22-year-old Rudrali Patil’s heart was filled with delight when she became the British high commissioner for a day on October 9. She had stood first in a video-making competition on girlsrights conducted by the British High Commission and hence got the opportunity.


Rudrali said that each participant was asked to record a one-minute video on girls’ rights and suggest ways to improve the situation. The stellar video she created helped her grab this golden chance.

She is pursuing BA-LLB (fifth year) at Amity University Noida.

“I recorded the video and submitted online. Later, I received a call from the British Embassy saying that I have won the competition. The Embassy officials offered me to become the British High Commissioner for a day,” she told TOI.

In High Commissioner’s Shoes

On October 9, Rudrali wore a black suit and chaired a meeting with department directors in the British High Commission to become acquainted with its operations. High Commissioner Dominic Asquith mentored her throughout the day.

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“The High Commissioner was a paternal figure to me. When I was following him throughout the day, every time he met anybody in the elevator or on the staircase, he would follow up with the instruction he had given them. It is a really difficult task,” she told Asian Age.  She also explained how the deputy commissioner kept telling her how to take short notes before giving any speech.

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She described the experience as warm and very insightful.

Besides this, she also joined the British Deputy High Commissioner Alexander Evans for a programme, ‘Chat with a diplomat’, organised at the Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi.


“I had a pleasing experience of becoming British High Commissioner for a day. I got to learn a lot of things,” she told TOI, adding that she also received some awards and gifts.

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