India has the second largest Diaspora in the world. The overseas Indian community, comprising of People of Indian Origin (PIO) and Non-resident Indians (NRIs) is estimated at over 25 million, spread across every major Region of the world. A significant section of this Community consists of highly skilled young professionals who have moved to various parts of the world and have been extremely successful in their respective spheres of work. A large number of Indian are studying abroad. The Indian Diaspora are the global Indians who have acquired new knowledge and skills wherever they have gone. However, they have continued to share strong bond with their country of origin, India.
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has created an excellent platform in the form of the annual event, namely, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas for engaging with the Indian Diaspora. In the present globalised world, such interaction with the Indian Diaspora can be mutually rewarding in economic, social, cultural and other spheres of life. I am glad to note that during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas being organized in January, 2014, the focus is on Youth and the first day of the Event, i.e. 07th January, 2014 is being celebrated as Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
The Youth, as we know, are the most important and dynamic segment of the population and are the future of any country. India is one of the youngest nations in the world. The Central and the State Governments of the country are engaged in taking various initiatives for the development and empowerment of Youth. In this context, an interaction between the young Indian Diaspora and the Indian Youth will be of great help. It would be an excellent platform for effectively engaging with the young Indian Diaspora.
I convey my best wishes for the success of the endeavour.
Shri Jitendra Singh
Hon’ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Defence
Government of India