To say this last week has been amazing is an overstatement. In fact, it was like any other, boring. But there was this one thing I personally loved.
Narendra Modi’s interactive session with Mark Zuckerberg.
If you don’t know Mark Zuckerberg, I don’t blame you. He’s a pretty busy man, and just the founder of Facebook, the world’s largest social networking website that you’re likely a part of.
But if you don’t know Narendra Modi, I can only imagine that you are living underground cutting off all the ties from the real world as you are preparing for the zombie apocalypse. You can’t not know him. No matter who you are, there’s a great chance he’s already visited your head of government, or at least sent a tweet to your head of the government in your national language.
So, for Indians, this session was broadcast on Sunday night at around 10:30. Like most Indians, I am on Facebook, and unlike most of them, I watched it.
So, apparently, on Mark’s Facebook post a few hours before the session garnered over 40,000 responses and queries. When he told that, well, I was pretty excited, and was hoping for a little lengthy but a nice session.
It started off. Obviously, most of the audience were Indians, and Modi felt like he was at home and pretty much glided through the session. It was all the same old stuff, Make In India, women empowerment, what schemes he had in mind for the future and stuff like that.
And then came that question which made the world go, “Awwww…..”. Especially after that sappy tear jerking ending to the answer which marked the end of the session. That question is one I’m not even going to discuss, because it was asked way too early into the session.
Here’s the thing: When someone like the head of the largest democracy in the world goes to a company that connects over a billion accounts (there are fake accounts too, so people doesn’t seem like the right word), you expect something new and interesting from it. And those expectations are perfectly justified. But what we, or rather,
I received was nothing but a quick sticky notes version of what he’s been saying for a couple of years now.
Somehow, everything makes no sense. What was the point of that entire thing? I find it weird that a guy whose nation wants net neutrality is now friends with a company that doesn’t support it.
But then again, I haven’t been sleeping well for a week now, so I’m going to go and sleep.