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India no longer land of ‘snake charmers’ - ‘Youth surprised world with its IT skills’

NEW DELHI, Aug 17, (AFP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said a “digital India” could compete with the world and hailed its IT professionals for banishing the country’s image as a land of snake charmers and black magic. Modi said India had transformed itself through strides taken by its information technology outsourcing sector.

But more still has to be done to get India digitally connected through the Internet and tap other technologies, he said. “Some 25 to 30 years ago, the world used to think we are a land of snake charmers and black magic.

But our youth has surprised the world with its IT skills,” he said. “I dream of a digital India. It was once said railways connects India. Today I say IT connects India ... I fully believe a digital India can compete with the world.” In February, Indian Satya Nadella was appointed Microsoft’s chief executive in an endorsement of home-grown talent that has risen to the top of the US corporate world. Modi, a tech-savvy politician who is immensely popular on Facebook and Twitter, said India must use Internet to reach out to each of its 1.2 billion people.

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