The 15th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 (PBD 2019) begins on Monday in Varanasi, the cultural and spiritual capital of India, for the time in PBD’s history.
Themed “Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India”, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 will be held from 21st January till 23rd January, 2019.
As the theme suggests, several world leaders of Indian origin have been invited to share their insights into the role of Indian diaspora for a New India.
The decorated Ghats of Ganga will welcome the guests with their divine attraction.
Three-Day Mega Event
Over the next three days, Varanasi will witness various sessions, seminars by experts and luminaries and cultural programmes.
NRIs will also visit the renowned historic places of Kashi, Sarnath and Ganga Ghats.
Opening Day OF PBD 2019
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the Youth PBD event which marked the beginning of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019.
The Youth PBD event focused on the next generation especially from Uttar Pradesh where the young diaspora with its counterparts will engage back home in India.
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore along with the MP from New Zealand Kanwal Jeet Singh Bakshi and MP from Norway Himanshu Gulati were present at the event.
PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the PBD 2019 on Tuesday where the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth, has been invited as the Chief Guest.
Scores of sessions have been scheduled on issues like sustainable development, artificial intelligence and cyber capacity at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Trade Facilitation Centre-TFC.
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Trade Facilitation Centre-TFC is the main venue of PBD at Bada Lalpur of Varanasi.
Along with this, PM Modi will also host a lunch for the Heads of states and over fifty selected Pravasi Bhartiya delegates and leaders.
Exhibitions including a digital exhibition will be put up on the theme ‘Ek Bharat Swacch Bharat: Sardar Patel and Gandhi ke Sapno ka Bharat’ at TFC Bada Lalpur, BHU and the Tent City.
The Award Ceremony
President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the highest honour on overseas India, the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award (PSBA), on the closing day.
It will be given to the selected NRIs, PIOs, organisation or institution established and run by the NRIs who have significantly contributed to various fields both in India and abroad.
After Ardh Kumbh Mela, participants would travel from Prayagraj to Delhi to witness the 70th Republic Day.
Special passes for foreign delegates of PBD 2019 have been arranged for the Republic Day Parade.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated once in every two years to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9 January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India.
The date was chosen as on this day in 1915, Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.
This year, the event is being held some days later than usual to help delegates visit the Ardh Kumbh Mela as well as the Republic Day parade.
PBD conventions are being held every year since 2003 providing a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities.