In a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the United States, Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter and CEO of Tesla, expressed his interest in exploring significant investments in India.
Elon Musk, known as one of the wealthiest individuals globally, revealed that Modi had been encouraging him to invest in India, and he affirmed his intention to do so while determining the optimal timing.
Over the past few years, New Delhi has actively welcomed and attracted top global investors and companies, including tech giants like Google and Apple.
This trend has been reinforced by the COVID-19 pandemic, as companies sought to diversify their supply chains away from China and leverage India’s vast domestic market.
Narendra Modi, who met Elon Musk shortly after his arrival from India on a state visit, expressed his satisfaction with the encounter, describing it as a “great meeting” in New York.
Modi took to Twitter, stating that their discussions covered various topics, ranging from energy to spirituality.
Elon Musk, in turn, professed his admiration for Modi, emphasizing his excitement about India’s future. According to him, India holds more promise than any other large country in the world.
However, Musk has faced criticism from free speech advocates due to allegations that Twitter complied with the Indian government’s requests to remove critical posts.
India’s government has faced accusations of democratic regression, including limitations on free speech and insufficient actions to combat attacks on journalists and minority groups.
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently revealed that the platform had faced sustained pressure from Indian officials during his tenure.
Indian information technology minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar dismissed Dorsey’s claims as baseless and accused Twitter of recurrent violations of local laws.
Twitter reported that India ranked fourth globally in terms of government requests to remove content, trailing behind Japan, Russia, and Turkey.
Elon Musk’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sparked discussions of potential major investments in India.
Despite concerns raised regarding Twitter’s compliance with the Indian government, Musk expressed his optimism and enthusiasm for India’s future prospects.