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Indian Diaspora is second largest in the world after China.

About 25 million people spread across 200+ countries.
5 million of them in gulf region.



1. Dr. HarGobind Khorana


2. S. Chandrasekhar


3. Venkatarama Ramakrishnan Chemistry

Remittance= Indian person working abroad, and sends money back to his family in India.
According to World Bank report, the remittances received by India is higher than China. (despite the fact the size of Chinese
diospora >> Indian).

China India

Remittances in billion dollars (2012) 66


Every 9th January. Since 2003.

Organized by Ministry of Overseas affairs.
This day is celebrated to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India.
It provides an interaction platform for overseas Indians to address their issues and concerns to Indian Government.

Because on 9th January 1915, Gandhi returned from India from South Africa.

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Note: some websites say Gandhi returned on 7th Jan. but official website of Ministry of Overseas Indian affairs says it was 9th

It is usually a three day event (7 to 9 January).

Delegates from various countries participate in seminars, conferences.
Speeches made by by PM, President.
Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards given to meritorious people.
This convention also helps in networking among the overseas Indian community. So they can share their experiences in
various fields, make business deals etc.

10th (Jan.2012)

11th (Jan.2013)





Global Indian: Inclusive Growth

Engaging diaspora the Indian growth story

Chief guest Kamla Persad Bissessar (PM of Trinidad and Tobago ) Rajkeswur Purryag (President of Mauritius)
About 2,000 Non-Resident Indian delegates from 44 countries participated in the 11th CBD.

In last four years, Two financial crisis emerged from the developed world.
2004-10, our GDP growth rate was 8%, but in 2011-12 it has came down to 6.5%.
But we are confident that things will be back on track.
So NRIs, please be partners of Indias growth (=you fellas invest money in India so we can develop).
We need new approaches to address challenges in infrastructure, education, energy, water and agriculture.
Indian expatriate community has developed a more global presence.
And in the process, theyve also become more vulnerable to economic crises, conflicts, civil unrest or just senseless hate
We are concerned about the safety and security of overseas Indians. (in individual hate crimes, and in national crisis such as
Arab spring, Libya etc.)
We want not just physical safety but also social + emotional well-being of Indians living overseas. Therefore:
1. Weve launched an insurance scheme for workers.
2. Weve established welfare funds in embassies for distressed Indians.
3. Weve created mechanisms to help vulnerable women abroad.
Weve signed four new social security agreements with Finland, Canada, Japan, and Sweden, to provide provide exemption
from double payment of social security.
Very soon well also sign two more agreements with Austria and Portugal
Weve also negotiating such agreements with GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries.
1. Weve launched this Rs.5 Ghadar Stamp
2. Well upgrade of the Ghadar memorial in San Francisco into a functional museum and library
3. Well also install a sculpture in that memorial, to honour Ghadar patriots.

In 1913, the Punjabis in USA and Canada founded Ghadar Party to liberate India
from the British rule.
Prominent leaders of Gadar Party= Sohan Singh Bhakna and Kartar Singh Sarabha.
2013 = 100 years passed since formation of Gadar Party.
Therefore, Mohan released a five rupee stamp during Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to
commemorate the Ghadar Movement Centenary

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Image on the postal stamp shows a few hands with torches.

Scholars feel this image doesnt relate to the Ghadar movement; the stamp should
have been more specific.

To attract Overseas Indians to invest in India, weve

1. Allowed QFI to Invest in Indian Capital market.
2. Foreign Currency Non Resident account Banks (FCNR) scheme.
To help Overseas Indians easily travel in India, weve
3. Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards
4. Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards

Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag, was the chief guest at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. He said
India wants a permanent seat @ UN Security Council, and we (Mauritius) totally support India for this.
We look forward to

Leaders and rich NRIs meet for wine-n-dine.

Only lip service.
No concrete action.
So far 11 PBDs have been held, yet following problems are not solved.
1. Air India doesnt have enough flights.
2. For NRIs it is very difficult to return home during festival season because All airlines intentionally increase the ticket price. A
ticket to ticket from Dubai to Trivandrum that usually cost Rs 15000 is suddenly increased to Rs.75000!
While Government amended the Act to give voting rights to NRIs. But problem= theyve to come back to India to cast their
vote. Now who has the time and money to do that?
NRIs want online voting facility or some other arrangement like voting at the Indian embassy in their respective country.
But Government is not serious about implementing it. So the whole NRI voting = #EPICFAIL.
1. Colleges charge way too high fees for NRI quota admissions.
2. For NRIS, the Pravasi Bharatiya registration fees was $250. So participation is limited to only the elites among the NRIs.
3. Indians languishing in foreign prisons even without trial or after the completion of terms. Yet no legal and financial assistance
is given to them by Indian embassies.
4. Lack of rehabilitation/finance facilities for those NRIs who returned home after recession in USA and elsewhere.
5. Gulf returnees are harassed @customs.
6. plight of the aged and sick parents back home
7. Psychological problems of the children who grow up without proper affection or guidance of their parents.
During PBD-2013, the CM of Kerala announced that Kerala Government is planning to setup its own Air Kerala
because Air India gives step-motherly treatment to Kerala workers in Gulf countries. (e.g. not enough flights, very high
ticket prices during vacation and festivals).

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians.
Total 15 awards given.
Two Important names (for exam) are:

Patricia Maria Rozario

Dr. Rasik Vihari Joshi

Contribution to


Sanskrit literature

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Why important for


Because she is the only woman among Diaspora

winner of 2013.

