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Best Regards

Sayantan Chakravarty


It is that time of the year again when India is preparing to welcome non-resident Indians and people of Indian origin. Extending all invitations and overseeing preparations for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in January 2007 is Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi. The hardworking Congress leader from Kerala has been stretching his arms, tirelessly, in all directions, trying to make the 5th edition of the PBD the biggest yet. He’s criss-crossed the globe frequently, and held several parleys with local Indians in several countries since he took charge of the Ministry in January. The manner in which preparations for the PBD are on suggest that this will be a very good event not only in terms of numbers, but media attention as well. The event manager is the vastly experienced Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) ably led by its Chief Mentor Tarun Das.

The PBD is the official event that lasts every year between January 7 and 9, and coincides with Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa, nearly a century back.

I have attended several PBD shows, and INDIA EMPIRE has media-partnered the GOPIO (Global Organization of People of Indian Origin) meet that is held in conjunction with the PBD.

I am convinced that there is room for a conference on specialized subjects like real estate, banking and hospitality/tourism. This year, therefore, we are organizing a one-day business meet for NRIs and PIOs on the subjects mentioned on January 10, 2007, a day after the PBD comes to a conclusion. The very prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has decided to be our Knowledge Partner for the event and has kindly consented to provide its very modern auditorium in the heart of New Delhi for us to conduct the meet. You can find details for registration on our website I urge you to join us on January 10, 2007 at 9 am for the meet where top industry people and key decision-makers from the Government will be interacting with the audience. It’ll be followed up with a Satya Paul fashion event, at a different venue.

In this issue we also bring you a business report that indicates why India is such a huge draw everywhere, besides photo essays of two events held separately in the United Kingdom and the United States. Our Pravasi section has been further strengthened with short stories.
Also, we begin a series of interviews on young Indian entrepreneurs who are doing India proud by taking on mega-projects and delivering world class results. Maytas Infra Vice Chairman Teja Raju is the first in our series of Young Entrepreneurs.

The weather in the Indian capital is changing rapidly. There is a fresh wintry nip in the air. I hope you decide to pack your bags and come calling to the capital early next year, and make the most of not just the northern Indian winter, but also the global Indian presence.

Sayantan Chakravarty

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