Published By: Puja Sinha

Five Indian Young Trailblazers Making Headlines

Young Indians who are waging a battle to make the Earth a better place to live in 

Indian pioneers who are working at ground level to eliminate the world’s threatening evils of poverty, limit change and pollution 

Zoe Kothari

Kothair’s contribution towards the welfare and development of the differently-abled community has been commendable. Being a victim of road accident, Kothari herself has suffered the pangs of physical, psychological and neurological trauma. Her project seeks to build a repertoire of resources that would help differently-abled people apply to jobs, network and know in-depth about the laws pertaining to their protection.

Garvita Gulhati

A young crusader against water waste, Gulhati has formed a youth-led initiative ‘Why Waste’—an app that has teamed up with restaurants and people to save a million litres of water impacting a substantial chunk of Indian population. She has been at the helm of water preservation strategies and policies besides spreading awareness about #GlassHalfFull movement. The project after battling tons of obstacles in its initial stage has won her several accolades.

Akarsh Shroff

The Bengaluru boy Shroff has won the Diana Award for his immense contribution in the field of social work and education. His organisation S.P.A.R.K has accommodated about 5000 underprivileged children in its educational initiatives with active collaboration of 500+ volunteers whose 16,000+ hours of mentoring has made this impossible feat achievable from scratch. The contribution and resources are aimed at kids deprived of education and mentorship. The NGO has been working relentlessly in the field of education at grassroots levels by teaming with gram panchayats to set up internet facilities even in the remotest fringes of the state. Both anganwadis and orphanages have been equipped with devices facilitating better dissemination of education among the children.

Medha Priya

The architect has been fighting against climate change by implementing sustainable and ethical designs that seek to harmonise relationships people share with buildings and environment. Priya has been part of the award-winning design team responsible to head the IIM Visakhapatnam project – one of the top-rated green buildings in India. In the UN, Priya was one of the seventeen young leaders to lead the ‘We The Change’ campaign.

Soumya Ranjan Biswal

The environmentalist has been spearheading a crusade to conserve and protect Olive Ridley turtles in the sea beaches of Odisha. Besides protecting the shelters and eggs of the turtles, Biswal has also volunteered to clean the beaches and make them toxin free. Till date, he has been part of 230 beach clean-ups. Biswal is also actively working with NGOs to protect and revive wildlife in Odisha.