Celebration of Indian Diaspora begins Thursday in New Delhi

Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian delegation led by Prime minister Sir Anerod Jugnaugth, and comprising twenty parliamentarians, ministers, as well as several Mauritian journalists and ordinary citizens, will participate in the first meeting of the world Indian Diaspora in New Delhi beginning next Thursday.
According to information obtained in Port Louis from the high Indian Committee, Prime Minister Atal Beehari Vajpayee will officially open the event, and Jugnauth will make a special address at the event, to be attended by some 100 countries.
An Indian official declared that the initiative of the Indian government comes after the high level committee, instituted in September 2000 to determine what solutions to implement in order to unite the Indian Diaspora, made the suggestion.
The population of the Indian Diaspora is estimated at 20 million people living in 110 countries.
The committee submitted a report in December 2001, suggesting 9 January as the official day of celebration of the Indian Diaspora, as a way to recognise the constructive, political and philanthropic role played by those in the Diaspora.
"The date of January 9 was also chosen because it coincides with the date when Mahatma Gandhi, a member of the Indian Diaspora himself, finally returned home to lead the struggle for the independence of India from Britain.
Ghandi returned home after living in South Africa for two decades.
The "meeting will be an opportunity for members of the Indian Diaspora to create networks throughout the 110 countries of the world," organisers said.

04 january 2003 16:05:00

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