So­cial net­work

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - Con­tact: ac­tivists­di­ by Ekta Mar­waha

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.

CHANDRADEEP Ku­mar/­di­a­to­day­im­

ADITYA RAJ KAUL, 22, Ac­tivist

“Ac­tivism was me­re­aly an ac­ci­dent in my life. I want to

reach out to peo­ple through my writ­ing.”

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