Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur who had attracted social media storm earlier in the year for starting a campaign against Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), has been included in Time Magazine's list of Next Generation Leaders for 2017.
Her post had gone viral on social media and attracted a lot of abuse and threats from ABVP supporters.
In the video, titled soldier of peace, Kaur, holding placards, said, "My mother made me understand that Pakistanis did not kill my dad". As per reports, she did this to promote peace between India and Pakistan.
Gurmehar, who has been hailed as a "free speech warrior" and the only Indian in the list, is the daughter of a martyred army captain. I am not afraid of ABVP. While I never asked for it, I was pushed to the forefront.
Interestingly, Kaur has been placed with the likes of Star Wars actor John Boyega, YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, and South African Comedian Trevor Noah in the list. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone.
Following both posts, Kaur received death threats and rape threats from certain trolls on Twitter, and was even criticised by celebrities such as former cricketer Virender Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda. "And if I have something positive to say, why shouldn't I say it?" the magazine quoted her as saying.