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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2024: History, Theme

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Also known as प्रवासी भारतीय दिवस, Pravāsī Bhāratīya Divasa, Overseas Indian Day) is a day observed on 9 January by the Republic of India to commemorate the contribution of the Overseas Indian community towards the development of India. The day highlights the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: Details

In 2000, The day was established and is sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industries and the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region.

Official nameप्रवासी भारतीय दिवस
Celebrated byMinistry of External Affairs, Government of India
ObjectivesTo remember the favors and contributions made by Non-Resident Indians to the welfare and development of the nation.
Dates21–23 January

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: History

On this day, Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa to India in 1915 and led India’s freedom struggle. The Ministry of External Affairs also conducted a virtual youth PBD conference and its theme was ‘The role of the Indian diaspora.’ Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas conventions were conducted on an annual basis from 2003 till 2015.

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award

The government of India also presents the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award the highest honour conferred on a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), a person of Indian origin or an organisation or institution run by these people.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is distributed to those who have made a significant contribution to a better understanding of India abroad or have supported the cause of India, the welfare of the local Indian community, and so on.

List of previous PBDs

120039 – 11 January 2003New Delhi
220049 – 11 January 2004New Delhi
320057 – 9 January 2005Mumbai
420067 – 9 January 2006Hyderabad
520077 -9 January 2007New Delhi
620087 – 9 January 2008New Delhi
720097 – 9 January 2009Chennai
820107 – 9 January 2010New Delhi
920117 – 9 January 2011New Delhi
1020127 – 9 January 2012Jaipur
1120137 – 9 January 2013Kochi
1220147 – 9 January 2014New Delhi
1320157 – 9 January 2015Gandhinagar
1420177 – 9 January 2017Bengaluru
15201921 – 23 January 2019Varanasi
1620218 – 9 January 2021Virtual

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: FAQs

When are Pravasi Bharatiya Divas observed?

The PBD is observed on January 9th by the Republic of India

What is the Theme of the 2024 virtual youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conference?

The Theme of the 2024 virtual youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conference is ‘the role of the Indian diaspora.’

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