Diplomacyindia.com

Youth PBD inaugurated as three-day diaspora conclave kicks off

January 07
22:47 2015
Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat

Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat

Gandhinagar, Jan 7 The three-day 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) kicked off here Wednesday with the inauguration of the Youth PBD, being attended by hundreds of diaspora youth from across the world.

The annual event is the world’s largest annual gathering of people of Indian-origin.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is also minister for overseas Indian affairs, attired in a blue silk sari, lighted the ceremonial lamp as part of the inaugural ceremony.

Earlier, the minister inaugurated the Gandhi Gallery at the Mahatma Mandir convention centre, the venue of the three-day diaspora conclave. The Mahatma Mandir is a sprawling complex spread across 60,000 sq mt.

Accompanied by Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (Retd.) V.K. Singh, Sushma Swaraj took a walk around the exhibition complex that has photographs, write ups and archival material tracing Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his contribution to India’s independence.

More than 4,000 delegates have arrived for the PBD, an annual gathering of Indian diaspora aimed at enhancing networking and reinforcing commercial linkages. There are 25 million people of Indian-origin residing outside India.

The event is being held in the Gujarat capital Jan 7-9 to mark the centenary of the return to the country of India’s “sarva sreshtha pravasi Bharatiya”, or foremost Indian diaspora member, Mahatma Gandhi, from South Africa.

Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonwal, speaking at the inauguration, urged the diaspora youth to “preserve the values of their forefathers”.

Priti Patel, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury of Britain, addressed the inaugural and said the “UK is keen to share with India its experiences in fostering government-industry partnership.”

She said that in Britain 1.5 million Indians are working and contributing to the British economy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the official section of the PBD Thursday. Guyana President Donald Ramotar will be the chief guest at the 13th PBD.

South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is also attending the PBD, as part of the commemoratory events to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa a century ago.

The Youth PBD Wednesday will have two plenary sessions on ‘Bharat ko Jano’ and ‘Bharat ko Mano’ and a talk will be held on ‘Thoughts of Gandhi in the 21st century referring to youths’.

During the ‘Bharat ko Jano’ (Know India) session, the diaspora youth would be told about India’s age old culture, traditions and hospitality, while at the ‘Bharat ko Mano’ session the youth would be told about modern India and its innovations, like Mangalyaan or the Mars mission, about India’s missile technology and expertise in information technology.

Share

Related Articles

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

There are no comments at the moment, do you want to add one?

Write a comment

Write a Comment

<

On the Eve of 30th Years of Independence of Republic of Uzbekistan, H.E. Dilshod Akhatov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to India in conversation with Ameya Sathaye, Editor-in-Chief.

Denmark Ambassador to India Freddy Svane in conversation with Amb Pradeep Kapur & Ameya Sathaye, Editor-in-Chief

Italy india will work closely together for G20 : Italy Envoy to India

Do you know why FINLAND is ranked number ONE in Happiness index, watch this interview with Finland Ambassador to India

Exclusive Interview : H.E. Jasem Ibrahem Al Najem Ambassador of Kuwait to India speaks on India Kuwait bilateral relations

ड्रैगन ने हाथी को क्यों डसा, भारत- चीन रिश्तों की कहानी- रंजीत कुमार के साथ अमेय साठे की विषेष चर्चा ड्रैगन ने हाथी को क्यों डसा, भारत- चीन रिश्तों की कहानी- रंजीत कुमार के साथ अमेय साठे की विषेष चर्चा 0 comment Read Full Article

H.E. Reuben Gauci, Ambassador of Malta to India speaks on India-Malta Bilateral Relations

Portugal supports India in covid crisis : Portugal Ambassador Carlos Pereira Marques speaks with Ameya Sathaye, Editor-in-Chief

Vietnam Ambassador to India, Pham Sanh Chau speaks on Vietnam support to India in tackling covid crisis

Netherlands supports India in covid crisis : Netherlands Ambassador Marten van den Berg speaks with Ameya Sathaye

Envoy Speaks : Gopal Baglay, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka speaks on Bilateral relations, business opportunities, Tourism & people to people to people contacts

Kuwait reciprocates, we stand with India in this hour of crisis : Kuwait Ambassador to India

Canadian High Commissioner, Nadir Patel speaking on support to India in covid crisis

Italian Ambassador to India, Vincenzo de Luca speaking on Italy support to India in covid crisis

H.E. Mr. Reuben Gauci, Malta High Commissioner to India speaks with Ameya Sathaye, Editor-in-Chief of Malta support to India in covid crisis

Danish Ambassador to India Freddy Svane speaking on Denmark aid to India

Video Interview with Vinod Daniel, CEO, India Vision Institute, Board Member, International Council of Museums & Chairman, Ausheritage

DENMARK AMBASSADOR FREDDY SAVNE VISIT TO CORONOVIRUS VACCINE FACILITY AT HYDERABAD, A TRIP ORGANISED BY MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVT OF INDIA FOR FOREIGN ENVOYS BASED IN INDIA.

MALTA HIGH COMMISSIONER TO INDIA, H.E. REUBEN GAUCI SHARING HIS IMPRESSION ABOUT HIS VISIT TO HYDERABAD : TRIP ORGANISED BY MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA FOR ENVOYS BASED IN INDIA TO UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS VACCINE

H.E. Mr. Dinesh Bhatia, Ambassador of India to Argentina in conversation with Ameya Sathaye, Editor-in-Chief

Pictures of Formal Launch of Website Diplomacyindia.com

Exclusive Interview with Prime Minister of Guyana, H.E. Mr. Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo during his recent visit to India.Highlights of the interview were Indian Cultural Connect, Vibrant Bilateral Ties and Cultural Connect and India’s Economic Prowess.

Video Message from Shri Prakash Javadekar, MoS (IC) for Forest, Environment & Climate Change on eve of Formal Launch of Website Diplomacyindia.com

Message from Gen. V K Singh, (Retd.) Hon’ble MoS, External Affairs to Diplomacyindia.com

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com