20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur, the daughter of a daughter of Kargil war martyr, who was in the news earlier this year for raising her voice against the violence that took place at Delhi’s Ramjas College, has now featured in Time Magazine’s list of Next Generation Leaders for 2017. While giving her spot in the prestigious list, the magazine has also hailed her as a ‘Free Speech Warrior’.
The October 12 issue of Time magazine lists 10 young males and females who did something out of the box in order to make a positive difference in the world. Gurmehar stands at the second position in the list. Others in the list include American actor John Boyega, American Iraq war veteran Richard Casper, NBA basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo, Belgain Moroccan filmmaker El Arbi and others, reported HT.
An English literature student at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, Gurmehar told Time, “Why should I keep quiet? While I never asked for it, I was pushed to the forefront. I realised that people listen to what I say. And if I have something positive to say, why shouldn’t I say it?”
First in the list was popular Star Wars actor John Boyega who was hailed as ‘a star of his own making’. He is widely popular for his character of Finn in the 2015 Hollywood movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film of the Star Wars series. Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role as Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block. He also bagged the Black Reel Award for Best Actor crown for this movie.
Boyega’s other credits include historical drama film Detroit (2017), four episodes of the television series 24: Live Another Day and the drama Imperial Dreams (2014).