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Shri Narendra Modi is the most talked about person in India: Facebook

Shri Narendra Modi has been the most talked about person on Facebook, in India, for the year 2013. According to the social networking giant’s top India trends of 2013, Shri Narendra Modi tops the list of the most mentioned person of the year, followed by cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, Apple iconic device iPhone 5s, RBI governor Shri Raghuram Rajan and India’s Mars Mission ‘Mangalyaan’. The popularity index released today by the social networking giant, takes a look at the people, moments and places that mattered the most on Facebook in India in 2013.

A popular icon who promises inspiring leadership, Shri Modi successfully emerged as the most talked about person in 2013, having been the most discussed in conversations happening all over Facebook. This recent acknowledgement of his awe-inspiring virtual presence is proof enough of Shri Modi’s rising popularity, which transcends across the barriers of space and time - from present to the future, and from the real to the virtual. 

The ‘virtual victory’

Social media is changing the way we connect and communicate, and Shri Modi was well ahead of his contemporaries in realizing this, way back in 2009. His joining Twitter then, when few leaders had even thought of being active on that platform, is reflective of the forethought he had in comprehending the importance of social media.

The benchmark for all things progressive and productive, Shri Modi has undeniably become an icon, which inspires ingenuity and efficacy. And this penchant for innovativeness is seen, not only in his governance and leadership, but also in his vision of communicating and collaborating with the masses and classes, one-on-one.

His Facebook connect, which has now set records and created history, boasts of likes from more than 6.8 million members, while in the six months when Shri Modi was appointed the head of the Campaign Committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, his Facebook posts increased by 33% and his Tweets by 141%. His tweets are equally popular, as is evident from the over 2.9 million followers his Twitter account has.

Taking the reach a step forward was the Google+ Hangout that Shri Modi became a part of in August 2012. He scripted history then when he became the first ever Indian leader to join a Google+ Hangout.

Going beyond the world of banners and standees, Shri Modi brought in a radical wave when he enthused the political arena with his blog posts and tweets. His idea of connecting with his constituency and the community, merely at the push of a button, has modernized the Indian political arena. From giving updates on national and international news and sharing information on forthcoming legislations, to interacting with the masses and thereby rendering a platform of grievance redressal, Shri Modi has successfully captured the essence of the virtual medium – that of connecting, communicating and causing change.

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Shri Narendra Modi is the most talked about person in India: Facebook

Shri Modi understood and implemented what no other leader in India could. Envisioning the power of social media, he actively took to a plethora of social media platforms like You Tube, Google+, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Tumblr and Flickr…sharing his thoughts, acknowledging peoples’ active participation and welcoming their ideas for growth and development of the Nation.

Suitably integrating technology with governance, Shri Modi has been amongst the very few leaders in the world to have inspired the people at contributing ideas for the Nation’s development. He connected with people of all ages, and across all walks of life, with his virtual presence. His official website www.narendramodi.in has been another remarkable effort at putting forth the archetypal of good governance. Highlighting the pioneering initiatives of the Gujarat government, along with putting forth promising approaches worth replicating at the national level, the website underscores the awe-inspiring story of Gujarat’s success in the past decade. It also invites visitors to contribute, by sending pictures, writing articles relevant to the society, and communicating their grievances.

Shri Modi surely knows how to connect, to create. The success figures reflecting the good governance he implemented, and the spectacular show of success the BJP witnessed in the recent Assembly Elections, go a long way in corroborating his vision of empowering the people through interaction and the implementation of their ideas.

The virtual way to victory just seems to have begun for Shri Narendra Modi!

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.