Source: News Bharati English03 Oct 2016 13:02:33

New Delhi, October 3: Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Sunday in New Delhi. He said, “The Indian Diasporas should be looked at, not just in terms of its numbers, but also in terms of its strength. For years the term ‘brain drain’ has been in vogue. But if we look at the Diaspora as our strength we can convert it this to ‘brain gain’.”

The Prime Minister said that Mahatma Gandhi had left India, but the call of the nation brought him back. He said that at a time when the world is keen to engage with India, the “fear of the unknown” can be the biggest obstacle, which the Indian Diaspora can help overcome.

He emphasized the importance of connecting with the Diaspora, by recalling former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s initiative the concept of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, which has been continued by successive governments. He appreciated India’s’ and the Ministry of External Affairs significant humanitarian work in the last two years.

The Prime Minister said that India has never attacked another nation. He recalled the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers protecting foreign lands in the two world wars, and added that the world must recognize this sacrifice. On the occasion, the Prime Minister also visited the exhibition on “Gandhi – Ek Pravasi.” He launched a booklet on Yoga Protocol for Diabetes control, and distributed prizes to winners of the ‘Know India’ Quiz.