• The Embassy of India in association with the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), organised Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 on January 9 at the Indian Cultural Centre premises.
• A promotional video on PBD and another video on participation of Indian Diaspora during the last PBD were screened.
• The meeting was attended by over 300 members from the Indian community, including previous years PBD delegates from Qatar, community leaders and members of various affiliated organisations.
About Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
• (Non-Resident Indians’ Day) is a day celebrated each year on January 9 by India to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India.
• The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India on 9 January 1915.
Key highlights of this event
• The event started with the lighting of the lamp by Ambassador P Kumaran, along with ICC Acting President and Presidents of other apex Indian community bodies under the aegis of the Embassy of India.
• Acting ICC President A P Manikantan welcomed the gathering.
• The Ambassador, who was the Chief Guest at the event, reiterated the importance and historical relevance of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. He encouraged the Indian community in Qatar to take active part in PBD 2019 planned from January 21-23, 2019 at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
• During the event, a video clipping of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite song ‘Vaishnav Jan Te’ rendered by a Qatar-based singer Ahmed Abdulrahim was also shown. Ambassador P Kumaran presented the singer with a plaque of appreciation. The rendition of the bhajan is a part of ongoing celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
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