Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (NRI Day)
About Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Non-Resident Indian Day, literally known as Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, is celebrated on the 9th of January every year, with the prime motive of commemorating all the contributions made by the Indian community residing overseas, in the development of India.
The trend heralded from the year of 1915, when on the 9th of January that year, the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi had returned to India in the city of Bombay (now Mumbai) after his long trip to South Africa.
Hence, the date of 9th January came to play for celebration of this day and it was in the year 2003 that the concept of NRI Day was established in India, and it is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, the Confederation of Indian Industry, and the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region of India.
The celebrations are generally held between 7th to 9th Jan, in a different Indian city each year. The NRI Day of 2014 happened in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, while the NRI Day celebrations of 2015 and 2016 were held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat and New Delhi respectively.
The NRI Day of 2017 is all set to take place in Bengaluru, Karnataka.