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Overview of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

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Recently, the Prime Minister of India extended greetings on the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas.

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Overview of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

  • Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) is a day to celebrate the contribution of the diaspora to India. It is celebrated on January 9th to mark the day in 1915 when Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa.
  • PBD Conventions are held every two years and are theme-based.
  • The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is also conferred on this day to individuals, organizations, or institutions established and run by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) or People of Indian Origin (PIOs) who have made significant contributions to a better understanding of India abroad and supported India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way.
  • PBD provides a platform for the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and native people of India. It is also a useful networking opportunity for the diaspora.

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