India has the largest diaspora in the world, and what is unique is the intensity of the bonding between community abroad and mother land, said Minister for External Affairs S. Jaishankar during the opening ceremony of 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023.
The identity of a diaspora is very much derived from how close it is connected to its roots, the Minister noted adding that the Government of India is encouraging every exposure that can strengthen this relation and promote Indian culture abroad and that the Indian Diaspora of 34 million people have established a stronger relationship with almost every nation. “India has a higher standing and more robust relationship with every nation, “remarked Jaishankar.
He applauded the Indian Diaspora for their tremendous response during difficult times and maintained that Indian government always has a room to expand and encourage the Know India Programme to connect NRIs with their roots.
“Most of our embassies now offer yoga, dance and music classes. We ask them to support and facilitate community functions and collective activities,” the Minister said mentioning Bharat ko Janiye quiz and scholarship programme for Diaspora kids.
While sharing more on India’s younger generation, he said that young Indians and Indian Diaspora have connected their nation with the world not only with activities of hobby, but by studying, working and traveling a lot.
He cited the government’s efforts toward creating a better workplace to support the achievement of Indian Diaspora. Migration and mobility partnerships have been formed with Germany, Denmark, Portugal, France and the UK. There is more efficient rendering of consular service and the recent deal with Austria on working holiday programmes.
The long-awaited three-day biennial event Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2023 began today (January 8) with a total of 3200 delegates from 68 countries travelling to Indore to mark this global summit. Majority of the delegates participating in the summit are from UAE, Mauritius, Malaysia, and Qatar.
The first day saw the presence of S. Jaishankar, Minister for External Affairs, Ms. Zaneta Mascarenhas, Member of Parliament, Australia as a guest of honour, Anurag Thakur, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, and other dignitaries from across the world.