Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2022

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    • The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is observed and celebrated on 9 January across the country. 
      • It is a day to acknowledge and mark the contribution of the Indian community staying abroad in the development of the country.

    About Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD)

    • The theme of 16th PBD Convention 2021 is: “Contributing to Atma Nirbhar Bharat ”.
    • Significance of this day: Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa, is celebrated grandly to strengthen the engagement of the Government of India with the overseas Indian community.
      • Following his return, the father of the nation began and headed India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of millions of Indians forever.
    • The main idea: behind this event is to reconnect the Non-Resident Indian community with their original roots.
      • The PBD holds the event with a vast overseas Diaspora to let them share their knowledge, skills and expertise on a common platform.
    • History: Since 2003, the PBD Convention has been organizing this Divas from 7 to 9 January every year in the national capital.
      • Later on, in 2015, the format was revised to mark and observe the PBD convention once every two years.
      • The organizers further decided to hold theme-based conferences with participation from policymakers, stakeholders and overseas diaspora experts.
    • Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards: are conferred to select Indian diaspora members to recognize their achievements and honor their contributions to various fields both in India and abroad.
    • Bharat ko Janiye Quiz: was launched in 2015-16 in order to strengthen the engagement with young overseas Indians and encourage them to know more about their country of origin.

    Source: FP