‘No Sleeveless, No Shorts’ For PM Modi’s Visit to Facebook

CALIFORNIA: For Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Facebook on Sunday, founder Mark Zuckerberg, who favours casuals, wore a suit. He was not alone in keeping to a dress code.


An advisory to all Facebook employees suggested “formals and no sleeveless shirts or shorts” for PM Modi’s visit to the headquarters of the social networking giant in Menlo Park. Men were asked to come in formal business wear while the women were asked to attend in “nice dresses”, reports said.

PM Modi wore a shirt and jacket.

Mr Zuckerberg is usually seen in a grey T-shirt, jeans and black hoodie. One of the richest men in the world, the Facebook founder owns many versions of the grey t-shirt and hoodie. When he was asked about his sartorial choice during a Q&A last year, he said he felt like he was not doing his job if “I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life.”

Since Mr Zuckerberg so strongly defends his casuals to work rule, the dress code for his employees raised eyebrows.


  1. Dear readers,

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Facebook Townhall event turned into quite a f(p)un circus on Twitter. The event drew everyone’s attention (except the US media), but on Twitter, the event turned into a rib-tickling, rollicking exhibition!

    Everyone had their eyes set on Modi as he came to San Jose, not just to meet the tech honchos of Silicon Valley, but also to revive the lost information technology sentiment that India once boasted off. However, Twitter is a really funny and pun-ny place. Anti-Bhakts, trolls, haters and all those who weren’t brigading the “Modi, Modi” slogan had a different agenda this time round. For once though, it involved truth-telling about the shameless lobbying about internet.org and the Facebook-ification of #DigitalIndia.


    Mark ZuckerBhakt


    When you’re in US but you’re also addressing an election rally in Patna

    Kejriwal : Modi ji USA se mere liye kya laye ho

    Oh the irony of listening to the PM talking about digital India while we in J&K spent 3 days totally disconnected due to his party & allies.-Former CM Omar Abdullah


    Interestingly no Internet in Kashmir:This is Modi’s ‘Digital India’ which is also coalition partner in the J&K government.

    Modi wake up.Be emotional for your own citizen not Facebook HQ.

    Jai Hind

  2. Dear readers,

    he Indian government has done it again. It seems as if the government doesn’t want to focus on core issues and just wants to create hype, irrespective of the real potential behind some of the programmes. Digital India, for example, is great as a vision. But it needs actual work on the ground. Instead, the government seem to be focussing on getting on board people like Ankit Fadia, who allegedly have questionable technology skills and lack any sort of vision.

    Yes, Ankit Fadia has been appointed as the ambassador for the Digital India programme. Why? We don’t know. Fadia is often dubbed one of the top ethical hackers in the world. Unfortunately, that comes from Fadia’s own camp. A lot of experts in India’s tech community scoff at his claims and call him a charlatan. For example, Charles Assisi of Forbes once wrote a piece in which he acknowledged that he would call Fadia a “charlatan”.


    The “experts” muddy up the water in all departments. That is why experts in IT law advice the government on how to block all porn sites in the country, even though such a thing is not feasible. Then there are government experts in cyber security that probably tell law enforcement authorities that anyone who can go to a folder setting and make changes to see file types is probably a hacker. Or anyone who can scan a Wi-Fi network is probably a threat to the nation’s security.

    For a government department, coming up with something like the draft encryption policy is a matter of shame. Unfortunately, unless the government stops working with the likes of Fadia and instead starts working with real experts, people who have grown up with the web, who understand the digital culture, and deal with the infrastructure that powers it, such draft policy recommendations would keep coming out.

    It won’t be surprise if your personal account is hacked next time in the name of national security by clueless bureaucrats.

    Jai hind

  3. Dear readers,
    Eight uncomfortable questions PM Modi could face in US


    1. You have time and again suspended internet and mobile communication in places like Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir. Is it an experiment in revitalising ancient forms of transmission known since Vedic times?
    2. Your Draft Encryption Policy 2015 has some interesting suggestions for effective control on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Will implementation of this policy change the present position where India makes more government requests to restrict access to Facebook than all other governments put together? Have you shared these policy ideas with other world leaders and can they be developed into a model for universal thought control?
    3. Make in India requires a lot of land, but you have put the Land Acquisition Ordinance on hold because of the Bihar elections. How soon after the elections do you hope to restore it?
    4. When does the Indian government plan to patent and produce Vedic airplanes? Could they be used to clear tribals and Maoists from the land needed for investments in new projects?

    5. You have enlightened the world about plastic surgery practised in India in ancient times. Is there any plan to introduce Vedic plastic surgery in the curriculum of medical colleges?

    6. Ban on beef and other types of meat gives an underhand advantage to Indian meat exporters. Other exporting countries can move the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against India for unfair trade practices. What is your view on this?
    7. If you don’t give Patels reservations in India, can you ask US president Barack Obama to provide a green card quota for Patidars?
    8. Since Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students continue to oppose Gajendra Chauhan as chairperson, why don’t you propose him for Harvard or some other American university? It would suit the global Parivar stratagem.

    Jai hind

  4. Dear readers,

    Massive protests mark Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley
    Diverse communities join hands to counter the Modi PR machine


    Said Virali Modi-Parekh, “Modi talks about Digital India, while ignoring millions of Digital Indians demanding an end to Internet censorship, restrictions on online privacy, and arrests of social media users.” Added Neil Tangri, “Since 2014, the Modi government has tried to shut down Indian civil society organizations, including targeting frontline groups, cracking down thousands of NGOs like Greenpeace India and the Sierra Club, and intimidating journalists who expose inconvenient facts.”

    Jai Hind

    • “Massive protests…” – Shaikh

      Massive protests? Where??? LOL Are you imagining things? LOL May be, you are referring to Kashmeera valley, not Silicaon Valley? heee heee..he..!!

  5. “the dress code for his employees raised eyebrows” – Report.

    Media seems to report on trivial stuff hoping to brew a controversy out of nothing. It’s quite common for companies to issue these directions when foreign dignitaries or top officials visit the campus. Please remember that Sri Modiji is the Prime Minister of India and Mark Zuckerbeg was intelligent enough to respect a nation of 1.2 billion people.

    We should, instead, focus on what they discussed during the event. I had posted a link from Guardian yesterday and it is worth reading even for modi-haters.

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