IAS Preparation – Current Affairs: Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

We hope that your Civil Services Examination (CSE) preparation is going well. Knowledge of current happenings in India and around the world as well as opinion formulation on important issues is vital to CSE preparation. Keeping this in mind, we at Byju’s Classes have decided to launch an Online Lecture Series on Current Affairs. In this endeavour, we will do an in depth analysis of important Current Affairs topics. The topics would be chosen based on their relevance to the CSE. Purely political topics or very controversial topics would generally be avoided. The aim of this series is not to supplant your daily reading of the Newspaper but to supplement your efforts. This series aims to be an enabling tool and will also help you in formulating an approach towards Current Affairs. This week is about Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. It is celebrated in India on 9th January each year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in Bombay on 9 January 1915. Established in 2003, it is sponsored by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the government of India, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region of India. A celebratory event is held on 7–9 January each year in an Indian city: a forum for issues concerning the Indian Diaspora is organized and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are given.