Saturday, July 31, 2021

Stunned Days: Mark Zuckerberg Visits IIT Delhi

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If you’re still living under a rock, let me tell you what this post is all about. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has visited “Taj Mahal” (not the hotel, doofus! The monument) and is apparently stunned by the beauty of it.

Mark Zuckerberg Visits IIT Delhi

Now is the time for a little irony! We Indians have always been stunned by these individuals, and they have been stunned by our places and their breathtaking beauty. So yeah! The IIT Delhi peeps are going berserk at their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of meeting MARK ZUCKERBERG (okay, let’s face it! They’re from IIT, but not all 900 of them are getting hired by Facebook). So yeah, he’s visiting, and he’s stunned, and the students who’re lucky enough to fit in the town hall are stunned; the ones who, indeed, lost by sheer luck are stunned and of course, how can we forget, the media is stunned because Facebook very rarely invites media’s attention for such things. But it is, and we’re jealous. Not stunned, jealous.


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A few weeks back, our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, had flown off to the US to meet the CEO of Facebook, and both of them had a long conversation that was both emotional and intellectual. Business like? VIP like? Yes! So, our Prime Minister had revealed about his past and his mother, about the importance of women in the future of his country, any country at that, and how much hard work has taken to be where he is today.

So, what’s the thing with Mark Zuckerberg visiting IIT Delhi? Our CEO’s version was no less interesting. His doubts about his social networking site, his conversation with the late Apple founder and CEO (Steve Jobs, because you came to know about Wozniak after watching Jobs, and also, he’s not dead), and his spiritual journey to India to understand how connecting with people was important and how his work needs to ensure that happens every single day at his organization.

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Now let’s get to the real point of their conversation. It was about the role of technology and the internet in India. India, especially the rural part of it, needs to be made familiar with the technologies, providing them the basic internet facilities for their betterment, Facebook’s support of Digital India, and yes, Internet.org.

Mark Zuckerberg Visits IIT Delhi

The Q&A session seems to be pointing exactly in the direction Facebook has been planning for months. As India seemingly has the second largest population using Facebook, its ideas for the country are an enormous platform for its new ventures. The IIT Delhi students have literally been picked up with the help of a lottery.

The team of Facebook is conducting everything. It is said that there are hardly any banners on the campus regarding these, and still, the campus seems to be abuzz with it. As covered by most of the Indian dailies, the session will involve a 15-minute monologue by our CEO followed by an hour-long session of answering the questions raised by the students. Sheer luck will play a big factor here too.

So that’s it. That’s all about his visit for now, and you can have your imaginations running wild about what it might or might not mean as I choose not to have a say about this. Actually, I do, but I choose not to voice it because “My choice.”

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-Apurva Jain

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