PBD 2017: Networking, philanthropy on Indian diaspora’s mind

NRIs are finding the latest edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017 much more exciting and organised. People have clearly come for different reasons and set their priorities right, but the sentiment of connecting with fellow Indians is always there on the list.

Raj Mohini Chaudhary, who runs an NGO called SEWA – Asian Indian Family Wellness has come all the way from Minneapolis, US. She says, “The event looks much more organised than before. The best about this edition is that they have split the sessions under 10 different topics and already discussed them with Indian diaspora experts.”

“I wish they also take up the environmental issues,” she adds.

Vishweshwar Reddy Kalavala, who has attended the last three seasons feels that PBD gives him the opportunity to network with fellow Indians. “Yes, it is better organised than previous PBDs, but I am still not satisfied with the arrangements. I participate in the event to meet fellow Indians, who are living in different countries.” He said.

Visvhweshar is the president of Telangana Development Forum USA and his interest clearly lies in business, investing opportunities and philanthropy. His forum works for Telangana community in the USA.

Start-ups and Innovations which had social impact in India were termed as one of the best sessions at the Youth PBD by most of the NRI, we spoke to. Himanshu Verma, Founder, and CEO of Connected to India who made his debut as an NRI at PBD 2017 said, "This is my first PBD. From my conversations with delegates who have attended more than one PBD, I have made my debut with a good one. It is pretty well organised. Sessions are running well in time. The inaugural session was expectedly, feel good and mundane. My favourite plenary session of the day was the one around social innovation. My first opportunity to see Amitabh Kant in action. Very knowledgeable, dynamic and outspoken. Most important, extremely rich in content." 

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