Jan 18 Thursday 2018 09:18 PM
The government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that no SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries apart from Sri Lanka will be invited to this year's celebration of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The event is all set to take place on 9 January at New Delhi .
Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is an annual event that is celebrated in India on 9 January to mark the contribution of people of Indian origin who have been making a contribution to the Indian community from outside India. On this day, India's Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi returned back from South Africa in the year 1915. Usually, representatives from other nations in South Asia are invited but this year, only Sri Lankan representatives have been invited. The statement was made by India's Ministry of External Affairs. The statement also mentioned that Indian origin representatives from more than 270 nations will also be invited to the event which will include representatives from Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America and South Africa.
Though the reason behind the exclusion of other SAARC nations is not clear, it seems that Indian government is more interested in pleasing its Western friends. While there might not be bad consequences for this act because this event is not that big event, when looked from the perspective of the world, but India should remain ready to be secluded in future events that may happen in other SAARC countries.
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