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It’s your turn to change the world. Let’s not wait for inspiration but be the inspiration. This desire to change the world all sounds very heroic, noble and grand. But is it possible? Is it really possible to change the world, to make huge differences so that people hail us and shower us with praise?  There’s a difference between changing the world, and making a difference in the world, which is important to recognize. Yes, we can make a difference to an individual and even to groups of people. A few of us may even influence whole communities and societies but prior to this “We Need To Change Ourselves First”. My India is changing daring all stereotypes, conventionalized past and unfair prejudices. The focus of Indians is now shifting to eradicate unjust labels which only served to confuse and limit our ability to forge a better enlightened civilization.

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Fashion weeks were only about flaunting the best dresses, accessories or snazzy hairdos but apparently they are now amending the trends. Breaking all stereotypes of gender, size, age, transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi walked the ramp carrying the Indian saree. This was surely an exceptional addition of beauty beyond gender in Lakme Fashion Week 2016.

13-year-old boy Harendra from Noida

During last year in September, a 13-year-old boy Harendra, studying in 9th standard, used to sit on pavement outside the Noida City Centre metro station in the evenings after school. When once a passerby spotted the boy studying while earning his living, he posted a status along with the boy’s picture on Facebook, which later went viral on social networking websites in which a 9th standard student’s passion for becoming an army officer could be seen while sitting with a weighing scale and his notebooks. Praising the boys passion CM Akhilesh Yadav also offered to support the boy for his studies and felicitated him with a cheque of Rs 5 lakhs. Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime and here is the evidence that “Poverty cannot be defeated with wealth but by weapon of education”.

 

Alisha Abdullah

A Fierce lady Alisha Abdullah is India’s first female racing champion. The only female super bike racer and fastest Indian car racer is a young lady from Chennai and has been turning heads both on and off the racing circuit. With racing in her genes her father RA Abdullah was a famous bike racer and seven-time national champion. After all why boys should have all the fun, in this male dominated arena of sports she has bruised many men’s ego. She has been racing four-wheels and made history in 2011 when she became the first ever woman to make it to the podium in the Polo Cup. At the moment, she is part of the Volkswagen India team and is also in the process of building India’s all women racing team through her All Women Bike Racing Academy.

Srikanth Bolla

Srikanth Bolla, now a millionaire, considers his parents as the richest people on earth. What’s so fascinating about his success is that, he was born blind but it is just a part of the story. He defied all the criticism from the society about his blindness and was raised with utmost care and affection. He applied for IIT, BITSPilani, and other top engineering colleges, but did not get a hall ticket. Instead, he got a letter saying ‘you are blind; hence you are not allowed to apply for competitive exams. He then decided to apply to the schools in the US and got into the top four – MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon. Srikanth went to MIT (with a scholarship) and became the first international blind student in the school’s history. Srikanth Bolla set up a support service platform to rehabilitate, nurture and integrate differently-abled people in society. Srikanth helped about 3000 students in acquiring education and vocational rehabilitation. Later, when he thought about their employment, he built his company which now employs 150 differently-abled people. The blind boy is now ray of hope in many lives.

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