Celebrating Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023: A Look at the History and Importance of this Day


The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is coming up soon and the necessary arrangements are being made. The major conference is scheduled to take place from January 8 to January 10 and will have Prime Minister Narendra Modi in attendance. This year’s Pravasi Bharatiya Sammelan is particularly noteworthy because it is the first time it has occurred in the nation in four years due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is an eagerly awaited event that will be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and is expected to attract attendees from all around the globe. Both Indians residing in the country and non-resident Indians (NRIs) are eagerly looking forward to the conference. However, do you know the history and significance of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas? This day is celebrated to recognize the contributions of the Indian diaspora and this year’s theme is “Contribution of Indian Diaspora in building New India.” In this article, we will explore the history, purpose, and significance of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, as well as the theme for the 2023 celebration.

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Understanding the Timing of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is an annual event that is held on January 9th to honor and recognize the contributions of the Indian diaspora. In 2023, a three-day conference will take place in Indore to celebrate the occasion, starting on January 8th and concluding on January 10th.

The conference will feature a range of events and activities, including presentations, panel discussions, and networking opportunities, all aimed at honoring and recognizing the contributions of the Indian diaspora.

When did Pravasi Bharatiya Divas start?

The celebration of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was initially proposed by Late Lakshmi Singhvi in 2002 and was subsequently officially announced by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, the roots of this day can be traced back to 1915. The decision to celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was made based on the recommendations of the Higher Committee on Indian Diaspora, which was established by the Government of India and chaired by Singhvi. The inaugural Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was celebrated in 2003.

Historical significance of this date 

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is observed on January 9th to honor the return of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of India, from South Africa on that day in 1915. Gandhi, who is considered an expatriate, made significant contributions to India’s independence movement upon his return to the country. This day is therefore celebrated in his memory as a tribute to his efforts towards India’s freedom.

Since its inception, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas has had a different theme for each celebration. Previously, this day was celebrated annually, but in 2015 it was decided to hold the event every other year instead. The theme for the 2015 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was “Apna Bharat Apna Gaurav,” and it was last celebrated in 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pravasi Bharatiya Sammelan was not held for two years. This year’s theme for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 is “Pravasis: Reliable Partners of India’s Progress in the Age of Amrit Kaal.

What is the Significance of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas ?

There are numerous advantages to celebrating Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Some of the key benefits include:

  • Promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise between overseas Indians and people living in India.
  • Foster a sense of pride and belonging among overseas Indians.
  • Recognize the achievements and contributions of overseas Indians to their countries of residence and to India.
  • Encourage overseas Indians to participate in the development of India and to invest in various sectors of the economy.
  • Strengthen the cultural and social ties between overseas Indians and the people of India.
  • Provide a platform for overseas Indians to engage with government officials and policymakers on issues of mutual interest and concern.
  • Promote mutual understanding and cooperation between overseas Indians and the people of India.
  • Encourage overseas Indians to contribute to the well-being and progress of the communities in which they live.

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