Sunday, August 26, 2012

When I met Hillary Clinton....

In May 2012, I got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact face-to-face with one of the most influential and powerful women in the world- Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the United States Secretary of State.

To watch the video footage of the show & my question (at 51:31), click here.

Secretary Clinton had a stop-over at Kolkata during her short to tour to China, Bangladesh & India. As part of the U.S. Government's Youth Advisory Council (for India), I was invited to Kolkata to meet the Secretary of State along with other members of the council from New Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai.

Photo Courtesy: NDTV
And if the thought of meeting the 'Most Admired' woman in USA wasn't enough, there came another stunner. We were going to be live on renown journalist Barkha Dutt's show- We the People on NDTV. 

                                                                                        Photo Courtesy: Pallavi Kaushal
It was an  open forum with Ms. Dutt playing the moderator's role. After a tête-à-tête with Barkha Dutt, the floor was opened up to invite questions from the 
audience. I finally got my chance and raised to ask my question on the issue of 
Outsourcing & Protectionism being promised in the 2013 US Presidential Election 
Campaign in USA in an attempt to address local sentiments over a shrinking economy 
and rising joblessness, a cut-down on outsourcing will result in huge job losses.

She replied, stating that it was a legitimate issue to be needs to be aired. She also spoke of the President Obama's goal of developing their own exports, improving education & skills training of the U.S. people.

                                                                                                      Photo Courtesy: NDTV
What really struck me about the former First Lady was her cool and calm demeanour. Barkha Dutt had pointed out at the beginning of the show that since the time Ms. Clinton took over the post of the Head of the United States Department of State (2009), she has travelled more than 7,00,000 miles to 95 countries which works up to around 25 trips around the globe! Despite so much travel, she hardly showed any signs of flagging energy, which is remarkable indeed.

To watch the video footage of the show & my question (at 51 minutes 31 seconds),
 click here.