Tytler wants NRI meet not to turn into a 'tamasha'
Sonia Gandhi said, ''Don’t take the overseas Indians lightly.
They mean business. They are serious people"


Indians in Africa have been urged to participate actively in the third diaspora meet that will be held this time with a more business-oriented approach in Mumbai in January.

Minister of state for overseas Indian affairs Jagdish Tytler Thursday ended four days of discussions with local communities in Kenya and South Africa in which he went to great pains to explain why the third Pravasi Bharatiya Divas would be different.

“In the past, there was a lot of talk. Lots of problems were discussed, there was good food and entertainment and that was the end of it,” Tytler said here.

“Then they all went home. Ministers went back to their states and nothing came out of it. Because of this, people started losing faith and began calling it a ‘tamasha’.

” Tytler said he had been requested by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi to avoid this at all costs.

“She said to me: ‘Don’t take the overseas Indians lightly. They mean business. They are serious people. They have made a name for themselves and they have brought a work culture that we are all proud of.’”

To achieve this, several areas had been identified for special attention at the event in January.

These include education, tourism, infrastructure, science and technology, nuclear medicine. Tytler said all chief ministers would also be asked to come with full business plans of their states.