Zest of Indian culture on Chinese soil
This is part of the Embassy’s social media outreach activity in China. Ambassador Vikram Misri addressed the gathering in Beijing yesterday. He said –
The Government of India and its Missions abroad have been observing this day, which marks the return to India in 1915 of perhaps its most important Pravasi – Mahatma Gandhi – who, after spending the early part of his activist life in South Africa and developing the tools of ‘satyagrah’ and ‘ahimsa’, launched himself into the Indian national movement.
About the event organised in India he said, This year’s event is being arranged as a very special celebration in the holy city of Varanasi from 21-23 January. Its theme is “The Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India” and this, as you know, is also one of the main priorities of the government, in which it is seeking the inputs of the NRI and PIO community. As in the past, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards will also be conferred on this occasion by the President to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in a particular field of work in India or abroad.
The achievements of our pravasis do India proud. Not only have many NRIs and PIOs risen to the top in their chosen professional fields but it is the character and attitude of our Pravasi communities that brings us the greatest credit. Whether it was in Tunisia, where there were only a few dozen PIOs, or in the USA, where there are now more than 3 million. Their essential family values, their work ethic, their law-abiding nature and their ability to become a part of the communities they are living amidst and then contribute to their wellbeing and growth are what endear them to their neighbours.