Thousands tuned in to watch and celebrate the contribution of overseas Indians towards the development of India. Members of the Indian community in Bahrain attended the live interaction by EAM with Indian Diaspora across the globe on the occasion of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2020.

The Government of India celebrates Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 9 January every year to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India on 9 January 1915. The Government of India has taken several measures over the recent years to enhance its engagement of Indian Diaspora.

The highlight of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2020 was the interaction of External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar with representatives of Indian Diaspora across the globe, which was telecast at the event in Sao Paulo. Besides his address highlighting measures taken to intensify and strengthen engagement with Diaspora under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar answered queries from members of Indian diaspora from eight cities across the world.

“The Pravasi Bhartiya community that numbers more than 30 million today can be found in every continent and virtually every nation. It is truly representative of what our society has to offer – whether in science and creative arts, in technology and medicine, in enterprise or engineering or in spreading Indian values, traditions, habits and soft power. Members of the diaspora have achieved great success in different walks of life and by doing so, define both India’s capabilities and branding,” said External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar.

“Indeed, what makes the Indian diaspora somewhat unique is that much more than their counterparts from other societies, they have maintained the physical linkage and emotional attachment to the land of their origin. We need to nurture this relationship and I would like to underline today our Government’s deep commitment in that regard. A large number of programmes and events reflect this approach including of course the Know India Programme. The one that gets the most attention is, of course, Prime Minister Modi’s interactions with the Indian and diaspora community whenever he travels abroad,” he added.