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8-year-old activist Licypriya accused of ‘faking’ achievements, denies all allegations

Climate activist Licypriya Kangujam had turned down PM Modi's invitation to be honoured on Women's Day, and says she is being targeted because of that.

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New Delhi: Licypriya Kangujam, the eight-year-old girl from Manipur who rose to fame by campaigning for a climate change law, has now been accused of faking her achievements. 

She, however, denies the allegations. 

Kangujam had Friday made waves when she rejected the #SheInspiresUs tag Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come up with ahead of International Women’s Day. She had also refused to be among the women to take over his Twitter account. 

“Dear @narendramodi Ji, Please don’t celebrate me if you are not going to listen to my voice. Thank you for selecting me amongst the inspiring women of the country under your initiative #SheInspiresUs. After thinking many times, I decided to turn down this honour,” she had tweeted.

On Sunday, however, political activist Angellica Aribam referred to an article in the Imphal Free Press that appeared last April, and allegedly found some of Kangujam’s claims of speaking at a UN function in 2019 to be false. 

 

Other journalists and activists have also alleged that several of the awards she has been conferred with — including the ‘Peace Award’ by the Global Peace Index — were actually handed out by organisations her father, K.K. Singh, is associated with.

Kangujam and Singh, however, told ThePrint through Twitter that the allegations were “baseless”, and that the accusers were making her a “controversial figure” by “polarising people” due to her “rejection of PM Modi’s honour”.   

“How many fathers are going to push people to give their daughters awards?” she asked.  “If I wanted and was fond of achievements, then I might have gone today and met with PM Narendra Modi to take over his social media account. I’m one of the women who was offered it.” 

Kangujam said since she turned down the PM, she was being harassed by trolls. “My rejection was actually not against anyone,” she said. “I just wanted people to be aware of the global climate crisis and the government to take my demand seriously.” 

On the allegations, she further said, “They are just attempting to malign my image.” 


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The allegations against father and daughter

In April 2019, the International Youth Conference, an organisation chaired by Kangujam’s father, put out a press release saying she had been invited to speak at a global UN session on ‘Disaster Risks Reduction’.  An article in East Mojo, however, found that she was not invited to speak at the event, but did attend it. 

In September 2019, news of Kangujam winning the World Children Peace Prize 2019 from the Sydney-based Global Peace Index also made the rounds. The award was handed to Kangujam by Charles Allen, Executive Director of Institute for Economics & Peace, in the Maldives.  

The Global Peace Index has clarified over Twitter that it did not hand out the award, but that it had been conferred by the “organisers” of the event. 

“I did not want to raise the issue before, or make it too public because she’s only a child,” said Kumar Manish, a former journalist who had reached out to Global Peace Index for clarification earlier this year. “When I did some digging, I found that her father chaired several of the organisations that have given her awards.”

Singh, however, denied having played a part in any of Kangujam’s awards. “How can I ask others to invite her? People love and honour her, which is why she is given awards, but they are not doing it at my behest,” he said. 

‘Father has a criminal record’

The Imphal Free Press article also claimed that Singh, chairman of the International Youth Conference, had been arrested in 2015 after being charged under sections 420 (fraud), 324 (assault) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) under the Indian Penal Code. He had allegedly held a ‘World Youth Summit’ and owed a caterer Rs 19 lakh. 

Singh is also the “founder” of several youth summits and award programmes, according to his website. Some of these include the Global Youth Meet, World Youth Summit, South Asian Youth Summit, Africa Youth Forum, Asia-Pacific Youth Forum, World Youth General Assembly, and the World Youth Prize. 

Asked about these matters, Singh admitted he did have some financial struggles. “I was unable to pay the food bill for the 2015 event we held, but I am in the process of paying that money back. But that doesn’t make me and my work fraudulent. IFP (Imphal Free Press) has worked to tarnish my image for some years, and is now targeting my daughter,” he said. 


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Licypriya do your father or any body in the family consume cigratte ,bidi,paangutka ?? If yes first stop them .Charity begins at home

  2. Licypriya , what will hapoen if she denies???

    Its a fact, it doesn’t require approvals or acceptance. Her father is a conman. I have proof. Not only 1 but he has cheated 100s of youths and now he is spoiling this girl, licypriya’s career. I have all proofs against him. Not 1 but many proofs.

    Ping me on my WhatsApp or email and I will share all details. 7008527840 / jevessbansal@gmail.com

  3. I first exposed his father Kangujam Kanarjit in 2014 and he absconded from Manipur along with his family. He even sold the Club 25 rented house to two individuals who had no idea that they were conned, the original owner is still fighting a civil case here in Manipur. He even conned the government officials and ministers, best part is that he hands out awards to himself but after I exposed him, he absconded and searched for greener pastures. He now promotes his daughter and through various organisations and fraudulent websites has managed to con people internationally. How can this man use his own daughter to carry out his nefarious deeds. Indeed his father can be attributed as a Charles Shobhraj of Manipur. Shame on this man for ruining the childhood of his daughter. I can be contacted on my mail of anyone wants more clarifications at paojelchaoba@gmail.com

  4. Greetings from Afghanistan. Her father is a fraudulent and has taken more than 2000 USD from 4 Afghans who were promised to attend at international youth conference in Mauritius but he did not organize the promised event. There are also 96 more international youth who have been cheated. I’m sorry for India with its cruel creatures.

  5. She is fake and her father is a fraud. More than 100 youths money looted by kk singh. His organisation iyc is fraud

  6. Foul play? Revenge by someone for not accepting the PM’s invitation? Now witch hunt ? Shame !!!

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