Jan 9, 2017

Text of the PM’s address at the Inauguration of the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention at Bengaluru on 8th January, 2017

Excellencies and friends,

To begin with, let me offer our deepest condolences to the people and government of Portugal on the passing away of Mr. Mario Soares, former President, Prime Minister, a great leader of Portugal and a global states-man. He was the architect of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Portugal. We stand with Portugal in full support in this hour of grief.
Your Excellency, the Vice President of Suriname, Shri Michael Ashwin Adhin, Excellency the Prime Minister of Portugal, Dr. Antonio Costa,

Shri Vaju Bhai wala, Governor of Karnaktaka Shri Siddaramaiah ji,

Chief Minister of Karnataka, Honourable Ministers, Dignitaries from India and Abroad,

And the most important of all, the global family of overseas Indians.

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome all of you on this 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. Thousands of you have travelled from far-off lands to join us here today. Millions more are connected through digital platforms.

This day is a celebration to mark the return to India of one of the greatest Pravasi’s- Mahatma Gandhi.

ये एक ऐसा पर्व है जिस में एक प्रकार से host भी आप ही हैं, guest भी आप ही हैं। यह पर्व एक ऐसा पर्व है जिसमेंउसकी विदेश में रहने वाली संतान से मिलने का अवसर है। अपनों को अपनों से मिलना, अपने लिए नहीं सबकेलिए मिलना। इस event की असली पहचान आन-बान-शान जो कुछ भी है आप सब लोग हैं। आप का इस पर्व मेंसम्मिलित होना हमारे लिए बहुत-बहुत गर्व की बात है। आप सब का तहे दिल से स्वागत है | - PIB