21 Jan 2019
PM Modi to inaugurate 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention tomorrow
For the first time, the three-day-long convention is being organized from January 21 to 23 instead of January 9 to allow participants to visit the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and attend the Republic Day parade in the national capital.
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PM of Mauritius will be the Chief Guest of convention
The theme of this year's convention is 'Role of Indian diaspora in building new India', a statement from the PMO said.
Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth will be the chief guest of the convention, while Himanshu Gulati, member of the Parliament of Norway, will be the special guest.
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, member of Parliament of New Zealand, will be the guest of honor.
Decision to celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas taken by Vajpayee
The decision to celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas was taken by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the first event was celebrated on January 9, 2003, in New Delhi.
January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas as it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi had returned to India from South Africa.
Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is celebrated once every two years
The Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is now celebrated once every two years and provides a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and reconnect with their roots, the statement said.
During the convention, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman is conferred on the selected overseas Indians for their significant contributions to various fields, both in India and abroad.