Non Resident Indian Day (NRI DAY) – Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Non Resident Indian Day (NRI DAY) - Pravasi Bharatiya Divas


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on January 9 every two years. Increases engagement with the Indian government with the expatriate Indian community and focuses on reconnecting with their roots. This day was first celebrated in 2003 and has been celebrated every year since then.

The decision to celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was taken in accordance with recommendations of the High Level Committee (HLC) on the Indian Diaspora set up by government of India under the chairmanship of L. M. Singhvi. The then Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, received the report of the Committee at a public function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on 8 January 2002, and announced the “Pravasi Bharatiya Divas” (PBD) on 9 January 2002. The day was chosen to mark the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India in 1915.”

1915 was the day the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa. As we all know, he became the great ‘immigrant’ who led India’s freedom struggle. Gandhiji assured that if we work in this direction, everyone can achieve their dreams and aspirations. He is considered an immigrant who symbolizes growth and change.

This day was first celebrated in 2003. This is to identify the contribution and development of Indians living abroad. The main objective of this day is to focus on connecting Indians living abroad with their roots. It is also a platform for expatriate Indians to express their views and ideas about the development of the country. This day is a special discussion on Indian workers living abroad and the hardships they face.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas has been celebrated every year since 2003. It was celebrated last year in 2019 in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and in 2018 in Singapore. Pravasi Bharatiya Saman is a special award given by the President of India to PIOs (individuals of Indian descent) and NRIs and their organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of India’s relations abroad.

If you are an NRI and want to enjoy and watch movies that will help you remember your homeland and give you more pride, you can watch some good Bollywood movies. Sometimes films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Swades, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Lagaan will remind you of India.

We can tell you that the Pravasi Bharatiya Saman Award (PBSA) is the highest honor given to overseas Indians. The Presidential Award is presented as part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) conferences held since 2003.


Currently, 31 million Indians live abroad. Of these, 13 million are PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) and 17 million are NRIs (NRIs). The concept of Pravasi Bharatiya Citizen was launched in 2006 at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conference in Hyderabad.



The purpose of celebrating this day is to provide a platform to NRIs to express their understanding of India and thus participate in Indian development activities. It aims to create a network of NRIs and connect youth in all countries. The purpose of this day is to connect Indians living abroad with their roots so that they can contribute to the development of the country.



Some interesting facts about PBD or NRI Day

  • The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention was held in New Delhi in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2014.
  • Local Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is held outside India. The main event provides an opportunity for Indian expatriates who are unable to travel to India. It was organized in 8 different cities.
  • The year 2015 marked the 100th anniversary or the centenary of the return of Mahatma Gandhi. Therefore, the celebration of PBD in 2015 was symbolic.
  • There is no doubt that PBD plays a major role in the development of India. This is because NRIs will share their knowledge and experience gained from other countries.
  • Usually, the main host of PBD is a foreigner.
  • PBD is monitored by the Central Government with a special theme.
  • As we discussed above, PBD has not been an annual event since 2015.
  • Awards are given to deserving Indians at the PBD Conference.
  • The main objective of PBD is to connect Indian expats.
  • PBD is celebrating the return of Mahatma Gandhi.

Therefore, we can say that Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day is celebrated to remind people of Indian descent in their respective fields of achievement of Indian descent as well as to bring their knowledge and skills to the motherland.




Where is Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2020?

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2020 was held on January 9, 2020 in New Delhi. The Minister of External Affairs (EAM) interacted with expatriates from eight countries via video conference. The event was broadcast live on all Indian missions and posts abroad.


Who was the chief guest of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019?

The Prime Minister of Mauritius Praveen Kumar Jugnaut was the Chief Guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 Convention. The theme of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention 2019 was “The Role of Indian Expatriates in Creating a New India”. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 was held on 21-23 January 2019 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.


What is Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra?

The Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra is a sought-after venue for major events in Delhi. The President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister are frequent visitors to the PBK. The Foreign Minister has chaired several meetings in the PBK, including meetings related to migrant affairs.


Why is Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrated?

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated every year to mark the contribution of the expatriate Indian community to India’s development. This day was first observed in 2003. This day is celebrated every day on January 09, the day when the Father of India – Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa and led India’s freedom struggle against the British.


What is the new name of Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra (PBK) ?

In honor of the 68th birth anniversary of the late External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the Government renamed the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan and the Foreign Service (Delhi) as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.


Can OCI own property in India?

NRI or OCI cardholders can invest in any residential or commercial property as per the guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank. The guidelines also say that anyone can buy a number of residential or commercial properties.

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