Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or Non Resident Indian Day is observed on 9 January every year by the Union Government till 2015 and now it is celebrated once in every two years to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. Or we can say that this day is celebrated to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots.
Why 9 January is decided to celebrate NRI Day?
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. He not only changed the lives of Indian's but also created an example that if a person dreams and desires are clear, he or she can achieve anything. 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 NRI has a global exposure in terms of business and development strategies around the world. If some opportunity is provided to them they will contribute in the developmental process by infusing their ideas and experiences on their mother land i.e. India.
Do you know that the first Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or Non Resident Indian Day was celebrated on 9 January, 2003 and was observed annually till 2015. In 2016, Ministry of External Affairs decided to make the event biennial and since then it is celebrated every second year. This time Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2019 is being held on 21-23 January in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day January 2019: Theme
The theme of PBD Convention 2019 is "Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India".
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day January 2019: Chief Guest
This time the Chief Guest of the Convention will be Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius. Also, Mr. Himanshu Gulati, Member of Parliament of Norway, will be the Special Guest and Mr. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Member of Parliament of New Zealand will be the Guest of Honour at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 21st January, 2019.
Let us tell you that Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians. This Award is conferred by the President of India as a part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Conventions which was organised since 2003.
Note: Person of Indian Origin or an organisation or institution established and run by the Non-Resident Indians or Persons of Indian Origin, who has made significant contribution.
Some interesting facts about PBD or NRI Day
- Most of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention held at New Delhi that is in the year 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2014.
- Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is organised outside India. To give chance to link up those Indian Diaspora's who cannot travel to India for the main event. It has been organised in 8 different cities.
- The 2015 year marked 100 years or a century of the return of Mahatma Gandhi. So, 2015 celebration of PBD was a symbolic one.
- No doubt PBD play a huge role to the development of India. Because Diaspora Indians will share their knowledge and experiences that they have gained from other countries.
- Usually, the Chief Host of the PBD is a Foreigner.
- With a specific theme PBD is celebrated by the Union Government.
- As we have discussed above also that now PBD is not an annual event since 2015.
- At the convention of PBD awards are given to the deserving Indians.
- PBD main aim is to connect Indian Diaspora.
- PBD is celebrated as the commemoration of the return of the Mahatma Gandhi.
Therefore, we can say that Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day is celebrated 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.