President Ram Nath Kovind while speaking at the valedictory session of the 16th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas convention through video conferencing said that it’s an occasion to recall the ideals of Gandhiji for individual as well as collective life. He said the Indian diaspora champions Indian’s cause on global stage and that on this day in 1915 the greatest Pravasi Bhartiya Mahatma Gandhi returned to India.
He added that it’s also an occasion to recall Gandhiji’s ideals for individual as well as collective life. India has one of the largest diaspora populations residing across the world in every corner. He said Indian diaspora has expanded India’s global embrace. Mentioning that 2020 has been a year marred by COVID-19 crisis, he said India has made the world look at it as the pharmacy of the world by supplying medicines to nearly 150 countries and that the recent success of the Indian scientists and technicians in developing COVID vaccines is a major achievement in terms of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
The President said the idea of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat is about self-belief leading to self-sufficiency and it would promote greater cooperation and peace.