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Auto components surge… …and of a popular trade leader A think tank for Chennai Parliament in paralysis... Editor's Notes Recognition to role of NBFCs.... The rise and fall of Annamalai University Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Music happens IPL - no surprise this scam New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Put expensive assets created to use... Wise Presidents Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... EEC at the National Media Centre Fortune 500 review EVM is tamper-proof Silver Years of Madras Musings Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Sweeter prospects for sugar GNS - 100: our first subscriber More tributes to GR West Bengal: mindless malignancy TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Wanted: a second airport for Chennai More Shakti to resource mobilisation... When online building permits work…. CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Maximising the micro pricing … Tough task taking states together Delhi returns to BJP Kinetic Karnataka He continues the focus on social amelioration A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Things happen by accident and not by design... A proud Madrasi Delhi is distant… Quality silica from Neyveli Fortune for Indian Airlines How Air-India loses customs... Nuclear power at the nucleus SoA @ 80 S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS CII projects higher growth… Funding the un-funded All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Banning booze... Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Breaththrough in malaria control Paytm karo... MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... 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Modi storms Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley visit of Prime Minister Modi in September was evocative and brilliant. His address along with the leaders of the IT sector was superb. It contained the specific strengths of India, her needs and the business opportunities offered.

There was also the contrast: Chinese Premier Xi Jinping visited the US about the same time. While the large American software companies rushed to China over the last two decades and built businesses in quick time, these encountered a lot of issues relating to IPR and difficulties of enforcement of legal contracts. There were wide complaints on either side. Large new corporations also succeeded in acquiring big businesses from the US. eg. Lenovo acquiring IBM’s computer hardware business. There are also other corporations that would build huge businesses on the American model (example: Alibaba) and compete with US grants.

The prospect for tapping the large Indian market and the familiarity of the chief executives and senior executives of Silicon Valley companies with India are special advantages.

The Indian diaspora concentrated in the Silicon Valley made the most of Modi’s visit. In a repeat of the Madison Square Garden meet a year ago, the diaspora made the most of the visit of an Indian Prime Minister after 30 years.

Apart from the meeting with the four software luminaries, Modi visited Apple and Tesla Motors. Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated prospects of a manufacturing base in India. At Facebook headquarters, Modi had a town hall meeting with Mark Zuckerberg. In a carefully planned question answer session, Modi responded to questions posed by Zuckerberg and also a few employees of Facebook.

This town hall meeting was a replica of US President’s similar town hall meet in New Delhi last year. Modi chose to respond in Hindi.  He dramatised to the last question by asking Zuckerberg about his mother and turned quite emotional.  One was reminded of superstar Rajnikanth in the Tamil movie Mannan where the song Amma Endru Azhaikadha Uyirillaye became a super hit. Only our Prime Minister didn’t really sing, but was so full of emotion.

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