MEA AND UP GOVT. TO HOST PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS 2019
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India, along with the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, will organize the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) from January 21-23, 2019 in Varanasi, India's holiest city for Hindus. Over ten thousand delegates are expected to converge on the city for the PBD, the government organized gathering for oevrseas based people of indian descent.
In addition to attending the three-day PBD in Varanasi, participants will be taken to Prayagraj (Allahabad) on Jan 24, where the Kumbh Mela will be going on, and then they will be brought to New Delhi (Jan 25) for the Republic Day celebrations (Jan 26). Participants will be taken by special train from Varanasi to Prayagraj and thence to Delhi.
The PBD will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 22nd. The President of India Ram Nath Kovind will deliver the valedictory address on January 23rd and also confer the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awards. The pre-conference seminars will also be organized on January 21st (presided over by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj) followed by plenary and panel sessions beginning on January 22nd.
The PBD has become a significant forum to connect the overseas Indians from all over the world and the PBD-2019 will be focusing on more connectivity with overseas Indians with a theme "Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India." The first PBD was held in 2003; it was an idea suggested by Indo Guyanese Americans when they met with Atal Beharri Vajpayee in the early 1990s.
Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth will be the Chief Guest of the Convention. Member of Parliament of Norway Himanshu Gulati will be the Special Guest and Member of Parliament of New Zealand Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi will be the Guest of Honor at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.