PM Modi inaugurates Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention in Indore
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the 17th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore saying that the world is watching India keenly. Addressing the opening ceremony, PM Modi said that India not only has the capability of becoming a knowledge center but also a skilled capital. Our youth has skills, values, honesty and determination towards work. Our skilled capital can become the world’s growth engine.
“Today India is being looked at with hope and curiosity. India’s voice is being heard on the global stage… India is also the host for this year’s G20. We do not want to make it only a diplomatic event, but an event of people’s participation,” the Prime Minister said.
“I welcome you all on behalf of all countrymen. This Convention is being held on the land which is called heart of the country. People say Indore is a city but I say it’s a ‘Daur’ which walks ahead of time but carries heritage along with it,” PM Modi said.
“I call all Indian diasporas as brand ambassadors of India. Your role as India’s brand ambassador is diverse. You are a brand ambassador of Make in India, Yoga, Handicraft industry and at the same time of India’s millets,” he said.
President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, who is the chief guest at the event, lauded India’s role during the Covid crisis saying, “When the world couldn’t find vaccine and you faced the challenge of COVID-19 pandemic, you showed the world what real love and hope is when India shared vaccine with the rest of the world.”
“India used fruits of its independence to assist other developing countries. PM Modi, we owe you a debt of gratitude. When world locked its borders & globalisation failed, you showed that globalisation can still succeed and there’s still love when hardest of times hit us,” Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali said.
The theme of the PBD convention is ‘Diaspora: Reliable partners for India’s progress in Amrit Kaal’, officials earlier said. More than 3,500 diaspora members from 70 countries have registered for the event, which is being organized in physical mode for the first time since 2019.