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TIME names Gurmehar Kaur as the Next Generation Leader

Gautam Dheer, DH News Service, Chandigarh, Oct 13 2017, 21:16 IST
Gurmehar attempted to drive home a strong message by holding a placard saying 'it was war, not Pakistan' that killed her father. Image Courtesy: Facebook

Gurmehar attempted to drive home a strong message by holding a placard saying 'it was war, not Pakistan' that killed her father. Image Courtesy: Facebook

Delhi University Lady Shri Ram college student Gurmehar Kaur has been listed as one of Time magazine 10 next generation leaders for the year 2017. The 20-year old has been hailed as a “free-speech warrior”.

The Jalandhar native earned prominence after she raised her voice against the violence by members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the college in February this year. She withstood all the threats, including that of rape and murder, on the social media for her stand.

Kaur was just 2-years when her father, an Army officer, was martyred during an encounter with militants in Kashmir.

Gurmehar attempted to drive home a strong message by holding a placard saying ‘it was war, not Pakistan’ that killed her father. The recent issue of Time magazine profiles 10 young men and women making a difference in the world.

Gurmehar is at the second spot. Kaur shared the news on social media on Friday saying, “Humbled and honoured to be mentioned alongside people I’ve always looked up to and admired as one of Time’s next generation leaders and as the first Indian woman to do so.

You don’t know the amount of strength and resilience you’re capable of till you are put to test. Peace and love for the win, always.”

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