- September 14, 2020
- Posted by: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
- Categories: PBD India, The Event, Theme
Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas Or Non-Resident Indian Day
This ceremony was initiated to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in the year 1915 and to honour his contributions as an NRI towards the independence movement in India against the Britishers and gaining victory. The first event was held on 2003 and is being continued till date to mark the contributions of non-resident Indians for the country.
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The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) Convention
The 15th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (Non-Resident Indian Day) was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dindayal Hastakala Sankul in Varanasi in the presence of Prime Minister of Mauritius, H.E. Pravind Jugnauth, who was the chief guest of the PBD convention. Mr. Himanshu Gulati, Member of Parliament of Norway, was the Special Guest while Mr. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Member of Parliament of New Zealand was the Guest of Honor at the 15th edition of PBD.
Day 1 Event
Joint Inauguration of Youth PBD and Uttar Pradesh State PBD followed by Interaction with Banaras Hindu University Students (Banaras Hindu University Campus) which gave an opportunity to the Diasporas to connect with new India.
Dinner hosted by Shri Chetan Chouhan, Minister of State for Sports & Youth Welfare for youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas participants. The day concluded with a cultural programme, showcasing dance and music of Uttar Pradesh and finally, a dinner hosted by Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Day 2 Event
Inauguration followed by a session, addressing Role of Indian Diaspora in capacity building for affordable solar power. The Prime Minister spoke about the International Solar Alliance is a step towards One World, One Sun, and One Grid which would contribute in making India an economic powerhouse. PM Modi was affirmative that Indian Diaspora plays an important role India’s development at various levels such as political, social, cultural, etc.
Day 3 Event
Valedictory Session & PBS Awards
With the tagline of “Help Is Just One Tweet Away” used frequently by Minister of External Affairs Suhsma Swaraj, the contributions of community organizations overseas have played a crucial role in rescuing Diasporas in distress. The Minister also lauded the role that diaspora has played in shaping world’s perception of Indians and of India alike. He invited the diaspora to join hands to build a new country through research and innovation.
Day 4 Event
After the Convention, participants visited Prayagraj to witness the Kumbh Mela, which is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims to take a dip in holy river.
Day 5 Event
Shuttle arrangement for participants to travel from Prayagraj to Delhi to witness the 70th Republic Day Event.
Day 6 Event
Special passes were arranged for the foreign delegates of Pravasi Bharatia Diwas 2019 to witness the Republic Day Parade.
Role Of Indian Diaspora In Building New India
India has always been affected by the rate of migrations of Indians in order to pursue their career, professions, better remunerations, and many other provisions. There are multiple efforts been drawn towards addressing this concern by developing home-grown institutions for quality education, collaborating with different MNCs to provide working facilities and various other fronts in science, technology to retain the skilled youth from leaving. Apart from these attempts, the advent of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas has also given many platforms for the Indians outside of the country to stay connected with their roots and contribute to their homeland. And we have seen a huge impact through such programs where these NRIs are recognized via various awards in their fields of expertise which has helped the country and organizations that are actively providing aid to their fellow Indians in cases of transgressions. These Indians also help in broadening the perception of Indian cultures and values among their new fellow countrymen. We have seen a significant impact because of these engagements with the Indian Diasporas in the past years that the face of India in terms of political, cultural or social recognition around the world is changing.
The 15th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas has seen a great success after our government’s various endeavours in engaging with Indians all over the world and helping them stay connected with their roots.