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Gurmehar Kaur In Time's List Of 2017 Next Generation Leaders. Know Why?

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| October 13 , 2017 , 19:58 IST

Gurmehar made headlines when she raised her voice against the violence that took place at Ramjas College in Delhi. Many called her anti-national, others brave but the uninvited publicity ruined some of her chances at a better career but she didn't back out.

Her courageous act of standing against the student political leaders bagged her a spot in the Times Magazine’s list of Next Generation Leaders for 2017. The prestigious magazine showered her with the title of "Free speech warrior".

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Gurmehar is the daughter of a Kargil martyr and voiced a strong protest against Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad along with the other students of Delhi Univesity. The brave woman posted a picture of herself while holding a placard which read, "I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone."

Many were not very happy with her protest. So to irk the young female, they found an old video where Kaur made an attempt to establish peace between India and Pakistan. In her video, she held the placard which read, "Pakistan did not kill my dad. War Killed him."

Following the video, Gurmehar received criticism widely from the famous personalities who were mocking her for her childish thoughts. After being mercilessly trolled at various social media platforms and receiving rape threats, she lashed out at the trollers.

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She said, "Why should I keep quiet? While I never asked for it, I was pushed to the forefront. I realized that people listen to what I say. And if I have something positive to say, why shouldn’t I say it?"

She received the honour just after the few days when she threatened few teens on Twitter for reporting them to Police who made her memes which were defamatory. Gurmehar Kaur’s ‘personal work of nonfiction’ titled 'Small Acts of Freedom' is all set to be published by Penguin Random House India.