Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra (PBK) — Non-Resident Indian Centre — in New Delhi today on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, as an institution to help engage with India’s vast diaspora and commemorate their trials, tribulations and achievements. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj was also present at the event. Indian embassy organised live webcast of inauguration of PBK and invited us to attend the show.
PBK is a tribute to the overseas Indian community and commemorates their migration to various parts of the world, the challenges they faced abroad, their achievements and contributions. One of the important components of the PBK is a Diaspora Museum, to highlight the experience of overseas Indians in diverse parts of the globe. The museum will depict the history of migration of the overseas Indian community; their experience and contributions. It would be curated by a professional curator, and contain artefacts, documents and photographs, etc. relevant to the diaspora.
Over time, the Kendra is expected to develop into a hub of activities for sustainable, symbolic and mutually rewarding economic, social and cultural engagement between India and its diaspora. Activities, seminars, events, workshops pertaining to the Indian diaspora are expected to be organised in PBK.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated in India on January 9 each year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in Bombay on January 9, 1915.