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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS UNBROKEN JOURNEY SINCE 2003

pbd129th January is recognized as the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, as it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa to launch what eventually became India’s successful freedom struggle and inspiration to overseas Indians and people under colonial rule all over the world. The day is celebrated every year as part of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention. The PBD is the flagship event of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.

PBD Conventions provide a platform for exchange of views and networking to the Persons of Indian Origin on matters of common interest. These Conventions assist the Government of India to better understand the expectations of the Overseas Indians from the land of their ancestors and to acknowledge their role in India’s all round development and its efforts to acquire its rightful place in the comity of nations. Formation of a separate Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in 2004 is a testimony to the importance attached by the Government of India towards the well-being of the persons of Indian Origin and their close affinity with India.

As per the recommendation of High Level Committee on Indian Diaspora (HLCID), the Government of India decided to celebrate ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ in recognition and appreciation of the constructive, economic and philanthropic role played by the Indian Diaspora, on the 9th day of January every year. January 9 has been named as Pravasi Bharatiya Divas since it was on this day that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi returned to India in 1915.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention is the flagship event of the Ministry organized every year since January 2003, with a view to connect India to its vast Indian diaspora and bringing their knowledge, expertise and skills on a common platform.

Source : MOIA.

Twelve PBDs have been held earlier in various places of India so far as follows:

YEAR
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

DATES
9-11 January,2003
9-11 January,2004
7-9 January, 2005
7-9 January, 2005
7-9 January, 2005
7-9 January, 2005
7-9 January, 2005
7-9 January, 2005
7-9 January, 2005
7-9 January, 2005
7-9 January, 2005
7-9 January, 2005
7-9 January, 2015

VENUES
New Delhi
New Delhi
Mumbai
Hyderabad
New Delhi
New Delhi
Chennai
New Delhi
New Delhi
Jaipur
Kochi
New Delhi
Gandhinagar