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Disha, Shantanu, Nikita Who Is Next? Licypriya Kangujam?

Licypriya Kangujam began raising her voice to combat climate change and disaster risk reduction when she was seven.

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The Delhi Police claimed that Nikita Jacob, her associate Shantanu and Disha Ravi, who were arrested on Sunday, created the toolkit doc on farmers’ protest which was shared by climate activist Greta Thunberg on social media. Disha then sent the ‘toolkit’ to Thunberg via Telegram app. addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Prem Nath, Joint CP (Cyber Cell), alleged that their aim was to tarnish the image of India. The police claimed Disha, who was arrested by the force on Saturday from Bengaluru, sent the ‘toolkit’ to teen climate activist Greta Thunberg via the Telegram app. Nath also claimed that Disha deleted a WhatsApp group she created to spread the ‘toolkit’. Disha sent the toolkit to Greta Thunberg through the Telegram app. How much to believe in the entire police statement that time will tell, but one thing is sure that the tweet by these girls has created discomfort for the government. Agitated farmers wanted their voices to be heard and many think tanks and environmental activists supported their agitation. These young activists have their own opening and they are not influenced by anyone or anything. This generation knows exactly what they want and how they have to go about it, these global kids might have joined the stream in support of farmers, but they are not trouble for the country for sure.

Remember Licypriya Kangujam, the 8-year-old environmental activist from Manipur, became news after she turned down PM Modi’s offer to be part of the #SheInspiresUs initiative for Women’s Day. Licypriya had become a ‘Twitter liberal hero’ when she turned down PM Modi’s offer to be part of the #SheInspiresUs Initiative for Women’s Day. She became news after claims of going to represent India as a speaker addressing the UN in the 6th session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva last year. Well, the story behind Licypriya’s climate change movement isn’t that sweet. Licypriya is the daughter of Dr. Kangujam Karnajit, a self-proclaimed youth leader from Manipur and founder of Club 25 International, Manipur unit. Earlier, police had arrested Kangujam on the charges of fraud, assault, and breach of trust. An investigation of this case in May 2015 showed that Kangujam had conned the state and foreign dignitaries by using the UNESCO flag on his car. He had allegedly duped foreign delegates by promising travel allowances reimbursement, collected funds for the Nepal earthquake, and also tried to implicate a cabinet minister who had sexual harassment charges against him.

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Licypriya Kangujam began raising her voice to combat climate change and disaster risk reduction when she was seven. In June 2019, she protested in front of the Parliament House addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enact the climate change law in India. She is one of the youngest climate activists globally and has addressed world leaders at the United Nations Climate Conference 2019 (COP25) in Madrid, Spain asking them to take immediate climate actions. Licypriya has been campaigning for climate action in India since 2018, to pass new laws to curb India’s high pollution levels, and to make climate-change literacy mandatory in schools. She has been regarded as India’s Greta Thunberg, though she does not like the usage of this term.

Licypriya started advocating against climate change in July 2018. On 21 June 2019 inspired by the climate activist Greta Thunberg, Licypriya started spending a week outside the Indian parliament House to draw the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pass a climate change law in India. On 31 August 2019, Licypriya received the “World Children Peace Prize 2019” handed over by Mr.Charles Allen, Director of Partnerships of Global Peace Index – Institute of Economics & Peace (IEP), Australia in an event organized by the Regional Alliance of Fostering Youth and Ministry of Youth Sports and Community Empowerment, Government of Maldives.

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These young activists are here to bring change by saying no to conditioning and slavery. Well with their arrest what is going to change and who would benefit? The newspapers and TV channels get matters for sensationalism. They improve their TRP to get advertisements. The police get publicity and brownie points in their career if not bribes and bata. Those who don’t like them will enjoy his predicament; the advocates get fees and publicity. The overseas initiators sit safely in their cozy rooms and enjoy their handiwork but the person who made the post has to go from pillar to post for relief. In the meanwhile, they have to suffer mental and perhaps physical injury. Their parents have to weep pitifully and helplessly. Nobody thinks of the consequences or can even imagine or understand. Can’t the investigator quietly meet the person and get whatever information they need and take away any material that is relevant and tell that person to keep quiet until they are cleared? So much hype, suffocation, arrests, press conferences, why do we need all this? Even after arresting these young activists the voices around are going to stop?


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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for past 16 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs. Besides journalism, she is also an Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author.
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