The Non-Resident Indian Day or also known as the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is celebrated every year on 9th January every year. The aim of the event is to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots. On the occasion of 2022 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD), Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan will speak at a virtual youth PBD conference on the “role of Indian diaspora” in innovation and new technology.
History and Significance:
On 9 January 1915, Mahatma Gandhi came to India from South Africa and became the greatest Pravasi who led India’s Freedom Struggle and made India free from British or colonial rule. As a Non-Resident Indian or Pravasi, he is presented as a symbol of a change and development that could bring into India.
According to the Indian Government, NRIs have global exposure in terms of business and development strategies around the world. If some opportunity is provided to them, they will contribute to the developmental process by infusing their ideas and experiences on their motherland i.e. India.
Some Key Facts of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas:
- Its objective is to provide an open platform for NRIs to express their feelings, outlooks and perceptions about India.
- To create a network of NRIs in all the countries of the world and connect the younger generation with immigrants.
- On this day, the government puts a focus on reconnecting overseas Indians with their roots so that they can contribute significantly to the development of the country.
- Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is held in New Delhi.
- Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is organised outside India.
- 2015 marked 100 years of the return of Mahatma Gandhi.
- At the convention of PBD, awards are given to the deserving ones.
- PBD’s main aim is to connect the Indian Diaspora.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Union Minister of External Affairs: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.