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February 2011

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Sayantan Chakravarty


There were several events involving Overseas Indians built around PBD 2011 which ran its ninth edition since it started in 2003. The PBD has become an important global event in the itinerary of the global Indians. The attendance hasnít quite picked over the years, but it has remained stable indicating that the event is here to stay. For the organizers, may be looking at alternate dates in the month of December in future could help, as the captive pool of overseas Indians present in Indian cities is much higher in that month than in January.

Some of the finest minds are now a part of the Prime Ministerís Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians. They met on January 7. This year a link seminar with young overseas Indians was organized by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA).

Preceding the PBD was the GOPIO International convention and banquet, which is also an annual affair. While the relevance of the GOPIO is very high and it remains the most powerful body of overseas Indians worldwide, an unresolved split in the organization has not quite made it the force or united voice it could possibly have become. But the majority member nations are now on the side of the GOPIO International headquartered in New York chaired by Inder Singh.

It is this GOPIO that along with the newly-formed Global Indo Diaspora Heritage Society (GIDHS) held a commemorative luncheon in Kolkata to honour the memory of indentured workers. It was followed by the inauguration of the Kolkata Memorial plaque by Minister Vayalar Ravi of the MOIA (who has since got additional charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation), Minister for Railways Mamata Banerjee and Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy. The plaque has been installed at the Garden Reach port area. Several PIOs from across the world attended the event, and clearly the emotional resonance the project has had was palpable. The access control to this place is with the Kolkata Port Trust.

We carried out our 2nd INDIA EMPIRE NRI Awards night on January 10, the awards themselves were presented by Minister Salman Khursheed who has since been promoted from Minister of State to a Minister with Cabinet rank.

There are some interesting interviews in this issue.

With best wishes


Sayantan Chakravarty

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Rakesh Krishnan

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