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Modi to address Google summit, interact with Eric Schmidt

PTI  Ahmedabad, March 20, 2013
First Published: 02:43 IST(20/3/2013) | Last Updated: 16:04 IST(20/3/2013)

Narendra Modi is the only chief minister from India to be invited to address the Google Big Tent Activate Summit 2013 on March 21 through Google+ Hangout on the theme Technology in Politics.

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Before delivering the address, Modi will be interacting with Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google Inc through Google+ Hangout, a state government release said on Tuesday.

Besides Schmidt, Alan Rusbridger, the editor-in-chief of British newspaper The Guardian and Stephanie Cutter, who served as the deputy firector in US President Barrack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, will also be participating in the summit.

"Modi is the only CM from India to be invited to speak at the summit which focuses on the influence of web in shaping India's future, in areas of business and economics, politics and governance, culture and media, and education," according to the release.


Chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, laughs during a BJP National Council two day meeting in New Delhi. AFP/Raveendran

Big Tent summits are hosted by Google and they bring together the finest minds, political leaders, thinkers to talk about a variety of issues, the release said.

Such summits have been held across the world including in New York City, London, Berlin, Madrid, Nairobi, Moscow and Seoul.


Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., speaks during the CEO Summit during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Honolulu, Hawaii. AFP/Emmanuel Dunand

Tech-savvy Modi, who has been active on social media, has around 13 lakh followers on the Twitter.

Earlier, for the first time in August 2012, the Gujarat chief minister had interacted with the people via Google Hangout.


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