Hon’ble Prime Minister inaugurates 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention in Madhya Pradesh
January 11, 2023
Our Pravasi Bharatiyas have a significant place in India's journey in the ‘Amrit Kaal’
-Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced the inauguration event of the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention organized in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from 8th to 10th January 2023. He inaugurated a digital PBD exhibition on the theme ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav - Contribution of Diaspora in Indian Freedom Struggle’ and released a commemorative postal stamp as well ‘Surakshit Jaayen, Prashikshit Jaayen’.
PBD convention is a flagship event organised by the Government of India which acts as a platform to interact with the Indians living overseas belonging to the Indian diaspora. This year’s theme of the convention was ‘Diaspora: Reliable partners for India’s progress in Amrit Kaal’. For this year, over 3500 diaspora citizens from over 70 countries have registered for the convention.
The Prime Minister mentioned that this year’s Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is of great significance for India as the country recently celebrated 75 years of Independence. He highlighted the importance of Pravasi Bhartiyas in the upcoming journey of Amrit Kaal by saying that “India’s unique global vision and its role in the global order will be strengthened by them”.
The Prime Minister stated that our predecessors laid the groundwork for India's cultural development. He talked about how we Indians have travelled all across the world coexisting with people from all cultures and traditions. However, we still have managed to excel through commercial alliances. He added that when we observe millions of Pravasi Bhartiyas on the global map, we see the myriad image of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.
The Prime Minister praised Pravasi Bhartiyas as National Ambassadors of India as they showcase the voice of a powerful and capable nation. He added, “You are the Rashtradoots (national ambassadors) of India’s heritage, of Make in India, of Yoga and Ayurveda, of India’s cottage industries and handicrafts”.
The Prime Minister highlighted that India has the opportunity to become a knowledge centre as well as the skill capital of the world. He encouraged the next generation of Pravasi Bhartiyas to tell the world about the magnificence of their country. He added “With traditional understanding and modern approach, these young Pravasis will be able to tell the world about India more effectively. With increasing curiosity about India among the youth, tourism, research and glory of India will enhance”.
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