New Delhi: NRI
Matters, an online platform for the Indian diaspora to get advice
on financial matters and share their thoughts, has again launched
an event whose winners will get a chance to attend next year's
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Jaipur.
NRI Power Podium, in its second edition, gives a chance to
non-resident Indians to share their views, voice their opinions
and get a chance to win the all-expenses paid trip to the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Jan 7-9.
"This year, the participating global Indians will present their
views on 'Business Ideas for Cohesive growth' -- a theme that
complements the focus on inclusive growth at this edition of
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas," said Tania Dey, editor of NRI Matters.
"Among them, two best applicants will get to fly to Jaipur to
attend the function," Dey said, adding the campaign is supported
by Kotak NRI Banking.
The event is expected to draw a host of dignitaties like President
Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Overseas Indian
Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi and Trinidad and Tobago Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Power Podium 2010 had received a total of 13,215+ signups and over
600 applications - all in a period of just one month. "This feat
was archived in the Limca Book of Records," said Dey.
Through the contest, the NRI Matters tries to sensitise overseas
Indians on the issues that concern Indian economy.
"Last time, three applicants were chosen to represent the Indian
Diaspora at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. It was more than an
exhilarating experience for them. They got to share a few words
with luminaries like filmmaker Meera Nair, former UN diplomat
Shashi Tharoor and tech evangelist Sam Pitroda," Dey added.
"Conversing one-on-one with Sam Pitroda helped me understand
better issues concerning information for global Indians," said
Karan Ratti, one of the three champions of Power Podium 2010.
Most of the people who have signed up for the contest have shown
keen interest to reconnect with their motherland and do some short
of business or charitable activities in India.
"East or West home is the best," Rajeev Awasty, who moved to US
almost 20 years back said in his posting on the website. Awasty
has shown interest to start real estate business in India.
"I would get in the real estate business in India and start my
company there. I feel the real estate business in USA operates on
a very different level of professionalism, along with keeping
speed with technology, I feel that the same can be incorporated in
Mohammad Amanul Haque, who is based in Saudi Arabia, desires to
meet President Patil. "I would like to ask: Why not the Government
of India grant equal privilege to our national game rather than
Apart from getting non-resident Indians and people of Indian
origin to share their views and experiences, NRI Matters offers
expert advices to them on issues concerning finance, real estate,
investment, citizen law and taxation.
A few months ago, NRI Matters had developed a new web-application
that allowed people -- notably members of the diaspora -- to light
a virtual diyas at the homes of their loved ones, anywhere in the
world, becoming a popular way of wishing 'Happy Diwali'.