Essaying change in India

Parvathi Benu talks to a news-savvy 15-year-old whose award-winning essay on India’s rising digital technology has won her a shot to fame

Published: 09th January 2017 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th January 2017 07:19 PM   |  A+A-


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In an era when tweets and tiny tales are the flavour of the day, 15-year-old Amrita Sahu revels in the beauty of the essay. The girl from Indore recently won the Tata Building India School Essay competition for her Hindi essay on India’s rising digital technology.

Managing to win the competition has really done wonders for her morale, “I’m more confident now,” says Amrita. “I’m thrilled by the win and would love to take part in more essay writing competitions and debates,” says the girl who studies in a modest government school. The Building India School Essay Competition, that began in 2006, drew over 3 million students from all over the country in 2016. For Amrita, though, news about the competition did not come through social media. It was through an announcement at school that this class X student at Government Higher Secondary School, Dhamtari came to know about the competition.

Being someone who loves to write, she was very confident that she’d win it. Incidentally, Amrita is the oldest child in a family of five. Her father is handicapped and runs a small shop at their house. When news got around that she’d won the competiton, it brought much happiness to this little family. “My family has always supported my endeavours. They’ve in fact asked me to try harder in life,” she says.
Drawing inspiration from her mother who tells her about the country, Amrita hopes to join the Indian Army as a commando someday. “I made this decision after looking at the condition of our country. I want to serve the nation,” says the teenager, who thinks that terrorism is the biggest threat to India today. And she isn’t shy of talking politics either! She believes that Narendra Modi is capable of providing solutions.

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