Bengaluru, Jan 8: The 14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - 2017 billed as the largest convergence of Indian diaspora, began in the country's IT hub on Saturday with the spotlight on the role of youth in transforming the society and India's potential to play the role of a 'Vishwa Guru' again.
Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the main convention of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - 2017 today, second leg of the three-day event, with Indian origin Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa in attendance as the chief guest. Modi will deliver the keynote address and also share the dais with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Launched by the Vajpayee government in 2003, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is an annual event to step up India's engagement with its diaspora and the congregation of NRIs and persons of Indian origin. The government decided to make it a biennial event last year.
January 9 is the main day of PBD as it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the "greatest Pravasi", returned to India from South Africa and led India's freedom struggle.
YOUTH PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS
The 'Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas' was inaugurated as part of the PBD - 2017 with an aim to connect with the youth, the new generation of Pravasis growing up all over the world.