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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year since 2003 to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.

Since 2015, its format has been revised to celebrate the PBD once every two years and to hold theme-based PBD Conferences during the intervening period with participation from overseas diaspora experts, policy makers and stakeholders. These conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable them to share their experiences in various fields.

Sixteen PBDs

To connect India to its vast overseas diaspora and bring their knowledge, expertise and skills on a common platform, the PBD Convention - the flagship event of Ministry of External Affairs is organized from 7th-9th January every year since 2003.

Sixteen PBDs have been held earlier in various places of India so far as follows:

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
2003 9-11 January, 2003 New Delhi
2004 9-11 January, 2004 New Delhi
2005 7-9 January, 2005 Mumbai
2006 7-9 January, 2006 Hyderabad
2007 7-9 January, 2007 New Delhi
2008 7-9 January, 2008 New Delhi
2009 7-9 January, 2009 Chennai
2010 7-9 January, 2010 New Delhi
2011 7-9 January, 2011 New Delhi
2012 7-9 January, 2012 Jaipur
2013 7-9 January, 2013 Kochi
2014 7-9 January, 2014 New Delhi
2015 7-9 January, 2015 Gandhinagar
2017 7-9 January, 2017 Bengaluru
2019 21-23 January, 2019 Varanasi
2021 9 January, 2021 Virtual

The 15th PBD Convention was held from 21 to 23 January 2019 in Varanasi with Uttar Pradesh as the Partner State. Over 7000 delegates participated in the 15th PBD. In reverence to the sentiments of the larger diaspora, two attractions were added to the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – viz. visit to Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and participation in Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on 26 January 2019 were also offered to the PBD participants. Heads of Missions in India also participated in the Kumbh Mela.

PBD 2020 was held in New Delhi on 9th January 2020 in which EAM interacted with Diaspora in eight countries through Video Conference.

Last year, amid COVID-19 pandemic the 16th PBD was held in a virtual format on 9th January, 2021 with the theme "Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat". The PBD Convention had three segments, namely Inaugural, Plenary and Valedictory. The PBD Convention was inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, and featured a keynote address by the Chief Guest, H.E. Mr. Chandrikapersad Santokhi, Hon’ble President of the Republic of Suriname. The 15 winners of the online Bharat ko Janiye Quiz for the youth were also announced during the Inaugural Session.The event was webcast live to all Indian Missions and Posts abroad.

The Youth PBD was celebrated on the theme "Bringing together Young Achievers from India and Indian Diaspora” on 08 January 2021, and was anchored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Special Guest for the event was H.E. Ms. Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Community & Voluntary Sector of New Zealand.

Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (RPBD)

Ministry has been organizing Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conferences (RPBD) to reach out to a vast majority of our diaspora, who for various reasons, are unable to attend the main biennial event in India and benefit from its deliberations. This is in response to a strong and persistent demand for holding such events regionally. These have elicited enthusiastic support from the Indian diaspora and the local Governments and have been highly successful. So far, ten RPBDs have been held as per details below:

Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (RPBD)
Sr. No.CityCountryDate
1 New York USA 24 Sept. 2007
2. Singapore Singapore 10-11 Oct. 2008
3. The Hague Netherlands 19 Sept. 2009
4. Durban South Africa 1-2 Oct. 2010
5. Toronto Canada 8-10 June 2011
6. Port Louis Mauritius 27-28 Oct. 2012
7. Sydney Australia 10-12 Nov. 2013
8. London United Kingdom 16-18 Oct. 2014
9. Los Angeles USA 14-15 Nov. 2015
10. Singapore Singapore 6-7 Jan. 2018

Chief Guests at PBD Conventions:

Chief Guests at PBD Conventions
Sr. No.PBD YearName & PositionCountry
1 2003 Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Prime Minister Mauritius
2 2004 Shri Bharrat Jagdeo, President Guyana
3 2005 Shri J.R. Ajodhia, Vice President Suriname
4 2006 Shri Ahmed Kathrada, Political Activist
and a Contemporay of Nelson Mandela
South Africa
5 2007 Prof. S. Jayakumar, Dy. Prime Minister Singapore
6 2008 Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister Mauritius
7 2009 Dr. Ramdien Sardjoe, Vice President Suriname
8 2010 Dr. Khalid Hameed, Chairman, Alpha Hospital Group UK
9 2011 Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor General New Zealand
10 2012 H.E. Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessar Trinidad and Tobago
11 2013 Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag, President Mauritius
12 2014 Dato Sri G. Palanivel, Federal Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia
13 2015 H.E. Mr. Donald Rabinderanauth Ramotar, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana Guyana
14 2017 Dr. Antonio Costa, Prime Minister Portugal
15 2019 Mr. Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister Mauritius
16 2021 H.E. Mr. Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President Suriname


The year wise list of Speakers of various PBD events is as follows:

The year wise list of Speakers of various PBD events
Sr. No.YearDownload
12021Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(21 KB)
22019Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(21 KB)
32013Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(21 KB)
42012Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(19 KB)
52011Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(23 KB)
62010Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(22 KB)
72009Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(104 KB)
82008Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(84 KB)
92007Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(92 KB)
102006Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(83 KB)
112005Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(104 KB)
122004Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(93 KB)
132003Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(113 KB)

The year wise list of PBD Theme Paper is as follows:

The year wise list of PBD Theme Paper
Sr. No.YearDownload
12021Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.53 MB)
22019Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.53 MB)
32013Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.53 MB)
42012Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(242 KB)
52011Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.76 MB)
62010Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.55 MB)
72009Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.02 MB)
82008Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(906 KB)