Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 Celebrations in Seychelles Press Releases

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 Celebrations in Seychelles

High Commission of India


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 Celebrations in Seychelles

The High Commission of India in Seychelles organized the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Indian Diaspora Day) on 9th January 2019 at the High Commission premises. The event was attended by a large section of the Indian Diaspora from different walks of life. Amb. Barry Faure, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Blue Economy was the Chief Guest for the event, which was also attended by Amb. Selby Pillay, Seychelles’ High Commissioner designate to India.

Ambassador Barry Faure in his address said that the Indo-Seychelles relationship is one that has grown stronger over the decades since the establishment of bilateral relations in 1976. He said the bilateral relationship has truly transformed into a strong partnership which covers a broad range of cooperation and collaboration between the two nations and peoples. The Indian diaspora represents the historical and emotional connection between India and Seychelles and “over the years, the Indian culture has become an integral part of the creole culture, reflected in all aspects of our daily lives.”

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, the High Commissioner in his remarks said that there is a sizeable percentage of Indian-origin persons in Seychelles who have made noteworthy contribution to the socio-economic development and cultural enrichment of Seychelles. Indians have been historically recorded as one of the first settlers in Seychelles dating back to 1770 and constitute one of the five major ethnic groups in Seychelles besides the Seychellois African or Creole, Chinese, British and the French.

As part of the programme, a panel discussion on the topic “Role of Indian diaspora in the Nation Building of Seychelles” was held with the participation of eminent panellists from diverse sectors in Seychelles which included Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, CEO of Nature Seychelles; Mr. Antoine Marie Moustache, Principal Secretary for Agriculture; Mr. N. Ramani, Chairman of Ramani & Company and Mr. Jamshed Pardiwala, Chairman of Allied Agencies Ltd.

Dr. V. Ramadoss, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (PBS) Awardee in 2006 was felicitated on the occasion. Other members of the Indian Diaspora were recognized for their various contributions in Seychelles.

The top three winners of Round I of the Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz held during Oct-Nov 2018 were awarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. One of the participants, Mrs. Khushboo Dubey, who qualified for the Round II of the quiz to be held in New Delhi was specially recognized and her flight tickets were handed over by the High Commissioner during the event.

The Seychelles Hindu Kovil Sangam was extended a Grant-in-Aid of ₹ 5 lakh on behalf of the Ministry of Culture for its role in promoting & strengthening cultural ties between India and Seychelles.

The event also witnessed well-known singer, Ms. Sandra Esparon captivating the audience with her melodious rendition of the Gandhi bhajan “Vaishnav Jan To”. She was presented with a special appreciation letter sent by the EAM.

A Photo exhibition on North-East India titled “North-East India - Paradise Unexplored” was also mounted on the occasion.



Some photographs of PBD 2019 Celebrations in Seychelles

1. High Commissioner delivering his address

2. Slideshow of various activities in 2018

3. Amb. Barry Faure delivering his address

4. HC felicitating Amb. Barry Faure

5. HC felicitating Amb. Selby Pillay, HC Designate to India

6. A section of the audience at the event

7. Panel Discussion on the topic, "Role of Indian Diaspora in the Nation Building of Seychelles

8. HC felicitating the Panelists

9. HC felicitating the PBS 2006 Awardee Dr. Ramadoss

9. HC handing over Grant-in-Aid for SHKS

10. Ms. Sandra Esparon ings her rendition of “Vaishnav Jana To”

11. HC Presenting the Certificate to Ms. Sandra personally addressed to her by the Hon'ble EAM Smt. Sushma Swaraj