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From Gurmehar Kaur to India’s youngest sarpanch: Meet achievers among Top 30 Under 30 at HT Youth Forum 2017

In the run-up to its sixth edition of Top 30 under 30, Hindustan Times profiles 30 young achievers who will be felicitated at its flagship event on May 26. Today we bring to you 11 bright sparks who have made a mark in disparate fields ranging from the forces, academics and art to entertainment and sports. What unites them is their never-say-die spirit, and the will to win.

punjab Updated: May 24, 2017 21:14 IST
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Hard work, perseverance and self-confidence. All our stars swear by this secret sauce. Reminds one of late President Abdul Kalam who used to urge the youth to dream big and work hard for sure-shot success. The 11 young achievers featured today may have had to contend with a multitude of challenges but they refused to give up, and banked on bare-knuckled hard work to succeed. HINDUSTAN TIMES welcomes this set to the sixth edition of Top 30 Under 30.

Gurmehar Kaur ( HT Photo )

A writer and activist: Gurmehar Kaur, 20, Jalandhar

Gurmehar Kaur became the face of the fight against the RSS-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) after she took to social media to protest against the alleged violence by ABVP members at Ramjas College. Know more

Abhishek Sharma ( HT Photo )

Bowled over: Abhishek Sharma, 16, Amritsar

This 16-year-old all-rounder from Amritsar achieved a rare feat when he became the first cricketer to bag two prestigious Board of Cricket Control in India awards. He lifted the Raj Singh Dungarpur award for being the highest scorer in the Vijay Merchant Trophy (2015-2016), and Raj Singh Dungarpur award for being the highest wicket-taker in the same tournament with 57 wickets under his belt. Know more

Manjot Kaur ( HT Photo )

In a bold frame: Manjot Kaur, 26, Ludhiana

A visual artist of repute, she started making waves with video art while she was studying at the Govt College of Arts, Chandigarh. A gold medalist in MFA, her works are now on display at the Government Museum in Chandigarh. Know more

Reality show ‘Risng Star’ winner Bannet Dosanjh ( Right) with musician Shankar Mahadevan (Centre) and actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh

Rising Star: Bannet Dosanjh, 22, Dosanjh Kalan

This young man from a village near Jalandhar became the latest singing sensation of India when he won the Rising Star reality show this year. Know more

Jabna Chauhan ( HT Photo )

Queen of the Hills: Jabna Chauhan, 23, Mandi

The youngest sarpanch of India at 22, it’s been quite an uphill journey for Jabna Chauhan of Tharjoon panchayat in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Born in an impoverished family, Jabna did odd jobs to finance her education. She was working as a news anchor for a local television channel when she decided to contest the panchayat polls. Know more

Ashanya Singh ( HT Photo )

She dreams big: Ashanya Singh, 14, Ludhiana

This Ludhiana girl shot to national limelight when she was declared the best NCC cadet in India and was honoured by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Know more

Dharmvir Nain ( HT Photo )

Well armed! Dharmvir Nain, 27, Bhadana

An accident while diving left him paralysed from waist down. Nain was about to get into depression when a chance meeting with a senior para-athlete had him turning to club and discus throw. Know more

Priya Paudyal ( HT Photo )

Born to sail: Priya Paudyal, 21, Chandigarh

This youngster won widespread admiration when she was adjudged the best naval NCC cadet in the Republic Day Camp 2017. She was also the gold medalist at the Nau Sainik camp held at Karwar in Karnataka. Know more

Anmol Singh ( Keshav Singh/HT )

All set for the civils: Anmol Singh, Chandigarh

This dashing youngster was adjudged “All India Best Cadet” at the Republic Day Camp of NCC from January 1 to 31, 2017. Impressed by his brains, brawn, and perhaps the winning smile, he was also selected for the youth exchange programme delegation to Kazakhstan. Know More

Navjot Kaur ( HT Photo )

The stick artist Navjot Kaur, 22, Shahbad

Part of the historic Indian team that qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after a gap of 32 years, and the team that clinched the 2014 Asian Games bronze, Navjot Kaur is an ace midfielder from Shahbad who took to the field at an early age, and continues to shine. Know more

Mihir ( Keshav Singh/HT )

Dedicated to discipline: Mihir, 15, Chandigarh

He was adjudged the Best NCC Cadet in Junior Division in the Republic Day Camp 2017 and awarded by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A student of St Kabir, Mihir is today an inspiration for many youngsters in Chandigarh. Know more

To know more about the other achievers click here

First Published: May 23, 2017 23:50 IST