Describing Indian diaspora as “successful, prosperous and politically influential”, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday called for a “mutually rewarding” partnership with it in developing the country.
“We welcome each of you — entrepreneurs, investors and professionals from the diaspora to participate in our endeavour to develop our motherland and restore its past glory. I promise it will be mutually rewarding and satisfying partnership,” she said at the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas.
Swaraj said PM Narendra Modi, who formally inaugurated the government’s annual outreach event for overseas Indians Thursday, had taken the lead in engaging deeply with them. “A successful, prosperous and politically influential diaspora is as much an asset to India as a strong and self-reliant India would be a source of inspiration for the diaspora,” she said.
The minister said overseas Indians had grown as a confident community of over 25 million people in the past couple of decades.