In a Diwali Milan program at the BJP headquarters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced his concerns about the misuse of artificial intelligence (AI) to create deepfake videos. He emphasized the potential for such videos to trigger unrest in society and urged the media to run a campaign to raise awareness about this issue. PM Modi cited a personal example, referring to a deepfake video of himself doing garba, highlighting the need for caution.
Drawing an analogy with cigarette packets that carry warnings, PM Modi suggested that deepfake videos should also be labeled to alert viewers to their manipulated nature. He expressed worry about the impact of such videos on public perception and societal harmony.
While extending Diwali, Gujarati New Year, and Chhath greetings, PM Modi emphasized the national significance of the Chhath festival, which teaches reverence for both the rising and setting sun.
The Prime Minister also addressed the importance of regular medical check-ups, suggesting that individuals over 40 should undergo routine health examinations. He acknowledged the role of social media in facilitating news verification at the district level.
Expressing gratitude to the media for its support during the Swachch Bharat campaign, PM Modi encouraged the creation of programs focusing on the economies of small cities. Discussing the “vocal for local” initiative, he urged its expansion beyond Diwali diyas.
In an indirect reference to China, PM Modi remarked, “Our Lord Ganesha cannot be one with small eyes,” emphasizing the need for a broader perspective. He reiterated his commitment to transforming India into a developed country and shared insights from his visit to a tribal village in Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol district.