Guyana President Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali to be chief guest at 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention at Indore

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chief guest at the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention

Guyana President Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali will be the chief guest at the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention. It will be held from 8th to 10th January 2023 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. 

Important facts

  • Zaneta Mascarenhas, Member of Parliament of Australia, will be the guest of honour at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas which will be held on 8th January 2023.

  •  Last year, the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conference was organised on 9 January despite the Covid pandemic. The convention was held in virtual format.

  • The theme of the 16th Convention 2021 was “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.

  • The Young Pravasi Bharatiya Sammelan was celebrated on January 8, 2021 with the theme "Bringing together Young Achievers from India and the Indian Diaspora".

17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention

  • The 17th PBD Convention is being organized from 08-10 January 2023 at Indore, Madhya Pradesh, in collaboration with the Government of Madhya Pradesh. 

  • The 17th PBD Convention will be held in a physical format after a gap of four years. 

  • The last PBD Convention in 2021 was held virtually during the Covid pandemic.

  • The theme of PBD Convention 2023 is "Diaspora: Reliable partners for India’s progress in Amrit Kaal”.

  • The PBD Convention 2023 will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 09 January 2023.

  • The Youth PBD will be held on 08 January 2023, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. 

  • On 10 January 2023, President Droupadi Murmu will confer Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards and preside over the Valedictory Session.

Organiser of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

  • The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is organised by the Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with a state government  and an Industry body, either  Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) or Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) . It is normally organised on 9 January.

Significance of  9 January  

  • On this day in 1915 the greatest pravasi of India , Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa  in 1915 from South Africa  to India .

  • His ship SS Arabia  docked in Bombay (now Mumbai)  on 9 January 1915.To honour and celebrate the occasion the government of India decided to start  Pravasi Bharatiya Divas  in 2003.

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