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Scholar-Journalist of the Week: India’s top achievements

This week’s winner, Riddhi Kapoor, bats for possessing moral values to make a difference in the nation



A class 12 student of Apeejay School Faridabad, Sector-15, Riddhi Kapoor is a courageous teenager. That doesn’t mean that she is up a battlefield, but surely, she has fought a personal battle recently and emerged victorious. Kapoor lost her father due to Covid-19. And since then, she has taken care of her family. Not only that, she has been able to manage her emotions well and credits her mother and elder sister for being strong pillars of support in this difficult time. Read on to know more about her. Edited excerpts: 

Please tell us about your interests and hobbies.

I love listening to music. It motivates me to study, exercise and pursue all kinds of activities. Music is the essence of my being. I also write ‘shayari’ in the Hindi language, but it is mostly personal. I maintain a journal too and often write articles in it. My themes are focused on myself, my school and my country. I often pen down pieces based on politics and policies as well. I am a sportsperson too, I like to swim and play Badminton.

Why do you maintain a journal?

It is an activity that offers me an emotional outlet. I record my thoughts, experiences and problems in it.

What inspires you to write regularly?

Everything! I love my school and I have grown so much, thanks to the institution. I write about it often. I have been an active participant in sports and have taken up many social drives. My mother works with a non-governmental organisation, Plan India, that aims to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. I too have participated in a few events with her.

During Covid-19, I volunteered in ‘The Building Bridges Initiative’ that provides a framework for achieving positive outcomes for youth and families served in residential and community programmes. These experiences allowed me to learn a lot and form a part of my journal.

I strongly believe that one must possess and follow a basic set of moral values that form their existence. These must contribute towards the country and the society at large.  

How and when did you pen down – India’s top achievements?

As India’s 76th Independence Day was around the corner, I felt that we must remind ourselves about the achievements of our nation. And so, I began to jot down facts based on my research about India. It stunned me that there are so many things that we aren’t even aware about! I wanted to showcase the same in this write-up.

Your writing tips for fellow students?

It has to be original and carry some aspect of your personality. Your writing must include your ideas. Even if you are borrowing some information from the internet, understand it, research more and add some creativity.

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