Indian External Affairs Minister meets Mauritius VPM Showkutally Soodhun
This year’s edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), the largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin, had the honour of welcoming the President of Guyana, Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar, as the Chief Guest, succeeding the President of Mauritius, Rajkeswur Purryag. (Image: Times of India)
The Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, met the Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius, Showkutally Soodhun, during the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) held in Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, and Gujarat in India, to celebrate the centenary of the India return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa.
Inaugurated by Minister Sushma Swaraj, the PBD served as the platform for various meetings where the Minister also met with her South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on the sidelines of the three-day PBD that started on Wednesday January 07 and ends tomorrow, January 09, 2015.
Furthermore, this year’s edition had the honour of welcoming the President of Guyana, Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar, as the Chief Guest, succeeding the President of Mauritius, Rajkeswur Purryag.
According to a tweet by external affairs ministry spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, President Ramotar gifted Sushma Swaraj a coin commemorating the arrival of Indian indentured labour in Guyana.
Celebrated every year on January 9th , this occasion marks the contribution of the overseas Indian community in the development of India. The PBD is the world’s largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin aimed at enhancing networking and reinforcing commercial linkages.
January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.
So far, twelve PBDs have been held in various locations across India and over 4000 delegates have thronged to cities for the world’s largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin.
On the whole, it is estimated that there are 25 million people of Indian origin residing outside India.