The International Labour Organisation (ILO) predicts that by 2020 India will have 116 million people within the age group of 20 to 24 years. For such a young, growing country, it isn’t uncommon to have budding talent achieve great feats at a very tender age.
Here are a few young achievers who have made us proud with their remarkable achievements.
1. Priyanka Chopra:
This extremely beautiful and multi-talented star shot to fame at the age of 17 with the Miss World title. Even her Bollywood career started at a naïve age of 19. Priyanka Chopra, one of India’s highest-paid celebrities, has also won the Padma Shri (the fourth highest Indian civilian award).
2. Sachin Tendulkar:
This legendary cricketer played his first International Test Match at the age of 16. He never looked back since then. His extraordinary milestones left the world awestruck. Undoubtedly, this young achiever is India’s gift to the world of cricket.
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3. Sakshi Malik:
With restricted financial support, Sakshi Malik succeeded in becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win the bronze medal at the Olympics 2016 at a young age of 24. Her journey of triumphs began at the age of 17 with her first International Championship win. Isn’t that inspiring?
4. Saina Nehwal:
Saina Nehwal, another young achiever, is the only badminton player, who has won at least one medal in every International Badminton Championship. She proudly claimed the world number 1 rank in 2015 at the age of 24.
5. Shubham Jaglan:
Unlike other 10 year olds, Shubham never thought of running around green golf course. Instead, he won two titles in two weeks at the World Junior Golf Circuit. What is most surprising is the fact that he is a self-taught golfer for the most part. We wait to see the Indian Tiger Woods emerge!
Defying age, these young achievers proved, ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’.