Indian-American Gitanjali Rao named first-ever “Kid of the year” by Time Magazine

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An Indian American girl 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao, a “brilliant” young scientist and inventor,  has been named as the first-ever “Kid of the year” by Time Magazine for her astonishing work using technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyber-bullying and about her mission to create a global community of young innovators to solve problems the world over.

In a virtual interview with Actress and activist Angelina Jolie, Gitanjali Rao said “Observe, brain storm, research, build and communicate.” Ms Rao was selected from a field of more than 5000 American kids ages 8 to 16.

Time said “The world belongs to those who shape it. And however uncertain that world may feel at a given moment, the reassuring reality seems to be that each new generation produces more of what these kids have already achieved: positive impact, in all sizes.” Even over video chat, her brilliant mind and generous spirit shone through, along with her inspiring message to other young people: don’t try to fix every problem, just focus on one that excites you. “If I can do it,” she said, “anybody can do it,” Time reported.

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