Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a firm believer in the power of technology. An avid user of technology himself, Mr. Modi views technology as something that is easy, effective and economical, combining speed, simplicity and service. It makes work quicker, simplifies processes as well as systems and it is a brilliant way to serve the people. Mr. Modi is of the firm belief that technology is the best means to empower the less empowered and to make governance more transparent.

Since taking office in May 2014 the Prime Minister has sought to increase the usage of technology in the working of the Government. He launched the Digital India initiative, an all-encompassing programme, to invigorate the working of the government with latest technology and provide solutions to people’s problems through the power of technology. The Prime Minister has started a unique initiative PRAGATI a technology based multi-purpose and multi-nodal platform where projects are monitored and people’s problems are addressed. On the last Wednesday of every month, the Prime Minister himself sits down with top officials during the PRAGATI sessions and covers substantial ground in a wide range of sectors. This has made a very positive difference.

The Government of India is scaling up its technological usage to provide better health and education facilities to the people of India. Crores of Indian farmers have been receiving agriculture related information through SMS. The Cabinet cleared the Scheme of Promotion of National Agriculture Market through Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund. Regulated markets across India will be integrated with common e-platform. Farmers & traders can thus get opportunities to purchase & sell agricultural commodities at optimal prices in a transparent manner.

In July 2014 the Prime Minister launched MyGov, a portal that uses the Internet to make the citizen a key part of governance and policy making. On MyGov various ministries and departments seek inputs on areas pertaining to their work. The Prime Minister has used MyGov time and again, be it for his monthly radio programme, ‘Mann Ki Baat’ or other occasions.

During his USA visit in September 2015 Shri Modi visited Silicon Valley, where he met several leading technology CEOs. He visited the Facebook HQ and joined a widely viewed Townhall Q&A session during which he answered questions on diverse range of issues. He also visited the Google office where he was shown the technological innovations being done there. At a Digital India dinner that was attended by the leading stalwarts of the technology world, he listed out the Government’s vision of a Digital India. The Tech CEOs, from Satya Nadella to Sundar Pichai lauded the efforts of the Government to create a digitally empowered society in India. During the visit Shri Modi met start-up entrepreneurs, who are using technology in a major way. Mr. Elon Musk also gave him a tour of Tesla Motors. Mr. Modi and Mr. Musk discussed how technology can aid development, particularly in rural areas and in agriculture.

The Prime Minister has held wide deliberations on technological cooperation whenever he travels overseas. During the India-Africa Summit, the Prime Minister listed ways through which India will help Africa in the field of technology.

On the personal side as well, those who know Mr. Modi will recall his love for technology. He is one of the most active world leaders on social media with a digital presence spanning across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. He has used social media to engage with people and seek inputs from them. He has used social media to make a positive difference, be it by asking people to share selfies with their daughters or by requesting people to share their glimpses of Incredible India.

Mr. Modi is also placing great emphasis on m-governance or mobile governance. He has his own Mobile App, the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’ that is available on Apple and Android phones. Through the App you can receive latest news, updates and connect with Mr. Modi.

Thus, Mr. Modi is working tirelessly and determinately to create an India where 1.25 billion Indians are connected with technology and engage in technology-driven innovation. He is working to connect India through digital highways and to make the netizen an empowered citizen.

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His core remains rooted in ground realities. His practical knowledge emanates from the earthy wisdom that forms the bedrock of Indian civilisation.

One wonders how one of the most powerful men in the world, dealing with numerous important decisions at any given point of time, still finds time to share a piece of his life’s collected wisdom with children. He has, in the truest sense, been a guide and a mentor, giving booster shots of confidence, year after year, to students preparing for exams.

Pariksha Pe Charcha has become a breath of fresh air for students. With everyone around them in a deep frenzy about exams, results, and a career, Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes across as a man with a sense of balance and farsightedness. The life lessons he distils for children come from his lived experiences.

Be it the PM’s memory hack of involving, internalising, associating and visualising a lesson than just trying to memorise it, or his formula for parents to not only stay young but also reduce the generation gap — these are things he has observed in his vast experience of living all across India. It seems simple but is actually the result of a lifetime spent observing human behaviour. The way Modi is able to observe routine interactions and bring out such insightful lessons from them is extraordinary.

During Pariksha Pe Charcha 2021, in order to allay the fear of a student regarding difficult subjects or questions during exams, PM Modi took a leaf out of his own book. He said instead of running away from tough topics, why not take them head-on first thing in the morning? As chief minister of Gujarat and now as prime minister, he applies the same principle to his daily routine, he said. Anything that requires extra effort or seems complicated, he picks up first thing in the morning with a fresh mind. What he finds easy and has a marginal scope of error, he leaves for later. This goes against our usual instinct of picking up what is easy first and then moving on to difficult parts. But it could be because we are instinctively scared to deal with hard tasks and are more likely to procrastinate or sit on them indefinitely.

The examples he quotes give an insight into a man who has risen to the top, but only after going through his fair share of struggles and disappointments and eventually finding a way through. This is the reason there is an instant connect people feel with him as he dissects human behaviour and motivations at a deeper level.

Take, for instance, his answer when a seemingly distressed parent from Punjab asked PM Modi how to ensure that kids do what is expected of them without having to run behind him. This is, in fact, a common refrain among parents, often leading to children withdrawing into their shell or acting out in a way that bewilders parents. But the PM’s reply to the question gave enough food for thought to parents regarding where the problem emanates from.

Instead of realising a child’s unique potential, parents try to box them into pre-existing societal norms and structures. He rightly pointed out that we tend to neglect an extremely important step — training the mind towards self-motivated action. Training cannot take place in isolation. It is part of a child’s daily experience at home. By introducing children to the benefits of inculcating a habit in creative ways instead of constant nagging, parents can lay the ground for moulding their mind in a certain way. This opens up the possibility of a child feeling motivated enough to make it a part of his routine. This would not only save parents’ energy but also create a positive, more open environment for children to engage with parents without feeling stressed or threatened.

Often, to have such insights into a child’s mind, one has to be a child psychologist or someone who has children of his or her own. But PM Modi does not belong to either of these two categories. Yet, his knowledge is not derived from books, but is earned through a lifetime of lived experience, especially from his pre-CM days, when he travelled extensively all across his state and the country. His discernment of human behaviour is reflective of having spent a considerable amount of time studying families closely.

Despite holding the highest office in the country and enjoying wide-scale popularity that is achieved once in a century, PM Modi does not indulge in impractical grandstanding or complicated jargon. Even after being at the centre of the most powerful circle of people, he has a rare ability to think like a person who’s a part of every family in India.

His core remains rooted in ground realities. His voice is the voice of a common man. His values are reflective of the best values of any average Indian family. His practical knowledge emanates from the earthy wisdom that forms the bedrock of Indian civilisation.