From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Raisina Dialogue
Mains level : Raisina Dialogue and its impact on India's global profile
India`s annual global conference on geopolitics and geo-economics, Raisina Dialogue 2020 has began with the participation of over 100 countries.
The Raisina Dialogue is a multilateral conference committed to addressing the most challenging issues facing the global community.
It is jointly organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation.
Every year, global leaders in policy, business, media and civil society are hosted in New Delhi to discuss cooperation on a wide range of pertinent international policy matters.
The Dialogue is structured as a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral discussion, involving heads of state, cabinet ministers and local government officials, as well as major private sector executives, members of the media and academics.
This years’ agenda
The fifth edition of the Dialogue 2020 has been India`s contribution to global efforts to discover solutions, identify opportunities and provide stability to a century that has witnessed an eventful two decades.
This year`s Dialogue titled `Navigating the Alpha Century` is structured as a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral discussion, involving heads of states, cabinet ministers and local government officials as well as major private sector executives, members of the media and academics.
Significance of the dialogue
The Raisina Dialogue has acquired an enviable global profile uniting the best strategic thinkers of the world.
The synergies and collaborations in the Raisina Dialogue represent India`s deliberative ethos, as well as its international credibility and convening power.
The Dialogue has grown along with India`s diplomatic profile and will set the tone for its intensive diplomatic engagement this year.
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Mains level: Initaitives taken by the government to connect to Indian dispora
15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, 2019
The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in the holy city of Varanasi on January 21 to 23, 2019 with the
Indian diaspora having an option to participate in Kumbha Snan and attend the Republic Day parade in
The event would be inaugurated by PM Modi and his Mauritian counterpart
It will be organized by the Ministry of External Affairs in association with the Uttar Pradesh government
The theme of the 15th PBD is “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India”
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
It is a celebratory day observed on 9 January, biennially (after 2015) 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 sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce
and Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Ministry of DoNER
A celebratory event is held on 7–9 January in an Indian city: a forum for issues concerning the Indian
Diaspora is organized and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are given
The latest 14th PBD was held in Bengaluru, Karnataka in January 2017
MEA also organizes Regional PBD periodically outside India to connect with the Indian Diaspora in specific regions, familiarize them with the policies and programmes of the Government and enable them to contribute to India’s development and growth, and address their concerns