FAST-TRACKING INDIA’S ENGAGEMENT WITH ITS DIASPORA
Nayan Chakravarty, a technologist, who has spent considerable time in the Silicon Valley with firms like Apple and Infosys, was an observer at the Mini Conclave hosted online by the India Empire Magazine with its Global Advisory Board on February 6, 2021. He presents a summary of the Conclave ...
Welcoming everyone to the meeting, the moderator cited the fate of certain diaspora-centric institutions. He apprised the panel about the closure of some prominent institutions such as the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), Overseas Indian facilitation center (OIFC), India development foundation, and Global India knowledge. The moderator also highlighted the relatively low attendance during the online Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) held on January 9, 2021. He also mentioned that perhaps there is a need to increase regional PBDs to connect with people from different geographies who require specialized engagement.
Mr Winston Dookeran, from Trinidad & Tobago, formally extended a warm welcome to the panel. He concurred with the moderator, Mr Chakravarty, about the unfortunate closure of institutions that were commissioned long ago. In this context, Mr Dookeran also stressed the changed dynamics in diplomacy in the last couple of years. Mr Dookeran also congratulated the global Indian Diaspora that has made India proud with their exemplary contributions as leaders of nations and multi-national enterprises. He drew attention to Indian ethos and values that are critical in shaping the rich culture of India. Mr Dookeran also suggested a redesign of the connotation of the Indian diaspora, from being an extension of Indian interest in other countries to an instrument of collaboration. He recommended a fast-track renewal of diaspora-focused services based on shared interests in culture, value-based education, and commerce.