The Melbourne-hosted PBD saw the attendance of just a couple of dozen NRIs out of the target population of over 100,000 NRIs in Victoria Province that was held on Feb 21. One of the few who attended the event called it completely lacklustre, and added, this is the reflection that people abroad are losing interest in PM Narendra Modi’s efforts to promote his flagship programmes such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Clean India’.
That’s not all, as for instance at the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, that celebrated the PBD this year in Colombo, where just some 50 NRI prominent members attended the event, this despite an Official from the Ministry of Sri Lanka, Mano Fanesan being Chief Guest.
Critics and fans of the PBD alike say the government’s move to take the event abroad certainly impacted the event negatively. Some believe India as the venue drew NRIs who otherwise do not access India as often or as successfully as they do at a government sponsored and controlled event for NRIs that in the years past was a big success.