Written bySiddhant Pandey ·
Kangujam (8) turned down the honor as she said the PM has not been listening to her demands for climate change.
After her announcement, the young activist was subjected to trolling, with some saying she never deserved the honor anyway.
Modi on Tuesday announced that he would give away his social media handles to women whose "life & work inspire us."
On Thursday, the government's citizen engagement platform 'MyGovIndia' tweeted about Kangujam's achievements, including her in the #SheInspiresUs campaign.
The young activist then thanked the government, however, rejected the honor saying, "Please don't celebrate me if you are not going to listen my 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
Thereafter, several trolls slammed Kangujam on Twitter. One person wrote, "This kid is already brainwashed. Please take her award back. She doesn't deserve it. She has fallen into the jihadi narrative."
"She is an Indian version of International scam," another tweeted, attaching a picture of Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.
After the backlash, Kangujam requested the bullying to stop.
Reacting to the trolling, Kangujam said she is not against anyone and simply wants the system to change to include her demands on climate change.
"I don't expect anything from anyone except I want our leaders to listen my voice," she said, adding that she had hoped her #SheInspiresUs snub would draw attention to her climate change campaign.
Addressing all politicians, Kangujam said, "I don't need appreciation. Instead, ask your MPs to rise my voice at the ongoing Parliament session. Never attempt to use me for your political gains and propagandas. don't appreciate it. I'm not in your favor."
She added, "Your MPs also dumb, deaf and blind. Nothing more or less by Government ruling MPs. This is complete failure (sic)."
Speaking to The Indian Express, Kangujam likened the #SheInspiresUs campaign to applying fairness creams—once you wash your face, it no longer stays on. She said, "Considering the crimes against women and children, I don't think [the campaign] can solve anything."
Kangujam has long demanded a law regulating carbon emissions and the emissions of other greenhouse gases.
Her demands include mandatory inclusion of climate change in school curriculum and an order restricting students from passing final examinations unless they plant at least ten trees annually.
In July 2019, she held a week-long protest in front of the Indian Parliament to draw attention to climate change.
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