As a young country, 65 per cent of India’s population is below the age of 35. There isa significant number ofIndian kids who are taking noteworthy steps to address some of the world’s major problems, inspiring hope for the country’s future along the way. Some also have invented and innovated for brilliant causes. Some have inspired us by achieving great benchmarks, others have moved us by their hopeful and generous view of humanity. The way they have attained this kind of brilliance so early is worthy of an applause. Here are 5 Indian kids who are an inspiration to all of us.
Kautilya Pandit, 10, from Haryana is incredibly good with current affairs and general knowledge. Without much help, Pandit is able to retain the statistics as well as informative details of 213 countries almost effortlessly. A few years back, Pandit also co-hosted the Children’s Day episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati with the one and only Amitabh Bachchan. Every student can achieve a benchmark like this if they head in the right direction.
Forget Viswanathan Anand, this young chess prodigy could very well be the next Magnus Carlsen. In an event featuring 21 Grandmasters and 30 International Masters, 18-year old Aravindh managed to beat four grandmasters and nabbed the prize for Open GM tournament. However, RB Ramesh, his coach, believes that Aravindh can do incredibly well if he gets to play at international events more often.
Moin M. Junnedi
Famously known as the ‘Boy Wonder’, Moin M Junnedi has been through more fractures in his entire life than he has bones in his body. This is due to a disease called osteogenesis impertecta, which makes bones so stiff that even coughing can lead to a fracture. But this didn’t stop 20-year old Moin from winning the 50m backstroke gold medal at International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) World Games in Puerto Rico. Apart from this, Moin also has the record for being the youngest Indian swimmer who has a locomotive disability.
Back in 2013, Satyam Kumar became a significant inspiration for IIT aspirants throughout the country. Though he managed to clear the examination in 2012 too, he was unhappy with his score, so he decided to appear again in 2013. Achieving an all-India rank of 679, Satyam also aims at qualifying the civil services examination later in life. Satyam revealed that he devoted 6 hours each day for focused preparation and he doesn’t like the idea of being a bookworm. He enjoys activities such as playing football, watching movies and scrolling through his smartphone. His firm determination to score well can be taken as a significant example to teach students that success is only achieved when you plan it with a clear and focused vision.
In order to keep playing chess, Kumar Gaurav mortgaged his house. According to his coach, Gaurav has the potential to become a Grandmaster. However, success didn’t come easy for this one. He has never got a chance to train with his coach on a real chess board. Instead, all the training sessions take place on various online platforms such as chess software and Skype. Moreover, since participation in tournaments across the country puts a strain on his family’s finances, this hardworking child travels (unreserved) for various competitions.
It is imperative for children to understand that they will have to come across various roadblocks during their journey. Children should always be willing to lose something if they are focused towards gaining something more valuable. Enrolling in a good scholarship exam is one way to do better and go beyond. Aakash Institute conducts an annual scholarship talent hunt exam known as ANTHE that uplifts the talent in the right direction. This scholarship exam is for the students of 8th, 9th and 10th standard, who get an opportunity of winning up to 100% scholarship. Talent hunt exams like theseare always a motivating factor and push children to make it big in life.