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The day NRIs and PIOs are waiting for

Hyderabad is gearing up to host the mega event and welcome Indians from abroad, writes Vibhuti Agarwal.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 21:25 IST

On January 9, 1915, the greatest NRI of this century came back home with a noble vision -- a special mission and determination. This incredible Indian was none other than Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Father of the Nation.

It is to mark this historical day that people of Indian origin from different countries assemble to create a global vision.

The 4th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, will be held in Hyderabad from January 7-9, 2005.

The inaugural session will be held at the Cyberabad Convention Centre, while the Shilpkala Vedika at nearby Madhapur will be the main venue for plenary and other sessions and the Shilpraman Art Complex will be the location for cultural programmes and art and craft displays from various states.

Indians from all over the world will exchange thoughts and feelings over three days in Hyderabad during the mammoth celebrations. Besides, chief ministers of 12 states will interact with the Indian Diaspora and foster an understanding of their sentiments.

About 2,000 delegates, including 1,500 NRIs would attend the Indian Diaspora Day. To further entrench the importance of the role that Gandhi played in the fight for equality in South Africa, the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony would be Ahmed Kathrada, veteran South African Indian freedom fighter and long-time confidante of Nelson Mandela.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as on earlier occasions, will inaugurate the event on January 7th. The President will confer the prestigious Pravasi Awards on the last day of the mega event.

Apart from the plenary session with Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, thematic sessions on investments, education, health care, rural development will be held. Four cultural evenings will also be part of the occasion.

The Government, in order to showcase the strengths of Indian federation and highlight aspects of unity in diversity, has decided to take Pravasi Bharatiya Divas from one state to another year after year.

The event is also aimed at recognising the contribution of the Indian Diaspora who have not only travelled to far off lands to achieve their dreams of prosperity, but have also played a stellar role in changing the world’s perception of India.

In this world, where connectivity becomes affordable, cultural connectivity becomes crucial to make borderless India. Remember, we have common umbilical connectivity with our motherland.