The Youth Icons of India 2022

In India, January 12th is observed as National Youth Day to commemorate Swami Vivekanand’s birth anniversary.

Vivekanand accomplished so much in his short life, from resurrecting modern Hinduism to stirring nationalist consciousness. He was a role model for the country’s youth. Let us commemorate his birthday by honouring Indian youth icons who are inspiring millions of people through their various strides.

  • RIDHIMA PANDEY
    Ridhima, born in 2008, decided to speak out against the government’s inactiveness in the matter of climate change. Pandey grew up in the state of Uttarakhand, where she gained environmental awareness. When she saw the devastating repercussions of climate change in India in the form of the 2013 Kedarnath flood, she was moved. Ridhima was the sole young Indian activist who joined Greta Thunberg at the UN Climate Action Summit to protest governments’ lack of action on climate change.

    “I am here because I want all the global leaders to do something to stop climate change because if it’s not going to be stopped it’s going to harm our future, so if we want to stop global warming we have to do something now,” says the young environment lover.
  • ANANYA KAMBOJ
    Ananya Kamboj, 16, is a young woman who promotes football, peace, and youth empowerment. As a young journalist, she is the Indian representative for the Global Football for Friendship (F4F) social programme.
    Ananya has become a recognised champion of gender equality and women’s empowerment as a consequence of her participation in numerous programmes and empowerment activities.She has been a frequent basketball and football player when she was younger, and she saw how certain sports coaches propagated the concept that women can’t participate in sports. These stereotypical thoughts led her to launch own initiative called ‘Sports to lead’. This initiative has the goal of educating girls and women about their rights and assisting them in eliminating gender inequality. The plan is to use athletics as a platform for the campaign, which will include training and awareness sessions on how to battle gender inequality and prejudice.
  • BHARAT SUBRAMANIYAM
    Bharath Subramaniyam, 14, became India’s 73rd Grandmaster on Sunday, achieving the third and final GM norm at an event in Italy. The Chennai-based player finished seventh overall in the Cattolica event with 6.5 points from nine rounds and four others. A player must achieve three GM norms and a live rating of 2,500 Elo points to become a GM. He earned his third GM norm, as well as the required 2,500 (Elo) score.
    In 2019, Subramaniyam, who was 11 years and 8 months old at the time, became an International Master.
  • GARVITA GULATI
    Garvita Gulhati, dubbed “India’s Water Girl,” is the co-founder of ‘Why Waste’, an organization that has saved over 6 million litres of water with the help of between 5 lakh and 10 million people. She was awarded a ‘Global Changemaker’ in 2018, and she was the only Indian among 60 nominees from 42 countries.
    Garvita and her team of ‘waterpreneurs’ reached out to over 500,000 eateries throughout India in 2015, saving over 10 million litres of water and affecting over 6 million lives after observing that over 14 million litres of water was wasted at restaurant tables each year

    “I re-approached the problem of water being wasted in restaurants with the “GlassHalfFull” concept – looking at the water with a positive perspective,” says the 21-year-old.
  • AVANI PRASHANTH
    For her golf prowess, Avani Prashanth, a 15-year-old student, was chosen to the Global Child Prodigy Award 2022. Every year, a total of 100 kid prodigies are recognised from all over the world.
    When Avani was approximately four years old, she began playing golf. She made her professional debut in Scotland in the 2013 US Kids Golf European Championship. She’s competed in a number of competitions since then, including many Top 3 and Top 5 finishes at the US Kids Golf European and World Championships.

    A two-time winner of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour, she recently finished in the top 16 in the Asia Pacific Women’s Amateur Golf Championship and the Asia Pacific Golf Council in Abu Dhabi. She had the greatest Indian finish at the time of her debut, according to the school.

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The Youth Icons of India 2022

Vivekanand accomplished so much in his short life, from resurrecting modern Hinduism to stirring nationalist consciousness. He was a role model for the country's youth. Let us commemorate his birthday by honouring Indian youth icons who are inspiring millions of people through their various strides.