The Gateway to the Indian Community Worldwide


A socio-cultural magazine, BR International (formerly known as Bharat Ratna) provides varied editorial content suitable for the entire family with articles of interest to young and old. There is something for every member of the family.

Based in Hong Kong, BR International is the magazine of the Overseas Indian. Now in its 55th year of service to the overseas Indian community, BR can claim to be a household name among overseas Indians in Hong Kong and globally.


BR is a subscription magazine with distribution among a vast segment of expatriate Indians. We address a readership consisting mainly of Indian businessmen and professionals – settled and well established in the countries of their residence.

Having completed four decades of uninterrupted publishing as a monthly periodical, BR International is the oldest and most widely circulated Overseas Indian magazine. It is circulated in 91 cities throughout the world.

As an effective advertising medium to access the Overseas Indian market, BR remains unmatched. Our readership consists largely of affluent businessmen accustomed to free-spending, jet-setting lifestyles. Among our more successful advertisers, we are pleased to count bankers, investment services and jewellers.

BR offers the advertiser a chance to make inroads into a market that holds great promise.

Bharat Ratna magazine was the brainchild of Hong Kong business tycoon, Mr. Bob N. Harilela JP, who first put it together for distribution among overseas Indians in 1963. He realized that there was a vacuum of print media aimed at the cultural needs of Overseas Indians. Fearing a neglect of Indian cultural heritage and traditions among Overseas Indians, he set out to keep alive our ancient culture even as we assimilated alien cultures in our adopted countries of residence.

The magazine proved to be successful as the media organ of expression of Indian thought and tradition throughout the world. A socio-cultural monthly publication, it offers a platform for discussion, dissemination and retention of cultural norms, religious observance and other topics of general interest to the family.

To a large extent, BR International is responsible for keeping the vast overseas Indian community in touch with one another through news about them published in the magazine.

As we enter our 55th year in print (2018), the management and staff of the magazine pledge their services in a continued effort to meet the needs of the Overseas Indian community throughout the world. Wherever there is an overseas Indian settlement, there will always be the familiar BR International magazine in circulation.


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