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Pravasi Day celebration recognises invaluable efforts of persons: Bhatnagar

  Pravasi Bhartiya Day is a celebration that recognises the invaluable efforts of persons of Indian origins from around the world in the progress of India as a nation. This
11 Jan 2018 11:00
Pravasi Day celebration recognises  invaluable efforts of persons: Bhatnagar
Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Veena Bhatnagar (third from right) during the Pravasi Day Celebration on January 9, 2018. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

 

Pravasi Bhartiya Day is a celebration that recognises the invaluable efforts of persons of Indian origins from around the world in the progress of India as a nation.

This was said by Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Veena Bhatnagar during the celebration at the Indian High Commission in Suva on Tuesday.

On this momentous day, Mahatama Gandhi came back to India after making his mark with his immense struggle and undying passion to eliminate racial discrimination and inequality.

“He (Mahatama Gandhi) made a name for himself by fighting for Girmitiyas in South Africa against exploitation and all types of discrimination. He earned worldwide fame for that.

“He not only helped Girmitiyas in South Africa and Mauritius but on his persuasion, Barrister Mani Lal came to Fiji and fought for Girmitiyas for their equality.

“Mr Lal contributed immensely to the development of people of Indian origin in Fiji.

“He will always be remembered for his contribution to Fiji.

“Gandhi contributed greatly in the struggle against exploitation and inequality in Fiji as well,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

Pravasi Bhartiya Day celebrations on January 9 started in 2003 and have become a platform which connects people of Indian origin to each other.

“We may be out of India physically, but our roots have kept us connected to that great land and we must continue to be proud of our heritage.

“To be a good citizen of our heritage is more important than being the citizen of any nation,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

Tuesday marked the Pravasi Bharatiya Day for Fijians of Indian descent in Fiji.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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