Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2022: The day aims to strengthen the abroad Indian community’s participation with the Indian government and reunite them with their heritage. Let’s look into Pravasi Bhartiya Divas and the convention.
PBD 2022: On 9 January, the Overseas Indian community’s contribution to India’s progress is celebrated. In 1915, Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa. He helped India win independence and transformed Indians’ lives forever.
Pravasi Bhartiya Divas allows the government to communicate with the diaspora community.
Since 2003, PBD holds annual conventions. Its framework has been updated since 2015 to mark PBD every two years and organize theme-based conferences involving diaspora specialists, policymakers, and stakeholders. PBD honors the Overseas Indian community’s commitment to India’s progress.
PBD Convention is the Ministry of External Affairs’ flagship event and gives a forum to engage with overseas Indians. 2020-2021 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees named. The Awards recognized the achievements and services of select Indian diaspora members in India and abroad.
Despite COVID-19, the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention was held on 9 January 2021.
About the 2021 PBD Convention
The virtual convention’s theme was “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat.” Narendra Modi opened PBD’s three-part convention. Suriname’s President, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, also spoke. Online Bharat ko Janiye Quiz winners were also announced.
Two Plenary sessions followed the opening. External Affairs Minister and Commerce and Industry Minister spoke on Diaspora Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Minister of Health and Minister of State for External Affairs spoke on Facing Post-Covid Challenges – Scenario in Health, Economy, Social, and International Relations.
The President gave his Valedictory Address at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Valedictory Session.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports hosted a virtual Youth PBD on 8 January 2021 with the subject “Bringing together Young Achievers from India and Indian Diaspora.” New Zealand’s Minister for Community & Voluntary Sector, Priyanka Radhakrishnan, was the special guest.
At January 2019, it was celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, to honor the Indian Diaspora for sharing their experience and wisdom.
Why is Jan. 9 NRI Day?
On 9 January 1915, Mahatma Gandhi came to India from South Africa and spearheaded India’s Freedom Struggle, freeing the country from British domination. He altered the lives of Indians and showed that with clear goals, anyone can achieve anything. As a Pravasi or Non-Resident Indian, he represents change and growth in India.
The Indian government says NRI has worldwide business and development exposure. If given the chance, they’ll contribute to India’s progress by sharing their ideas and experiences.
First Non-Resident Indian Day was observed on January 9, 2003. Since 2015, PBD is celebrated every two years with theme-based conferences. Every two years since then. Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2019 was held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on 21-23 January.
January 2021: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day
“Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat” was the 16th PBD Convention’s theme.
“Role of Indian Diaspora in Building a New India” was the 2019 PBD Convention theme.
NRI Day, January 2021: Chief Guest
Narendra Modi opened PBD’s Convention. Suriname’s President, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, also spoke.
Chief Guest was Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. Himanshu Gulati, a Norwegian MP, was the Special Guest and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, a New Zealand MP, was the Guest of Honor during the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 21 January 2019.
PBSA is the highest honor for overseas Indians. The President of India presents this award at the 2003 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conventions.
Note: Non-Resident Indian or Person of Indian Origin who has made important contributions.
PBD/NRI Day facts
- New Delhi hosted most of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
- Outside India, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is held. To connect Indian Diaspora who can’t attend the main event. 8 cities are involved.
- 2015 celebrated 100 years after Gandhi’s return. PBD 2015 was symbolic.
- PBD is crucial to India’s development. Because Diaspora Indians will share their knowledge and experiences.
- The PBD Chief Host is usually foreign.
- Union Government celebrates PBD with a theme.
- PBD is no longer an annual event since 2015.
- At PBD’s convention, meritorious people are awarded.
- PBD connects the Indian Diaspora.
- PBD commemorates Gandhi’s return.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day is observed to link the Indian Diaspora, remember the achievements of Indians abroad, and encourage them to return home with their knowledge and experience.