NEW DELHI: India's youngest environmental activist, Licypriya Kangujam from Manipur has refused to be a part of the campaign organised by Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India on the account of International Women's Day. The campaign is called #SheInspiresUs where women achievers from India will get the opportunity to share their journeys with the rest of the world through Prime Minister's social media accounts.
Licypriya has turned down the offer while claiming that she doesn't wish to be "celebrated" as the prime minister doesn't "listen" to her and every other young activist like her's voice.
Dear @narendramodi Ji,— Licypriya Kangujam (@LicypriyaK) March 6, 2020
Please don’t celebrate me if you are not going to listen 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 turns down this honour. 🙏🏻
Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/pjgi0TUdWa
The government of India had shortlisted the little environmentalists as one of the female individuals to run his social networking handles, as per his #SheInspiresUs campaign. The initiative has been anointed to the women whose life and work will help ignite motivation in millions".
The official handle of the government took to Twitter to share a glimpse of the story of Licypriya as one such influence.
@LicypriyaK is an child environmental activist from Manipur. In 2019, she was awarded a Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Children Award, a World Children Peace Prize, and an India Peace Prize. Isn't she inspiring?— MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) March 5, 2020
Do you know someone like her? Tell us, using #SheInspiresUs . pic.twitter.com/bJLEDIwfpH
Licypriya responded to the aforementioned tweet and by writing her voice isn't being heard meant that her demands to act against and preventing climate change are falling on deaf ears hence, she doesn't wish to be "celebrated".
She tweeted again, further emphasising on her decision to not become a part of the national initiative on Women's Day. She asked, "Government don’t listen to my voice and today they selected me as one of the inspiring women of the country. Is it fair? "
Government don’t listen to my voice and today they selected me as one of the inspiring woman of the country. Is it fair?— Licypriya Kangujam (@LicypriyaK) March 5, 2020
I found that they selected me amongst the few inspiring women from 3.2 billion people under the initiative of Prime Minister @narendramodi ji #SheInspiresUs. https://t.co/N6Vmahm2PM
She posted again to draw the attention of politicians and political parties and to remind them of the fact that they are ignoring the global issue of climate crisis within the parliament sessions which are ongoing. She also mentioned that they shouldn't use her for their "political gains and propaganda".
Dear brothers/ sisters/ Sir/ Madam,— Licypriya Kangujam (@LicypriyaK) March 7, 2020
Stop all propaganda to bully me. I’m not against anyone. I just wants system change, not climate change.
I don’t expect anything from anyone except I want our leaders to listen my voice.
I believe my rejection will helps to listen my voice.
Licypriya has been fighting for issues like passing a law to regulate carbon emissions including other greenhouse gasses. She also wishes that the issue of climate change should become a subject and be taught in the school curriculum.