US President Barack Obama has used innovative video conferencing to connect with a remote village during his recent trip to India, says the Washington Post.
Throughout his journey around Mumbai and New Delhi, Obama has been criticised for ignoring rural parts of India. Fighting back against this criticism, Barack has connected with the farmers in Kanpura, Rajasthan using a dedicated video conferencing facility at St Xavier’s College Mumbai. They discussed the technological advances of the village, including their use of Y-Wax technology, and the solar energy project they have planned to allow the village to become “…more self-reliant”.
After greeting the villagers with their traditional greeting, ‘Namaste’, Obama continued to congratulate them on their advancements, calling them a ‘model to other nations’, according to one India.
“I want to congratulate all of you for doing this terrific work. I look forward to watching this terrific experiment continue to expand.” said Obama.
The villagers spoke to Obama about the benefits of having video conferencing in their lives, such as the ability to communicate with far-reaching health officers.
The Washington Post claims that only 5% of India has access to the internet, but that this is set to rise, thanks to several Government video conferencing projects in progress. Speaking to the Indian Parliament, Obama praised their work, particularly in “…delivering Education and healthcare services to rural communities.”, says one India. He also backed the Parliament’s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Obama continues his tour of Asia, having completed his 3-day trip to India.