An ardent reader and active blogger, Aditya Raj Kaul has made a mark through online activism—creating awareness on social networking sites and getting people to step out of their homes to take action. “My father is a publisher, mother an editor and I love reading; we usually have discussions on current issues and when I feel for a cause or know I can help, I don’t hesitate,” says Kaul. He was included in India Today’s Youth Achievers list 2006 and was chosen among the top 25 Capital Change makers in New Delhi by Today Newspaper.
CLAIM TO FAME At the age of 16, he initiated an online petition to demand retrial in the Priyadarshini Mattoo rape and murder case. That was what made people sit up and take notice of him.
THE JOURNEY While studying Political Science at Delhi University, he was astonished at the tragic state of politics in the university. Deciding to do something about it, he got together with some friends to start a group called United Students, 2006—a Delhi based student’s organisation which has worked on several social issues with an aim to create responsible citizens and young leaders. He’s also the founder member of Roots in Kashmir—a worldwide youth initiative for displaced Kashmiri Pandits. Kaul has been working on several social issues simultaneously. At present he is the editor of an international monthly, The Indian and writes opinion pieces on politics and other issues. And yes, he is also studying journalism from Xavier’s Institute of Communications, Mumbai.
ADITYA RAJ KAUL, 22, Activist
“Activism was merealy an accident in my life. I want to
reach out to people through my writing.”