'Overseas Indian' magazine goes online

The monthly publication was launched online to connect 25 mn Indian diaspora.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 11:30 IST

An online version of the Overseas Indian, the monthly publication of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, was launched here Monday to connect and interface with the 25 million diaspora spread over 110 countries.

"The website -www.overseasindian.in- will act as an interactive platform and information resource for people of Indian origin across the globe," Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said while launching the website.

"The unique feature of this online version will be that members of our diaspora can also send their feedback, hold discussions, contribute news and events, give suggestions and spell out their grievances for redressal," Ravi said.

"Diaspora has become a major component in our socio-economic affairs today and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already acknowledged the diaspora's importance in India's aspirations in the future," the minister said.

Ravi said the website could also act as a help line for non-resident Indians, especially in the Gulf and other regions. "Everybody is welcome to post their ideas and comments on the website."

The website also provides basic data about the Indian diaspora in countries where there is a significant presence of people of Indian origin.

Manmohan Singh had released Overseas Indian in five languages - Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati and Telugu apart from English - at the 4th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Hyderabad last month.

From the next issue onward, it is being published it in three more languages - Gurumukhi, Tamil and Urdu. The online version of the magazine in all the eight languages can also be accessed at the website.

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 11:30 IST