Zuckerberg with India’s PM Narendra Modi at Facebook in Menlo Park, California, US, in 2015. Making friends already? Source: AP

India’s PM touts social media, tech development in Facebook visit

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called social media a powerful tool for democracy and touted his goals for developing India’s tech economy during a “town hall” meeting hosted Sunday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the headquarters of the world’s largest social network.

Responding to a question, Modi also vowed to improve education for girls and expand opportunities for women in his country.

Modi got a warm welcome from about 1,000 people at the Facebook event, many of them Indian immigrants and tech workers.

The hour-long session came during a whirlwind tour of Silicon Valley that included meetings with the CEOs of Apple and Google.

The prime minister wass scheduled to speak later at a rally that’s expected to draw 18,000 people to a sports arena in downtown San Jose.