Indian community

Indian community

India has an important link with Seychelles in the form of Indian nationals who have been among the earliest inhabitants of this island, mostly from Tamil Nadu and from Gujarat, who came as petty traders, construction workers and more recently as professionals. The Indian community comprises Seychellois of Indian origin in their fourth or fifth generation as well as professionals who came decades ago and became local citizens. Approximately 11000 Indian citizens are also working in Seychelles in various capacities. The Indian origin Seychellois constitute around 7% of the Seychelles population. The Indian Association of Seychelles, headed by Mr Ramu Pillay, Chairman of PillayR Group, organizes the Seychelles-India Day every year in October, Pravasi Bhartiya Awas Day in January, Cultural function on Indian Republic Day and many other functions. The Hindu Council of Seychelles, headed by Mr N. Ramani, Chairman of Ramani & Co, Chartered Accountants, celebrates Holi, Janmashtami, Dusshera and Diwali every year by organizing cultural shows, display of fireworks and distribution of sweets. A South Indian Hindu temple called Lord Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple is situated in the heart of Victoria and sees many India-related festive activities organized by Hindu Kovil Sangam.

Seychelles is also home to two Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awardees, namely, Chairman of Ramadoss Group of Companies Dr. V. Ramadoss (2006) and Justice D. Karunakaran (2015).

In addition, Mr. K.P. Patel (Chairman of Allied Builders), Mr. N. Ramani (Head of Ramani & Co, Charted Accountants) and Mr. Pravin Darad (MD of Allied Builders) too have received awards by the NRI Welfare Society during the 24th International Congress in New Delhi in January 2015. Mr. Patel and Mr. Ramani received Hind Rattan Award and Mr. Darad received Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Award at a ceremony where Tourism & Culture Minister of Seychelles Alain St.Ange was also present as the Chief Guest.