GIS - October 26, 2012: India’s Relations with Diaspora Countries: Expectations and Aspirations was the theme of a lecture delivered yesterday in Port Louis by T. P. Sreenivasan, former Ambassador of India.
Organised at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade under the aegis of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign, the lecture brought together some 60 participants from different Ministries. Mr T. P. Sreenivasan has served in the Indian Foreign Service for 37 years. He has nearly 20 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy and has represented India at a number of international conferences organised by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Non-Aligned Movement.
In his address Mr Sreenivasan gave an overview of how India’s foreign policy has changed gradually and slowly in order to accommodate the requirements of Diaspora countries. This , he said has evolved in the formation of a Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Pravasi Bharati Divas and so many other machineries and mechanisms have been developed over the years with a view to strengthening the bonds with the global Indian communities scattered throughout the world.
Mr Sreenivasan recalled that both the Government of India and the Overseas Indian community have benefitted in a number of ways.
“Different communities have been brought to view India differently and their demands are different and what they can offer to India is also different”, he said. There are different categories of Indians abroad which stand at approximately 30 million today, he outlined adding that with the growth in several other categories, the Government of India resolved to develop a policy which would benefit all.
The Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Trade has been active for over five years now.It organises short and long-term training courses, workshops and lectures for diplomats and technical staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and other Ministries.These sessions are carried out with the help of resource persons from India and from Mauritius (academia, senior civil servants and private sector officials). The private sector too is given the opportunity to participate in some courses and workshops.