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15th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas begins in Varanasi

15th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas begins in Varanasi

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas on January 22, 2019 in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

In the history of Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, the event is being held for the first time in Varanasi, the cultural and spiritual capital of India.

For the first time, the three-day-long Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention is being organised from January 21 to 23 instead of January 9 to 11 to allow the NRIs to visit the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and attend the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

The convention was inaugurated in the presence of Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, the Chief Guest of the event.

Around 6,000 non-resident Indians (NRIs) are expected to take part in the three-day event.

Theme of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas: Role of Indian Diaspora in Building New India

Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

It is celebrated to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India.

The day also commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in Bombay on January 9, 1915.

The day was formally established in 2003 and is sponsored by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region of India.

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