Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed his support for PM Modi’s Digital India initiative, with a profile picture change emblazoned with the Indian tri-colour, ahead of his townhall meeting with the Indian Prime Minister on Sunday.


Zuckerberg in a status update that accompanied the profile picture change said, “I changed my profile picture to support Digital India, the Indian government’s effort to connect rural communities to the internet and give people access to more services online. Looking forward to discussing this with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Facebook today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take questions at a town hall event at the social network’s sprawling headquarters in Menlo Park near San Francisco. PM Modi is the first head of government to be hosted at the Facebook campus.

Live Streaming of Facebook Townhall with Modi shall be made on Facebook newsroom itself.

The Indian Prime Minister continues his Silicon Valley tour on Sunday with visits to Facebook and Google Inc headquarters before an event at the San Jose Convention Center that 18,000 people are expected to attend.

The Indian Prime Minister is eager to bring bigger technology investments and jobs back to India to help its growing startup scene. He has also sought to encourage some Indians who have thrived around Silicon Valley to bring their knowledge back home.

Much of his visit, which began Saturday, has also focused on connecting with the Indian diaspora community in Silicon Valley.

On Saturday, he attended a dinner with 350 business leaders where Indian-born CEOs Satya Nadella of Microsoft Corp, Google Inc’s Sundar Pichai and Shantanu Narayen of Adobe Systems Inc moderated a panel.


Popular Bollywood numbers are played to keep the predominantly Indian crowd entertained for the hour before the PM reaches the venue.

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