Himachal youth icon muskan thakur

Defying the odds, this visually-impaired HPU student became Himachal’s Youth Icon for upcoming assembly polls

Shimla: The Election Commission has elected a visually impaired girl as the ‘youth Icon’ for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly polls. Muskan Thakur, 22, is a singer and a student of music at the HP University. Muskan will be encouraging the youth of Himachal to participate in the polls and cast their precious vote.

The Chief Election Commissioner of India, A.K. Joti, awarded the Youth Icons Muskan along with the noted Pahari singer Vicky Chauhan at a function organized by Election Department at the Gaiety Theatre on September 26.

It is for the first time a special person is given such a responsibility, said Ajai Shrivastava, the HPU Nodal Officer for matters related to disabled students. He confirmed receiving an official letter regarding the selections of Muskan and termed the occasion as a historical event for the state.

Muskan hails from Chirgaon of Rohru region in Shimla district. After a legal battle over the right to education, the varsity has enrolled four visually impaired girls for the first time. Muskan is one of these four girls. Earlier, she had obtained her B.A. Degree in first division from the Rajkiya Kanya Maha Vidyalaya (RKMV) in Shimla.

It is pertinent to mention that she was also among those special students, who were hardly receiving any attention of the government until a Public Interest Litigation was filed by Ajai Shrivastava in the court to highlight apathy of the government. She made the best of this opportunity and defied odds to make her parents and state proud.

While Muskan remained the center of attraction at the festival, volunteers of Gian-Vigyan Smiti also presented drama show to highlight the importance of aware elector in the election for a stronger democracy. A film produced by election department for awareness of elector was also shown on this occasion.

The winners of various other competitions organized by election department include Pritam Kharka (Kullu) Jiwan Ram (Mandi), Alisha Rai (Kangra), Shalu Thakur and Manjula Verma (Shimla), Saijal (Hamirpur) and Jagmohan (Una) received prizes from the Chief Commissioner.

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