Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 in Varanasi Highlights: President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards on 30 members of diaspora, including 2 organisations belonging to 23 countries
15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 Highlights:President Ram Nath Kovind today addressed the third and final day of the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in Varanasi. He also conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards on 30 members of diaspora, including 2 organisations belonging to 23 countries.
“Happy to have conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman on 30 members of our diaspora. We value your committed efforts to promote India and to work for the welfare of Indian community abroad. You are a living bridge between India and the world,” he said.
Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, the chief guest this year, surprised the audience yesterday by speaking in Hindi. Addressing the audience yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described NRIs as brand ambassadors of the country. While observing that people of Indian origin are in leadership roles in many countries including Mauritius, Portugal and Ireland, he said, “I consider NRIs to be India’s brand ambassadors. They are the symbols of our capacities and capabilities.”
Observing that his government helped changed perceptions regarding the country in the last four and half years, Modi said, “Earlier, people used to say India cannot change… but we have changed that perception and this mindset itself.” Addressing the over 4,000 NRI delegates from about 85 countries, he said that India is the fastest growing economy in the world and also urged the Indian diaspora across the to participate in the building of new India.