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Pravasi-Bharatiya Divas (NRI Day): Everything You Need To Know

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI day is observed on 9 January by the Republic of India to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915.

It is the flagship event of the Government of India. It provides an important platform to engage and connect with the overseas diaspora. This year, the events of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2021 will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world.


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, also known as NRI Day 2021, holds great significance as it celebrates the contributions of overseas Indians towards the development of the nation. These Indians located abroad play a huge role in the country’s economy and bringing foreign currency to India. The government also honours such people with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards. They are given to selected Indian diaspora members to recognize their achievements and honour their contributions to various fields, both in India and abroad. This year the PBD convention will be held virtually amid the pandemic. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi.


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated every two years on January 9. The day holds a special significance as it marks Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa to Mumbai in 1915. The day is being celebrated since 2003 and was an annual event till 2015. Here is a look at the significance of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in India.

Pravasi Bharati Divas Official Logo by Debasish Sarkar

2021 Theme:

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated with a different theme every time. This year Pravasi Bharatiya Divas theme in 2021 is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat”. The theme is for the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention.