HIGHLIGHTS:

  • PM Modi added that openness is the biggest strength of democracy but cautioned against “few vested interests” misusing the openness
  • PM Narendra Modi asserted that India is developing the world’s most extensive public information infrastructure
  • The Prime Minister emphasized five “important transitions” occurring in the country

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the digital age has redefined politics, economy, and society thereby raising new questions on sovereignty, governance, ethics, law, rights, and security. PM Modi made the statement while delivering a keynote at The Sydney Dialogue. He added that openness is the biggest strength of democracy but cautioned against “few vested interests” misusing the openness.

The Prime Minister emphasized five “important transitions” occurring in the country as he elaborated on India’s technology evolution and revolution at the three-day event conducted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. The transitions involve India’s investment in establishing indigenous capabilities in telecoms like 5G and 6G.

PM Narendra Modi asserted that India is developing the world’s most extensive public information infrastructure. He continued that more than 1.3 billion Indians have a unique digital identity. Underlining the fast-growing Startup Ecosystem of India. He said that new unicorns are coming up every few weeks which provide the solution to everything ranging from health and education to national security.

He voiced, “India’s IT talent helped to create the global digital economy. It helped cope with the Y2K problem. It has contributed to the evolution of technologies and services we use in our daily lives.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address was preceded by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s remarks where he hailed that Australia and India share a deep friendship.

The initiative is eyeing at bringing together political, business, and government leaders to “debate, generate new ideas and work towards common understandings of the opportunities and challenges posed by emerging and critical technologies.”

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