Today is Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day is formally observed on January 9 , to celebrate the day when Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa to Mumbai, India.

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day is formally observed on  January  9 ,  to celebrate the day when Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa to Mumbai, India. The day is celebrated to acknowledge the contribution of the non-resident Indian community in helping in the development of the country. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 was conducted in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, from 8–10 January, 2023. It is important to note that this is the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, or NRI Day.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs  , the official theme of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 is “Diaspora: Reliable Partners for India’s Progress in Amrit Kaal.” 

The historical background of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas can be traced back to 2000 when the Public Authority of India chose to celebrate 9th January as a day for the NRI people group. The meaning of January 9, as NRI Day comes from the way that Mahatma Gandhi got back to India from South Africa on this day in 1915.

After this day was administered in 2000, it was first celebrated in 2003. Here are more insights concerning the historical backdrop of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.