It’s An Honor for Cleanest City of India– Indore to Celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023
Pravasi Bhartiya Divas – The dedication of this day is to overseas the Indian community by the Indian government. India commemorates Pravasi Bhartiya Divas to recognize the contribution of the Indian community. The day is also known as NRI day. NRI day honors Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa. Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa to India in 1915. The aim for the celebration of this day is to increase the name of India with their hard work and dedication.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Theme 2023
The theme for the year 2023 is- Diaspora: Reliable Partners for India’s Progress in Amrit Kaal, according to the ministry of external affairs.
Themes for previous years-
2014: “Engaging Diaspora: Connecting Across Generations”
2015: “Apna Bharat, Apna Gaurav”
2017: “Redefining engagement with the Indian diaspora”
Importance of Bharatiya Divas
NRI day celebration is to recognize the overseas Indian community’s contribution towards the growth of the country. The greatest Pravasi Mahatma Gandhi, returned to India from South Africa in 1915. There are a lot of contributions by Mahatma Gandhi to India’s fight for Independence. Also, changed the Indian culture.
The Ministry of External Affairs, the Confederation of Indian Industries; the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); and the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region are all sponsors of this event. Pravasi Day also signifies the efforts made by the Indian population living abroad to maintain ties to their heritage.
This is the 17th Bharatiya Pravasi Divas. The NRI day or Bharatiya Pravasi Divas is very famous and popular in India. The celebration of 17th Pravasi Divas is in the cleanest city of India- Indore, Madhya Pradesh. For the six times in a row indore has got the award for the cleanest city of india.
Some interesting facts about Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (प्रवासी भारतीय दिवस)
- The chief host of the day is usually a foreigner.
- Celebration of the PBD is by the union government, with a particular theme.
- Awards are given to the deserving ones, at the convention of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
- The celebration of PBD is to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi.
- For the development of India, the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas play a huge and important role.
- Mostly, the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebration is in New Delhi.
What is the reason behind celebration of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas?
Its main purpose is to help people abroad to know more details about Indian culture. Also, the money sent by them strengthens the Indian economy. This program’s goal is to give Indians living abroad a platform on which to share their ideas; feelings, and positive interactions with their fellow citizens. Their goal is to motivate the international Indian community to live anywhere in the globe, to inspire them from India, and to connect the youth with the migrants. The purpose of this day is to learn about and attempt to resolve the challenges faced by Indian foreign employees.
Therefore, we can say that Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day celebration is to link up the Indian Diaspora to commemorate; the achievements of the individuals of Indian origin in their respective fields and also persuade them to bring their knowledge and expertise to their motherland.
Pravasi Bhartiya Divas
Inauguration by the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
Inauguration of the convention of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Ji Modi. The Prime Minister released a commemorative postal stamp ‘Surakshit Jaayen, Prashikshit Jaayen’ and also inaugurated the first-ever digital PBD Exhibition; on the theme ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav– Contribution of Diaspora in Indian Freedom Struggle’.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister remarked that the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is taking place in all its glory; after a gap of four years and highlighted the significance and joy of personal interaction.
Welcoming everyone on the occasion on behalf of 130 crore Indians, the Prime Minister said that the event is taking place on the land of Madhya Pradesh which is known as the heart of India and famous for the holy waters of Narmada; the greenery, the tribal culture and spirituality. The Prime Minister mentioned the recently dedicated Maha Kaal Maha Lok and hoped that dignitaries and delegates will be able to visit the sacred place. Talking about the host city, Indore, the Prime Minister said Indore is a city as well as a phase, “It is a phase that walks ahead of time while preserving its heritage.”, He also mentioned the culinary fame of Indore and its achievement in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Pravasi Bhartiya Divas
The Prime Minister remarked that the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is special in numerous ways as India completed 75 years of independence only recently. He also informed that the first-ever digital PBD Exhibition on the theme ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ has also been organized which brings the glorious era to the fore once again. Highlighting the significant role of Pravasi Bhartiyas in the next 25 years of the journey of Amrit Kaal, the Prime Minister stated that India’s unique global vision and its role in the global order will be strengthened by them.
Watch the full video of the inauguration ceremony speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The PBD Convention will have five thematic Plenary sessions-
- First Plenary on ‘Role of Diaspora Youth in Innovations and New Technologies’, chaired by Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur.
- Second Plenary on ‘Role of Indian Diaspora in promoting Indian Healthcare Ecosystem in Amrit Kaal: Vision @2047’, chaired by Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya and co-chaired by Minister of State for External Affairs, Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh.
- Third Plenary on ‘Leveraging the soft power of India – Goodwill through craft, cuisine & creativity’, chaired by Minister of State for External Affairs, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi.
- Fourth Plenary on ‘Enabling global mobility of Indian workforce – Role of Indian Diaspora’, chaired by Minister of Education, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.
- Fifth Plenary on ‘Harnessing the potential of diaspora entrepreneurs towards an inclusive approach to nation building’, chaired by Minister of Finance, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman.
- All the Plenary Sessions will feature panel discussions inviting eminent diaspora experts.
The 17th PBD Convention holds significance as it is being organized as a physical event after a gap of four years; and the first after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The last PBD Convention in 2021 was held virtually during the Pandemic.