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17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: Prime Minister Modi emphasizes the importance of NRIs in promoting India's image - UPSC Current Affairs

The 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recognized the role of non-resident Indians (NRIs) in promoting India's image abroad, naming them "Brand Ambassadors" of India on foreign soil. He emphasized the significance of NRIs in the journey of India as it enters a new era of development, calling for Indian universities to document the contributions made by the diaspora for the benefit of students and inviting them to explore and appreciate the cultural and natural wonders of India, specifically in Madhya Pradesh.

Jan 10, 2023

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As India enters a new era of growth and development, the contributions of Pravasi Bharatiyas, or non-resident Indians, will play a crucial role in solidifying the country's image as a leader in various fields. This was emphasized by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he spoke at the 17th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.




Mr. Modi described Pravasi Bharatiyas as "brand ambassadors" of India on foreign soil, highlighting the diverse roles they play in promoting the country's cultural and economic strengths. These include yoga, Ayurveda, cottage industries, handicrafts, and millets. The prime minister also acknowledged the interest of the next generation of Pravasi Bharatiyas in learning about their heritage and called on Indian universities to document the contributions of the diaspora for the benefit of students.


The prime minister also encouraged the diaspora to visit the many natural and cultural sites in Madhya Pradesh, such as the Narmada river and the Mahakal Lok at the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain. He praised Indore, the host city of the convention, for its cleanliness and preservation of heritage, as well as its delicious local cuisine.


At the event, President of Suriname Chandrikapersad Santokhi commended India as a reliable partner in regional and global affairs, and highlighted opportunities for collaboration in fields such as health and finance, as well as the promotion of Hindi language in Suriname. Guyana President Mohamed Irfaan Ali, the chief guest, praised Prime Minister Modi for his leadership during the pandemic, and noted India's contributions in providing vaccines and medicine to other countries. He also identified opportunities for India's private sector in Guyana, and highlighted Guyana's own growing economy. Image : Twitter/Narendra Modi

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