Eight-year-old, Licipriya Kangujam from Manipur has been making rounds of the media for her vocal climate change activism. Recently she has sought legislative action against the ongoing climate crisis in India. Reportedly, she seeks to convince PM Modi to commit to an effective climate change law.
The young activist had caught public attention when she had turned down the #SheInspiresUs tag Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come up with ahead of International Women’s Day. She had further refused to be among the women to take over his Twitter account.
“Dear @narendramodi Ji, Please don’t celebrate me if you are not going to listen to my voice. Thank you for selecting me amongst the inspiring women of the country under your initiative #SheInspiresUs. After thinking many times, I decided to turn down this honor,” Kangujam had written in a tweet.
Following the refusal, she has repeatedly been accused of faking her achievements and awards. Back in March, various journalists and activists alleged that several of the awards she has been conferred with — including the ‘Peace Award’ by the Global Peace Index — were actually handed out by the organisations her father, K.K. Singh is associated with.
However, Kangujam had subsequently denied all such allegations and termed them as “baseless”. She further stated that she was being targeted because she had turned down Modi’s invitation. “My rejection was actually not against anyone, I just wanted people to be aware of the global climate crisis and the government to take my demand seriously,” she said.