Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be making his second visit to India this month. On his visit he will be hosting the Townhall Q&A in India’s prestigious technical institute IIT, Delhi on October 28. Zuckerberg has made this announcement on his personal verified Facebook page and mentioned “I’m looking forward to hearing directly from one of our most active and engaged communities.”
Exactly one month earlier, he had organized similar Townhall with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India in Facebook’s Headquarters in California. Modi and Zuckerburg discussed on how connecting people can resolve social issues and can benefit the community at large.
Ever thought why this young CEO is so focussed on India and India is becoming a much larger part of Facebook growth story? Fact is more than 125 million users of its global user base of 1.44 billion are only from India, just second to US. With Digital India program this is set to increase much more. And due to this only Mark Zuckerburg had painted his photo with India tri-color in support of Digital India program. So Indian market for facebook is pretty much important and has been at the centre of strategy.
The other reason behind Zuckerburg visiting India is the spiritual part of the story. He had visited Kanchii, a small picturesque town near Nanital, last time when he was in India, ashram of Neeb Karori Baba, was where he stayed for 2 days. This ashram has seen visits by many tech honchos, which includes like of Steve Jobs.
So for Zuckerburg, visit to India happens to be a business as well as spiritual visit. As India also needs support to execute the development programs and use of technology to ensure that benefit reaches to the last mile in India villages, these connection with technology major is required.