A prestigious moment as two Indians have secured the runner-up position and got awarded by the Duchess of Cornwall, for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021, which is recorded as the oldest essay writing competition for the essays written on COVID-19 pandemic.
Aditi S Nair from Delhi secured the senior runner-up position and Raisa Gulati from Amritsar secured the junior runner-up positions, after defeating almost 25,000 entries from across the Commonwealth. The winner of the senior part was from Kenya whereas the winner of the junior part was from Uganda.
Aditi Nair’s essay was titled ‘Prithvi Mata’ which emphasized the positive impact that COVID-19 left on nature. She spoke about her essay stating that “I used the earth goddess to symbolize the positive impact the pandemic had on nature, so in my story, she looks younger and more radiant. But when Covid-19 cases recede and humans start interacting again, she looks haggard again. Thirty years later, she ends humanity.”
Gulati, who is a nine-year-old from Mayo College Girls School wrote on the “Autobiography of Corona” which states how vaccines and lockdowns prevented the virus’s attempt to destroy humanity.
Both Nair and Gulati had come to Britain to spend the winner’s week which included a tour of the parliament, a visit to Westminster Abbey, which is a writing workshop, and a trip to Cambridge University.
It is a moment of pride for us Indians to cherish the success of these two young girls of their achievement at such a big platform.