India has, time and again, produced a number of influential people who turned out to be an iconic figure and an inspiration for millions of Indians.
Here is a list of 10 most influential youth icons currently inspiring our youths.
- Virat Kohli
Easily, the first name which comes to mind when we talk about the youth icons of India. Virat Kohli has earned his reputation both on and off the field. He is talented, matured, and doesn’t lose his cool while playing. Off the field, he has his own Virat Kohli Charity Foundations which look after the underprivileged kids.
- Deepika Padukone
Her journey from the ramp to the Bollywood had been quite an eventful one. She is now the reigning queen of Bollywood and has made her venture into Hollywood. With films like Piku, Bajirao Mastaani, Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani, she has already captured millions of hearts. Her latest confession on her fight with depression has helped removed the taboo on discussing them openly.
- P.V Sindhu
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu or popularly known as P. V Sindhu is a professional badminton player. She created history when she came second and won the silver in Rio Olympics 2016. The calm and poised way in which she played her match easily make her one of the influential youth icon of India.
- Rahul Yadav
He is known as the “bad boy of Indian start-ups”. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Housing.com, a real estate search portal. Rahul Yadav recently came into the limelight for his controversial remarks, especially regarding the founder of Ola and Zomato and CEO of Infosys, Vishal Sikka. He proclaimed that he distribute his personal equity worth 200 crores to his 2251 employees, that brought him to the limelight.
- Anoushka Shankar
She is the talented daughter of Sitar maestro Late Pandit Ravi Shankar. She is one of the best sitar players and composers of India and became an international icon under the effective guidance of her father. She was nominated for the Grammy in 2003. In 2012, she won the Best Artist in the Songlines Music Award for the album Traveller.
- Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza is India’s No.1 Tennis player and is considered one of the most successful women athletes of India. In 2015, she was awarded the Padma Shri and has been recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
- Shahrukh Khan
The “Baadshah of Bollywood” has been one of the popular choices of the youth when it comes to naming a youth icon. He is not only a versatile actor but a man of wit and intelligence. When it comes to public speaking, no one can match up to his level. Moreover, he is a true blue family man which makes him all the more charming.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni
M S Dhoni, the captain of the Indian Cricket Team has time and again proved that he is one of the charismatic personalities in sports. With his association with the team, he has been a ray of hope for the small towners as he himself belongs to Jharkhand. He gleefully accepts his mistakes and when it comes to playing, his bat speaks the last word with that charismatic boundaries.
- Ravish Kumar
Ravish Kumar, journalist, and TV anchor with NDTV came into limelight during the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections when he undertook widespread field interviews in several states of North India and highlighted the needs and demands of the rural people. He is noted for his offbeat approach to explaining the current plight of the society.
- Koneru Humpy
She became the world’s youngest grandmaster at the age of 15. Not only as a chess champion, the young woman has been appreciated for her intelligence and wit. She is now in her 20s and is already an inspiration for millions of Indians.