Guyana Dharmic Sabha receives prestigious PBD Award from Indian President
Port-of-Spain: The Guyana Dharmic Sabha was the recipient of the prestigious Pravsai Bharaitya Diwas Award at its 15th edition held in Varansai, Uttar Pradesh, India January 21-23. The Dharmic Sabha and Jamaican Dr Suna Sekhar Muppri were the only ones to receive awards from the Caribbean. This information was gleaned from a press release issued by the Indian High Commission here.
Varansai is the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India votes for a new government by May.
President of the Republic of India, Ram Nath Kovind who presented the awards to the 28 individuals and two organizations, called on the Indian diaspora to partner in the development of New India, adding that the Indian diaspora, consisting of over 30 million people is scattered in over 90 countries globally.
President Kovind urged that the diaspora is commanding global heights and is our cultural ambassador. India today, is a land of a billion of ideas and opportunities, and called on Indians and Indian-origin peoples living abroad to come closer to the country.
President Kovind announced that January 9 will be celebrated Diaspora Day globally as that was the day Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Indian Nation, returned from South Africa to India in 1915.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his opening address, lauded the Indian diaspora on keeping alive the tradition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, adding that Non-Resident Indians(NRIs) are not only the Brand Ambassadors of India, but they also represent its strength, capabilities and characteristics, as he called on NRIs, “to participate in building a New India specially in research and innovation”.
Modi pointed out that with the rapid progress, India is being seen on a high pedestal across the world and is in a position to lead the global community and that International Solar Alliance was one such example. Local solution, global application is our mantra. He termed the International Solar Alliance as a step in the direction- “One World. One Sun. One Grid”.
“India is on course to become a global economic powerhouse, and that it has one of the largest start-up ecosystems and the world’s largest health care scheme to its credit. We have moved on with great strides in Made in India”.
The Prime Minister announced that new passport and visa rules have been simplified and E-Visa had made it much easier to visit India as all Pravasi Bharatiyas are now being linked to Passport Sewa and efforts are in to issue chip-based E-Passport.
He said that a Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana is being taken up, calling on overseas Indians to invite five non-Indian families to visit India. Prime Minister Modi also requested them to spread the values of Gandhi Ji and Guru Nanak and Dev Ji and become part of Gandhi Ji’s 150 birth anniversary, Oct 2, and that the global community joined in the compilation of his favourite bhajan, “Vaishnana Jan”.
Photo : Paras Ramoutar
The Convention was inaugurated in the presence of Mauritian Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, the Chief Guest. Some 5,000 participants from across the globe, including those from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Jamaica, Canada, USA, England and other parts of Asia and Europe were present.
Participants also attended the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, and later travelled to New Delhi to view the annual Republic Day Parade, which continues to be an international spectacle executed with cinematic precision.
Jugnnauth, in his address, said that if India in unique, Indianness is universal. Mauritius has announced plans to host the First International Bhojpouri Festival.