Sarika Katoch meets Queen in London

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Shimla: On the 60th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, Sarika Katoch, a youth development worker from Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, was one of the special guests invited to the Commonwealth’s headquarters at Marlborough House in London on 9 March 2009 for Commonwealth Day. On its 60th anniversary the group left behind its colonial past, becoming a free and equal association which has grown from 8 countries to 53 members.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is Head of the Commonwealth, herself attended Commonwealth Day reception and said, “Together, we should continue to work hard to deal with today’s challenges so that the young people of today’s Commonwealth can realize their aspirations.”

Sarika is also a regional Youth Caucus Representative for India and the Chair for Asia, a position which has seen her become heavily involved in Commonwealth activities. One such activity she works on is taking part in plays organised in local communities, where actors perform anywhere from on the streets to in schools, educating people about HIV/AIDS.

Sarika was also part of the Commonwealth Observer Group present in Ghana for the December 2008 elections, where she was the Youth representative on the team that was led by Baroness Valerie Amos.
On being asked whether the Commonwealth is relevant today, she responded with another question: “How can national and international policies be made which affect young people without even consulting us? That is where the Commonwealth comes in.”

“The Commonwealth is an organisation which treats young people as the solution by giving us a platform to speak out and make our voices heard,” added Sarika, who was also part of a planning team looking ahead to the Commonwealth Youth Forum, which takes place just before the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago this November.

Raised in Shimla and originally from Mandi district, Disha wears many caps which includes being part of a lead team of a fast growing IT company based out of Chandigarh. Earlier Disha was associated with My Himachal and visits Shimla regularly.

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4 Comments

  1. Good Work will be recognised sooner or later.
    Sarika has done a great in spreading AIDS awareness in villages where more than 90% Himachali’s live. Her recognition is a big boost for other persons working in development field.

  2. says: Sudeep Rawat

    Well done Sarika. You made me prideful so as my Country.
    Also, Disha damn good “Exclusive”
    Carry on.

  3. says: Nishant katoch [Advocate]

    we are proud of you sarika that you made our nation proud as well as katoch family although you may be inspiraton to all girl of India keep it up n best of luck for ur bright future.

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