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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year since 2003 to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.

Since 2015, its format has been revised to celebrate the PBD once every two years and to hold theme-based PBD Conferences during the intervening period with participation from overseas diaspora experts, policy makers and stakeholders. These conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable them to share their experiences in various fields.

Sixteen PBDs

To connect India to its vast overseas diaspora and bring their knowledge, expertise and skills on a common platform, the PBD Convention - the flagship event of Ministry of External Affairs is organized from 7th-9th January every year since 2003.

Sixteen PBDs have been held earlier in various places of India so far as follows:

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
YearDatesVenue

2003

9-11 January, 2003

New Delhi

2004

9-11 January, 2004

New Delhi

2005

7-9 January, 2005

Mumbai

2006

7-9 January, 2006

Hyderabad

2007

7-9 January, 2007

New Delhi

2008

7-9 January, 2008

New Delhi

2009

7-9 January, 2009

Chennai

2010

7-9 January, 2010

New Delhi

2011

7-9 January, 2011

New Delhi

2012

7-9 January, 2012

Jaipur

2013

7-9 January, 2013

Kochi

2014

7-9 January, 2014

New Delhi

2015

7-9 January, 2015

Gandhinagar

2017

7-9 January, 2017

Bengaluru

2019

21-23 January, 2019

Varanasi

2021

9 January, 2021

Virtual

The 15th PBD Convention was held from 21 to 23 January 2019 in Varanasi with Uttar Pradesh as the Partner State. Over 7000 delegates participated in the 15th PBD. In reverence to the sentiments of the larger diaspora, two attractions were added to the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – viz. visit to Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and participation in Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on 26 January 2019 were also offered to the PBD participants. Heads of Missions in India also participated in the Kumbh Mela.

PBD 2020 was held in New Delhi on 9th January 2020 in which EAM interacted with Diaspora in eight countries through Video Conference.

Last year, amid COVID-19 pandemic the 16th PBD was held in a virtual format on 9th January, 2021 with the theme "Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat". The PBD Convention had three segments, namely Inaugural, Plenary and Valedictory. The PBD Convention was inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, and featured a keynote address by the Chief Guest, H.E. Mr. Chandrikapersad Santokhi, Hon’ble President of the Republic of Suriname. The 15 winners of the online Bharat ko Janiye Quiz for the youth were also announced during the Inaugural Session.The event was webcast live to all Indian Missions and Posts abroad.

The Youth PBD was celebrated on the theme "Bringing together Young Achievers from India and Indian Diaspora” on 08 January 2021, and was anchored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Special Guest for the event was H.E. Ms. Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Community & Voluntary Sector of New Zealand.

Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (RPBD)

Ministry has been organizing Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conferences (RPBD) to reach out to a vast majority of our diaspora, who for various reasons, are unable to attend the main biennial event in India and benefit from its deliberations. This is in response to a strong and persistent demand for holding such events regionally. These have elicited enthusiastic support from the Indian diaspora and the local Governments and have been highly successful. So far, ten RPBDs have been held as per details below:

Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (RPBD)
Sr. No.CityCountryDate

1

New York

USA

24 Sept. 2007

2.

Singapore

Singapore

10-11 Oct. 2008

3.

The Hague

Netherlands

19 Sept. 2009

4.

Durban

South Africa

1-2 Oct. 2010

5.

Toronto

Canada

8-10 June 2011

6.

Port Louis

Mauritius

27-28 Oct. 2012

7.

Sydney

Australia

10-12 Nov. 2013

8.

London

United Kingdom

16-18 Oct. 2014

9.

Los Angeles

USA

14-15 Nov. 2015

10.

Singapore

Singapore

6-7 Jan. 2018

Chief Guests at PBD Conventions:

Chief Guests at PBD Conventions
Sr. No.PBD YearName & PositionCountry

1

2003

Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Prime Minister

Mauritius

2

2004

Shri Bharrat Jagdeo, President

Guyana

3

2005

Shri J.R. Ajodhia, Vice President

Suriname

4

2006

Shri Ahmed Kathrada, Political Activist
and a Contemporay of Nelson Mandela

South Africa

5

2007

Prof. S. Jayakumar, Dy. Prime Minister

Singapore

6

2008

Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister

Mauritius

7

2009

Dr. Ramdien Sardjoe, Vice President

Suriname

8

2010

Dr. Khalid Hameed, Chairman, Alpha Hospital Group

UK

9

2011

Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor General

New Zealand

10

2012

H.E. Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessar

Trinidad and Tobago

11

2013

Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag, President

Mauritius

12

2014

Dato Sri G. Palanivel, Federal Minister for Natural Resources and Environment

Malaysia

13

2015

H.E. Mr. Donald Rabinderanauth Ramotar, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Guyana

14

2017

Dr. Antonio Costa, Prime Minister

Portugal

15

2019

Mr. Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister

Mauritius

16

2021

H.E. Mr. Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President

Suriname

Archives

The year wise list of Speakers of various PBD events is as follows:

The year wise list of Speakers of various PBD events
Sr. No.YearDownload
12021Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(21 KB)
22019Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(21 KB)
32013Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(21 KB)
42012Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(19 KB)
52011Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(23 KB)
62010Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(22 KB)
72009Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(104 KB)
82008Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(84 KB)
92007Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(92 KB)
102006Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(83 KB)
112005Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(104 KB)
122004Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(93 KB)
132003Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(113 KB)

The year wise list of PBD Theme Paper is as follows:

The year wise list of PBD Theme Paper
Sr. No.YearDownload
12021Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.53 MB)
22019Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.53 MB)
32013Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.53 MB)
42012Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(242 KB)
52011Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.76 MB)
62010Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.55 MB)
72009Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.02 MB)
82008Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(906 KB)