• 24 Feb, 2024

Santokhi, Irfaan Ali, Modi Inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 in Indore

Santokhi, Irfaan Ali, Modi Inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 in Indore

Santokhi, Irfaan Ali, Modi Inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 in Indore

President Chandrika Prasad Santokhi of Suriname, President Irfaan Ali of Guyana, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India inaugurated the 17th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) on Monday January 9 in Indore. It was an overflowing Brilliant convention hall of thousands. More than 3,500 delegates registered for the conference. Dozens of Guyanese were part of the delegation of President Ali. Several Surinamese also attended the event.


Photo : Dr. Vishnu Bisram at the Inaugural Session of the 7th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 

Ali is the Chief Guest while Santokhi is the Guest of Honor. Santokhi was Chief Guest in January 2021. Presidents Santokhi and Ali showered lavish praises on PM Narendra Modi . They also reiterated condolences to him on the passing of his mother last week at age 100.

This year's Pravasi Bharatitya Divas theme   partners for India's progress in Amrit Kaal'.

More reports coming 

Dr Vishnu Bisram

Dr Vishnu Bisram is Guyanese born who received his primary and secondary education in Guyana and tertiary education in the US and India. He is a fourth generation Indian. His great grandparents from both his mother and father’s sides were born in India -- Gurbatore from Ghaizpur, Amru from Azamgarh, Sau from Chapra, Mangri from Mau, Bhuri and Bhura Singh from Bharatpur, among others. They all came at different times to then British Guiana (1880s and 1890s) to work on sugar plantations as indentured laborers. After serving ten years, they were freed laborers. They remained on the colony rather than returned to India, married and had children. They used the savings from indentureship to purchase landholdings to cement their ties to their adopted land. They were not given free land. Vishnu Bisram is ninth of twelve children of Gladys and Baldat, rural farmers, she also was a seamstress and he a taylor and they attended to a kitchen garden as well. Vishnu attended the St Joseph Anglican (called English) primary school from 1966 to 1972. In 1972, he passed the annual nationwide Common Entrance exam winning a scholarship place to attend the government Berbice High School in New Amsterdam, some 17 miles from his home village of Ankerville, Port Mourant. He declined the placement scholarship and opted instead for the private Chandisingh High School to which his family pad to pay a tuition. He entered for eight subjects at the Cambridge University Exam in 1977. Vishnu migrated to the USA in 1977 to further his studies. He enrolled at the City College of City University of New York September that year at age 17, studying Bio-Chemistry and also completing a major in Political Science. After his BSc in Bio-Chem, he pursued graduate studies in International Relations earning a MA. He went on to complete multiple post graduate degrees including doctorates in Economics, Sociology, History, Political Science and Educational Administration. Dr Bisram taught for over forty years in various subjects in the US. He also served as a newspaper reporter and columnist for over four decades and is a well-known pollster in the Caribbean region. He is a specialist on the Indian diaspora traveling extensively around the globe to research and write about Indian communities. He published countless articles on various subjects in the mass media, journals, and books. He also organized international conferences on the Indian diaspora and presented papers at many conferences. He was a guest lecturer at universities in Mauritius, India, Fiji, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, USA, and other countries. He is a well regarded political analyst on American and Caribbean politics. He makes him home in Guyana, Trinidad, and America and travels frequently to India.