Gulf NRIs honoured in India
New Delhi, January 10, 2011
India's annual convention to connect with its 27-million strong diaspora in over 150 countries concluded with President Pratibha Patil honouring 13 individuals and one organisation for their achievements and enhancing India's image globally.
Among those honoured with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman were Dr Mohiaddin Syed Karimuddin from Saudi Arabia, Mohan Jashanmal from the UAE and the Indian Community Benevolent Forum of Qatar.
'Overseas Indians are recognised globally as the 'knowledge diaspora'. Your skills and expertise will be vital inputs for India's progress and inclusive growth,' Patil told the 1,500 delegates from 51 countries who attended the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
Others acknowledged included New Zealand Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand - formally honoured on the day India's best-known global Indian, Mahatma Gandhi, returned to India in 1915.
'I hope we will see rapid increase in the number, size and scope of activities in India by our overseas Indians,' Patil said.
She announced that the next mini-Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in Toronto, Canada.
Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi welcomed professionals and entrepreneurs in virtually every field - from healthcare and education to research and commerce - to participate in and benefit from India's progress.-TradeArabia News Service