Pravasi Bhartiya Divas

09 Jan 2019  Wed

The Father of Nation is a term which does not need any introduction or clarification it is an endearment used to address ‘Mahatma Gandhi'. 9th January is a day when Gandhiji the greatest Pravasi returned from South Africa to India in 1915. To commemorate the day each year 9th January is celebrated as Pravasi Bharatiya Divas by the Republic of India.

It is celebrated every year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community in the development of India. The Government of India considers that an NRI has a global exposure in terms of business and development strategies around the world.

This year Pravasi Bhartiya Divas will be held in the holy city of Varanasi from January 21 to January 23, 2019. Its theme will be ‘Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India’. The day was formally established in 2003 and was observed annually till 2015. A decision to make the event biennial was taken by the Ministry Of External Affairs in 2016, since then it is celebrated every second year.

Mahatma Gandhi was a great man, a visionary, a person of extraordinary moral and physical courage. Gandhi’s return from South Africa in 1915 was a turning point in Indian history as he plunges into India’s politics.

The above is an image of the Five Rupees stamp which issued on Mahatma Gandhi titled "Mahatma Gandhi ki Wapasi ke 100 Varsh" in Devnagri and "100 Years of Mahatma Gandhi's Return" in Roman. The stamp depicts a document titled "Golden number of Indian Opinion" and "Souvenir of the Passive Resistance Movement of South Africa". A young Gandhi is shown in Western attire.

Image Source: Mintage World

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