New Delhi (NM Bureau): Monday was a special day for Esha. She was the UK Ambassador to India for a day.
Indian student Esha Bahal from Amity University, few miles away from India’s Capital, was nominated after a contest to take charge of Britain’s overseas diplomatic network in India for a day. She took charge of the British High Commission for 24 hours as the winner of a unique contest.
To mark the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, the British High Commission had organised the contest for Indian girls aged between 18 and 23 to become the British High Commissioner to India for 24 hours and Esha was chosen as the winner.
The competitors in the contest were asked submitted a short video presentation on the theme “What does gender equality mean to you?”. British High Commission informed that as many as 58 people from all over India contributed their video and the entries were subjected to scrutiny by experts to select a winner.
The successful entry chosen by the jury was from Esha Bahal, a student of Political Science at Amity University (Noida, near Delhi). After her success, Esha told media that she plans to become a social entrepreneur with higher studies in public policy and law after her graduation. Bahal took over as acting British High Commissioner for the day on Monday, October 8.
“Acting as British High Commissioner for a day has been a great and unique experience. I’ve learnt about the breadth 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 told media after her experience as High Commissioner.
News agency ANI reported that Bahal assumed the charge in New Delhi and led a meeting with heads of departments across the High Commission during the course of working during the day