answers has not reduced but on the contrary has only increased leaps and bounds. The Hangout made it to all leading news sites as well as blogs and was hailed as one that breached barriers of communication and changed terms of political discourse.

What is noteworthy is that within a week, the compete video of the Hangout has already been viewed by 556,136 viewers on the net. Furthermore, there are several smaller clippings that are available on the Internet that have together attractedmore than 200,000 viewers. These include clippings of each and every question with Shri Modi’s answers, clippings of what was covered in various news channels and videos taken by other people and posted on You Tube.

To put this in perspective, the Google+ Hangout session held by USA President Barack Obama held 7 months ago has drawn over 712,000 viewers. Thus, the number of viewers Shri Modi has drawn is about 7 days compares with what President Obama drew in 7 months!

This is precisely why Shri Modi’s Hangout has been seen as nothing less than revolutionary. Not only is he the first Indian public leader to join such a session, it is also for the first time that participants from across the world joined the Hangout. In case of President Obama, those who were asking questions were from various parts of USA (Texas, Detroit, California, Illinois, New Jersey) whereas those who joined Shri Modi on 31st August included people from Tokyo, New York, London and Qatar in the Gulf. Taking communication with the people to the next level, Shri Modi held not one but two Hangout sessions that lasted a little close to 2 hours. President Obama had 5 people join him while Australia PM Julia Gillard’s Hangout lasted for an hour.

The Hangout virtually shot through the glass ceiling on every count. The day of the Hangout saw a record 166,000 clicks of Shri Modi’s website ( More than 70,000 Tweets had poured in as the session was underway. People from 116 countries were glued to their TV’s, desktops and laptops as the Hangout was underway. Infact, writing in Rediff, Rajeev Srinivasan affirmed that in Shri Modi’s hangout he saw traces of what popular American President Ronald Reagan did to the media in terms of going directly to the people surpassing any barriers whatsoever.

Writing in leading news site Niti Central, Kartikeya Tanna wrote that Shri Modi has given the people a cause to celebrate. Firstpost covered the Hangout real time, keeping netizens aware of the action as it unfolded.

Close on the heels of the Hangout, Shri Modi’s Twitter following crossed the 900,000 mark and his Google+ following too shot up substantially. Incidentally, he remains the only Indian public figure to also use Google+ to reach out to well-wishers.

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MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh’s Statement after meeting with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister
June 24, 2021

A discussion with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister has just ended. This has been a very positive effort towards the development and strengthening of democracy in Jammu-Kashmir. The meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere. All the participants expressed their full allegiance to the democracy of India and the Constitution of India.

The Home Minister apprised all the leaders of the improvement in the situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

The Prime Minister listened to every party’s arguments and suggestions with all seriousness and he appreciated the fact that all the people's representatives shared their point of view with an open mind. The Prime Minister laid special emphasis on two important issues in the meeting. He said that we all have to work together to take democracy to the grassroots in Jammu-Kashmir. Secondly, there should be all-round development in Jammu-Kashmir and development should reach every region and every community. It is necessary that there should be an atmosphere of cooperation and public participation.

Hon'ble Prime Minister also pointed out that elections to Panchayati Raj and other local bodies have been successfully held in Jammu-Kashmir. There is improvement in the security situation. About 12,000 crore rupees have directly reached the panchayats after the conclusion of elections. This has accelerated the pace of development in the villages.

The Prime Minister said that we have to approach the next important step related to the democratic process in Jammu-Kashmir i.e. assembly elections. The process of delimitation has to be completed expeditiously so that every region and every section gets adequate political representation in the assembly. It is necessary to give a proper representation to the Dalits, backwards and people living in tribal areas.

There was a detailed discussion in the meeting regarding the participation of everybody in the process of delimitation. All the parties present in the meeting have agreed to participate in this process.

The Prime Minister also emphasized the cooperation of all the stakeholders to take Jammu-Kashmir on the path of peace and prosperity. He said that Jammu-Kashmir is moving out of the vicious circle of violence and moving towards stability. New hope and new confidence have emerged among the people of Jammu-Kashmir.

The PM also said that we will have to work day and night to strengthen this trust and work together to improve this confidence. Today's meeting is an important step for strengthening the democracy and the development and prosperity of Jammu-Kashmir. I thank all the political parties for attending today's meeting.