On 9th January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention in Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD) is a biennial event held in January, to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi to India from South Africa on 9th January 1915. This day marks the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the country’s development.
According to Prime Minister Modi, time is ripe when the Indian diaspora can play a significant role as the nation’s brand ambassador as today the world is looking to India with hope and faith.
He said the NRIs, Person of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs) are the ambassadors of India around the world.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi also inaugurated the first-ever digital PBD Exhibition on the theme "Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav - Contribution of Diaspora in Indian Freedom Struggle” to highlight the contribution of our diaspora freedom fighters in India’s Independence.
- PBD is held every two years to strengthen the engagement of overseas Indian community with India and reconnect them with their roots.
- The three-day conference is being held under the theme “Diaspora: Reliable partners for India’s progress in Amrit Kaal”. During the Pravasi Bhartiya conference Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is conferred by the governement.
- During the convention, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is conferred by the President of India on selected overseas Indians (Non-Resident Indian, Person of Indian Origin or an organization or institution established and run by the Non-Resident Indians or Persons of Indian Origin).
- The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award has been constituted by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India in conjunction with the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-Resident Indian Day).
- First PBD Convention was organised on 9 January 2003.