Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday voiced his concerns against the usage of cyberspace as a source to spread hatred and bigotry by terrorists and hackers and asserted that “technology should be harnessed as a tool for development, not destruction”.
The prime minister also emphasised the importance of assimilating technology with governance to ensure equitable growth and prosperity for all and drew attention to the role technology was playing in India’s development.
“On the other side we are investing large portion of money, time and resources on missiles and bombs. We must use technology as a means to development, not destruction,” he said while addressing a gathering at the World Government Summit in his plenary address in Dubai. It was attended by dignitaries of as many as 140 countries.
Hailing India’s satellite programme, Modi said the cost of the Mars orbital programme is just Rs 7 per kilometre. “If you take a cab in India, you may pay Rs 10. But the cost of India’s access to Mars is just Rs 7 per kilometre,” he told the gathering.
Modi told the audience that India is aspiring to assume leadership position in Artificial Intelligence, Nano technology, cybersecurity and cloud computing.
“We are living in the world of inter-linked, inter-connected and inter-dependent. To a great extent, our problems and their solutions are undividable. This is certain that we will have to work together to find the solution of problems that may arise in the coming decades before the world. And technology will play a big role in that,” he added.
Modi hailed the use of technology by the Dubai government, saying a desert has been transformed. “It’s a miracle,” he said, describing the Gulf emirate as an example for the world.
The Prime Minister said that sometimes mankind not only uses technology as an instrument to conquer nature but also makes the mistake of fighting it. “For the future of mankind, we should not fight with nature but find a way to co-exist. The cost is very high,” he said.
He noted that challenges like poverty, unemployment, education, housing and human catastrophes can be overcome through development with the right use of technology.
“Technology has become a big medium of global change. It has empowered the common man via minimum government, maximum governance. In E-governance, the E stands for effective, efficient, easy, empower, and equity,” Modi said.
On the first leg of his trip to three West Asian countries, PM Modi had travelled to Ramallah, becoming the first Indian prime minister to make an official visit to Palestine. From there he visited the UAE, before arriving in Oman.
(With PTI inputs)
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