Because from 2009-12, no awards were given in

literature category.



1. President Rajkeswur Purryag


2. Subhash Razdan


3. Professor Gurusharan Singh



4. Ashok S. Vaswani


5. T.S. Ravindra Menon


6. Dr. Satendra K. Singh

New Zealand

7. Bava Pandalingal


8. Gilbert. C. Moutien


9. Mohammed R. Karuvanthodi

Saudi Arabia


Public Service


Community service

10. Ismail E. Ebrahim

South Africa

11. Dr. Narendra R.Kumar


12. Australia-India Society



Health care. specializing in otolaryngology (head and neck


welfare of Indian diaspora.

13. Indian Doctors Forum


Indian embassies across the world, send nominations.

If a person won this award previously, he can nominate one person.
All nominations go to the five-member jury. (Appointed by PM.)
Jury decides wholl get award.
Award is presented by the President of India.

Q1. Correct statements

1. Pravasi Bharati Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January because on this day Gandhi went from India to South Africa.
2. PBD is organized by Ministry of External Affairs.
a. Only 1

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b. Only 2
c. Both
d. None
Q2. Incorrect Statements
1. In terms of diaspora population, China is ahead of India.
2. In terms of remittances, China is ahead of India.

Only 1
Only 2

Q3. Correct Statement

1. PBD was started in 2003.
2. 2012s PBD was held in Chennai with theme Global Indian: Inclusive Growth.
3. 2013s PBD was held in Kochi with theme Engaging diaspora the Indian growth story.

Only 1 and 2
Only 2 and 3
Only 1 and 3
All of them

Q4. Incorrect Match

1. Dr. HarGobind Khorana


2. S. Chandrasekhar


3. Venkatarama Ramakrishnan Medicine


Only 1 and 2
Only 2 and 3
Only 1 and 3
All of them

1. Write 20 words (2 marks)

a. Komagata Maru incident
b. Sohan Singh Bhakna
c. Kartar Singh Sarabha.
d. Gadar Party
e. Patricia Maria Rozario
f. Dr. Rasik Vihari Joshi
2. Discuss the role of Ghadarites in the freedom struggle of India. (6m)
3. Briefly list the problems faced by Overseas Indians and the initiatives taken by Government of India to address them. (15m)
4. Write a note on the role of Overseas Indians in the growth story of India.(25m)
1. The sun never sets on the Indian Diaspora.
1. Do you agree with the criticism that PBD is mere a talking-shop? if yes, what steps should be taken to make this Event
more meaningful?
2. Suppose Air Kerala is setup. What precautions should be taken to ensure it doesnt become another white elephant like Air
3. Why are the Indians increasingly becoming victims of hate crime? What role can/should Indian Government play to address
this problem?

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39 comments to [Diplomacy] 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013: Highlights, issues, awards

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ans are

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1. D
2. B
3. C
4. C

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@Neha, PArtho
Good, all of your answers are correct.

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sir why cant we print this plz sir help us ffor tht

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hey Vrushali, for print pdf u need google chrome,open this page click on printpdf given at the bottom of the article,then press
CTRL+P,A new window will open as Print,then click on change button ,then select a destination as save as PDF..

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thank you chetan

parmod sheoran
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thanks mrunal bhai.

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D ,B ,C ,C

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nice article mrunal sir,,, crystal clear ,,, thanks

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thanks a million. This is the most important gathering of people. Very important for any state PSc exam.

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Sir ,your mock questions at the end of the article adds fuel to the fire and makes the end intriguing. ALSO important to note is that if
read properly one need not scroll back to find answers .Reflects the art/skill of your writing that makes obscure topics crystal clear!!!

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thanx Mrunal ..

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Nice content thanks

Manohar N
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Sir , we would like to have print option in your help us!!! Thank u !!!

Naveen Emmanuel
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Its already there mate.

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Thanx Mrunal
Jai Hind!!

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thanks mrunal jiii

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For all those who are having PRINT problem / or want the contents in PDF and who are NOT using CHROME, here is the solution
1) Go to this link Print to PDF
2) Install it and make it as DEFAULT Printer
3) For IE and MOZILLA Users Click the PRINT PDF TAB above New window opens > go to FILE > PRINT and you can print in

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What an article.
Amar ho jao bhai.

priyanka shukla.
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thank you sir,article is quiet comprehensive & helpful indeed!

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Why are the Indians increasingly becoming victims of hate crime??
Unable to answer

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200+ countries..???

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yes more than 200 countries, according to the page 10 of official theme paper released on PBD.

Noushad Wahab
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dear sir,
your articles are very useful, especially those who cant afford a Coaching.

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Many grammatical. Mistakes are ther plz check that.

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who is mohan?

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Chini Ji,
I think you are new to the site. There are few code names created bu Mrunal sir for our beloved (:p) politicians.
Mohan = Dr. Man-Mohan Singh :)

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thank you mrunal

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Those are not grammatical mistakes, just printing mistakes.

Devshri Sahu
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Sir I love you. You are such a great tutor.

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Gandhi returned from India from South Africa. Please correct this :-)

Sai Charan
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When you install a software called PDFCreator, available at, you can print to pdf from any browser, not just
chrome. From the available printers in the printer dialog box select the PDFCreator option and click Print. In my opinion
PDFCreator is better than using Save as PDF in Chrome browser, it failed many times with me.

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great awesome work mrunal ji

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Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag broke dwn wen he was in bihar caling bihar his second home was a bit touching :-)

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