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Q. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017: In the backdrop of 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas occasion, discuss the importance of Indian Diaspora.
Jan 12, 2017 Related to : GS Paper-2 and 3

Ans :

Introduction-

The 14th edition of the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), the largest convergence of Indian diaspora was held on 7-9 January  in Bengaluru. PBD-2017 has witnessed record participation of Indian Diaspora since its inception in 2003. Indian origin Portuguese Prime Minister H.E AntAnio Costa was chief guest of PBD-2017.

Importance of Indian Diaspora and PBD-

  •  According to the United Nations’ International Migration Report, nearly 16 million people born in India now live elsewhere. As per the World Bank estimation, about $72 billion remittance flow to India in 2015.
  • NRIs and persons of Indian origin, across the world are in leadership positions in businesses, academia and policymaking. Indian Diaspora is an important resource. 
  • Given their location in the mainstream of their adopted countries or their sheer numbers, the overseas Indian can play an important role in presenting a more realistic assessment of India.
  • Given India’s ambitions as a global power, the diaspora provides an important entry point for India to work with countries across the world big and small. The occasions like the PBD will yield partnerships to aid the social and economic transformation of the country.

Suggestions-

The overseas Indian should be seen as more than a potential investor, hence size and volume of investments should not become the only measure of success of this partnership. Governments should make provisions that will allow for such partnerships to be more than only investments. It requires efforts from all stake holders. 

Conclusion-

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas occasion is an important forum to yield partnership with Indian Diaspora and they will contribute in the socio-economic development of India as well as Indian residing in abroad. Such functions should not be seen as mere investment opportunity, but also as platform for much greater partnership.


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