There are 32 million Non-Resident Indians and PIOs residing outside India. To connect with all of them and to ensure their participation in Indian developmental activities, the Ministry of External Affairs introduced the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. Through this MEA is aiming to provide a platform for NRI to express their perceptions about India and thereby involve them in various developments. Indian Ministry of External Affairs introduced the Pravasi Bharathiya Divas or NRI day in 2000 and from their onwards NRI day is celebrated on every alternative year. MEA has organized Fifteen PBDs have been in various Indian cities
Pravasi Bharathiya Divas (NRI Day) 2021
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is the platform to connect Indian Policymakers and NRI’s. PBD’s enables India to showcase its diplomatic standing with countries with a large Diaspora population. Started in 2000, this biennial event is sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industries and the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. MEA organizes the PBD Conferences every other year in any Indian city with NRIs and other stakeholders. Even the concept of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) was launched during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention at Hyderabad in 2006.
Why NRI Day on January 09?
Indian celebrates the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas or NRI day on January 09 bilingual. But why MEA the organizer selected January 09? On January 09, 1915, is when Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa. To commemorate his return, Ministry of External Affairs has chosen January 09 to be celebrated as Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (Non-Resident Indian Day) in the year 2000.
The very first PBD convention was organized in 2003 at New Delhi. Considering the health emergency, MEA has decided to go virtual for this year’s events. The PBD convention as well as the preceding PBD Conferences will be streamed live across the External Affairs Ministry’s virtual platforms to enable every Indian and Diaspora member to engage and participate in the PBD Celebrations.
The theme of Pravasi Bharathiya Diwas 2021 is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.
Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2021 Quiz
- Who started Pravasi Bharatiya Divas?
Ans: Jaswant Singha
- Who is the first individual of non-Indian heritage to address the PBD celebrations?
Ans: Canadian Minister Jason Kenney (2013)
- What is the theme for the 2021 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas?
Ans: Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat
- Which city hosted the very first Pravasi Bharathiya Diwas (PBD) Conference?
Ans: New Delhi
- When did the Overseas Citizen of India card launch?
Ans: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention 2006 at Hyderabad
- Which city hosted the very first Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conferences (RPBD)?
Ans: New York
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