Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – UPSC Prelims

  • The PBD is celebrated every year on January 9 to mark the contribution of overseas Indian community in the development of India.
  • Event is organised by Ministry of External Affairs
  • It is celebrated every year since 2003.
  • It provides a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities.
  • January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa.
  • Thus, this event marks the importance of arrival of India’s greatest Pravasi who led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.
  • 2021:
    • Theme : “Contributing to Atma Nirbhar Bharat”
    • Chief Guest : Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President of Suriname.
    • Virtual Mode.