This is not the first time that the story about West Bengal chief minister's meteoric rise in politics has reached abroad. In 2010, her story was echoed at Yale University and in 2012, it made rounds in the United Nations.
The Trinamool Congress chief hasn't attended any of these programmes in person but that did not stop the story of her historic struggle and a hard-earned victory against a powerful regime from creating ripples across the globe.
The MP will speak about Banerjee's historic victory against the communists
The speech by O'Brien before the foreign audience will generate a good political mileage for Banerjee and her party. We have seen how various top leaders including Narendra Modi have engaged with foreign audience as a means to gain some pre-poll mileage.
Banerjee must make an optimum use about the positive image that her party leader is set to project on a foreign platform. These are opportunities to connect to the youth who want to know about the new-age politics.
The leader herself should also make personal appearance on such occasions to gauge what the youth and the NRIs are feeling about India and its politics. Afterall, she also aspires to play the role at the national stage and occasions like these serve a good opportunity to project her achievements and eclipse the negative perception about her in the local and national media in India.