2 Sikhs in Time Magazine’s List of ‘Next Generation Leaders’


Time Magazine released their annual list of the upcoming leaders of the world ‘Next General Leaders’. The list includes two people from the Sikh faith. One is young woman named Gurmehar Kaur who stood up against a right wing extremist group on her college campus. The other is the popular YouTuber Lily Singh whose videos have reached over 2 billion views.

Lily Singh

“It all began when Gurmehar Kaur decided to raise her voice. In February, she and other students at Delhi University’s Ramjas College decided to protest campus violence involving the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a right-wing student organization linked to the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which rules India. She posted a photo of herself on social media holding a placard reading, “I am a student from Delhi university. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone.” Read more: Time Magazine

Gurmehar Kaur

“For proof of just how creatively Lilly Singh can make a point, look no further than “How to Make a Sandwich.” The five-minute YouTube clip at first seems to be a standard cooking tutorial, with Singh cheerfully offering advice from behind a kitchen counter. Except she’s talking directly to a commenter—who wrote that “women aren’t funny” and asked why Singh wasn’t “in the kitching [sic] making me a sandwich.” As the sandwich is dressed, he gets dressed down. Try using fresh vegetables “to make up for your expired thought process.” When you’re cutting onions, “you’ll notice [they have] layers—just like your insecurity.” Read More: Time Magazine

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