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IT can take India directly to 21st century: Obama

Mumbai: US President Barack Obama got a first hand account of how information technology (IT) has revolutionised life in rural India, and said this technology would help India directly leapfrog into the 21st century.

“India may be in a position to leapfrog, avoiding 20th century straightaway into the 21st century. I look forward to the day you will be a model for countries around the world,” he told villagers of Kanpura near Ajmer while interacting with them from Mumbai through video conference.

After a short introduction by National Knowledge Commission chairman Sam Pitroda, Obama spoke to the villagers who shared the benefits of broadband penetration – from online medical consultation, education and local e-governance.

The President expressed happiness about the progress being made with the aid of IT. “Here is a good news. In the US, we are trying to do the same thing.”

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