On October 8, Esha Bahal, an Indian student became the British High Commissioner to India for one day. British High Commission wanted to create a mark on this International Day of Girl Child which is celebrated on October 11, so they organised a contest and the winner got a unique opportunity to head the British High Commission for one day.
The commission organised a competition for women aged between 18 and 23 to become the British High Commissioner to India for one day. The competitors who wanted to participate had to submit a short video presentation on the theme "What does gender equality mean to you?" There were 58 students across the country who submitted their videos. Bahal among those 58 students won the competition and got the chance to become British High Commissioner for 24 hours.
Bahal siad, "Acting as British High Commission for one day has been a great and really unique experience. I've learned about the breath and depth of UK-India Relations - and had the opportunity to highlight the importance of gender equality and inclusivity, issues which are of great importance to me."
Bahal is currently studying political science at Noida International University, has planned to become a social entrepreneur after completing her higher studies in public policy and law. She was selected through the contest organised by Britain's Chief diplomatic office in India.
Britain High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith said in his statement, "I am delighted that we were able to run this competition and give young Indian women a platform to discuss their rights. I thank all participants for submitting their excellent videos."
The High Commissioner was impressed by Bahal and her video and said, "Esha is truly impressive. She is clearly committed to girls rights and her video was outstanding. I would like to congratulate her on success and wish her all the best for her future endeavors."
Esha was also given an opportunity to lead the meeting with the heads of departments across the High Commission to get an understanding of the work they are doing.
Our country is blessed to have talented students like Esha who are making India proud! Cheers to girl power!