PRAVASI BHARTIYA DIWAS (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Poilty/IR - Diaspora)

News-CRUX-10     9th January 2024        

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted people on the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas.

Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

  • Historical Background: It has been observed annually since 2003 on January 9 to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's return from South Africa in 1915.

oThe day acknowledges the noteworthy contributions of the Overseas Indian community to India's development.

  • Establishment: In 2003, Pravasi Bhartiya Divas was later revised in 2015 to be observed every two years, accompanied by theme-based conferences.
  • Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award: The PBSA is the highest honor for Indians residing abroad.

oBestowed by the President of India during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conventions, initiated in 2003, this award recognizes outstanding contributions by the overseas Indian community.

  • Significance of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

oThis day serves as a crucial occasion for the overseas Indian community to interact with both the government and the local populace.

oConventions provide a valuable platform for networking among overseas Indians worldwide.

oParticipants can share their diverse experiences and insights in various fields during these gatherings.

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