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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017  


Ever since Media India Group was created 12 years ago, we have been working closely with several government and civil society institutions in India and Europe. In India, we work with several key ministries like the Ministry of External Affairs, Commerce & Industry, Urban Development, Tourism, Culture etc. Since the inception of PBD in 2003, Media India Group is associated with Ministry of External Affairs for PBD, and bought 45 delegation from Europe and we publish special issue of “India & You” during PBD. We also promote regional PBD by managing the social media platform in French language. We also organize two events “Dialogue with India” & “Francophone Evening” during the PBD for building strong network among the Diaspora and Indian govt. We organised the road shows of the ministry and the visits of the Minister and senior officials to places like Paris, Guadeloupe, Mauritius etc. 


This issue of India&You for the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD) holds a special importance as it is for the time that PBD is being organised in a biennale format. Earlier celebrated as an annual event, PBD marks the homecoming of Mohandas K Gandhi from South Africa in 1915. Through this issue we introduce you to the Indian diaspora that lives in various parts of world; their achievements, both in India and their current country of residence, have been phenomenal and their stories deserve a mention. This magazine gives a documentation of Gandhi's journey and recites more recent stories of diasporic entrepreneurs in India. Get to know what the Indian community around the world is doing, learn the various categories that they belong to, read about diverse topics ranging from politics to cuisine and read your way to a 'Little India' in foreign lands. Open these pages and familiarise yourself with an India you have never known.


Since 2010, Media India Group has taken the initiative to conduct a special session during the PBD, aimed at providing an inclusive platform for the delegates from non-English speaking countries, notably the French-speaking parts of the world. In January 2010, the total number of Francophone delegates was about 130 and we had hosted the First Francophone Dinner with the then Minister Vayalar Ravi on January 8. Ever since, we have repeated this dinner each year and on the same date, January 8, in order to provide quality and focused interaction between the minister and the francophone delegates who are not very comfortable in English. 


Besides the Francophone Evening, Media India Group has traditionally organised the Dialogue with India, in partnership with GOPIO International, which is an umbrella organization with presence in all major countries of the world. The Dialogue with India is essentially a day-long B2B event attended by over 600 delegates and several ministers from India and other countries attend it. This time too, the event will have a big business delegation from France, UK, Belgium, Mauritius, Malaysia, Guadeloupe, Reunion and Sri Lanka. It has traditionally been inaugurated by the then Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Vayalar Ravi and is held each year on January 10. It provides for a day-long interaction between the delegates and invited personalities, which include Heads of States, Ministers from foreign countries, Chief Ministers etc. 


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