Right from the early hours of the day, microblogging website Twitter was abuzz with Modi’s debut on live interactive media.
#ModiHangout remained the number one ‘trend’ in India on Friday, meaning that the chief minister was the most talked about topic among Indian twitterati. Modi’s Hangout on Google+ was delayed by nearly one and a half hours because of poor weather which led to satellite link-up problems. Bollywood star Ajay Devgn anchored the event.
The official press communiqué from the state government claims that nearly 20,000 questions were submitted for the Hangout. However, sources in the state government had indicated that there were around 6,500 questions. According to the press release, nearly 4 lakh people visited the Google+ page. After the US president Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Modi was the third politician in the world and the first Indian political leader to have Hangout interaction on Google+.
The subject of the session was “Strong and Glorious India Long Cherished by Swami Vivekananda”.
The questions asked by people were not at all disconcerting for Gujarat’s controversial chief minister. He fielded questions about his views on brain drain, strike at Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki as well as his diet and his half sleeve Kurtas. Modi answered all questions, in a way that would portray him as a visionary leader with a simple living. Of the 6,500 questions asked, there was not a single one that made him uncomfortable.