January 2015 \ Interviews \ Interview—MOIA
"We will use technology for constant dialogue with Pravasi Indians"

Mr Sunil Soni, Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, speaks to India Empire's Editor and Publisher, Sayantan Chakravarty on a range of issues concerning the Indian Diaspora and the PBD 2015

By Sayantan Chakravarty
  • Mr Sunil Soni, IAS, Secretary, MOIA

The Pravasi movement seems have got a second wind. Do you agree?

Certainly a second wind in the sense that this year’s event is also linked to Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa 100 years back. So there is lot of excitement around this particular event. And the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was anyway celebrated during the day Gandhiji returned. And it is getting a link with this PBD event in Gandhinagar this year. That has created a lot of interest. The new Government is also showing a lot of interest because of that. Because Modi Ji, when he was the CM of Gujarat, I think he has been talking of holding this event in Gandhinagar since then. So he knows this, he is very keen on PBD being promoted. He had been talking about it whenever he has gone to US and Australia. He has talked a lot about this event. So when you say it has got a second wind, I certainly agree with you.