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Every generation has its own defining qualities. The generation that came of age in the 21st century is marked by its single-minded quest for success and achievement. Some equate success with being famous, others with being rich, and still others at excelling in their chosen field. No matter how ambitious or humble their dreams, youngsters today show a strong will to work towards them. Here are some bright young Indian achievers – less than or just 30 years old – and inspiring role models for their generation.
 
The 21st century generation is changing the face of India. It is upbeat, optimistic and filled with youthful energy. There is an upsurge in young talent and a dramatic increase in accomplishments on international platforms. The avenues and opportunities open to the young today have multiplied, but so has their drive to succeed. Who are the top ten youthful achievers of India?
 
Narain Karthikeyan: All of 30 years old, this young man is on the fast track to success and is zooming towards it full speed. After graduating from the Elf Winfield Racing School in France, Narain is now racing for GP and represents India.
 
Sania Mirza: This young tennis star needs no introduction. The first Indian woman to play in a Grand Slam Tennis Open, she is strong-willed and has an undeterred passion for tennis that makes her a winner time after time.

Priyanka Chopra
: Former beauty queen and Miss World in 2000, she is now making waves in Bollywood. There have been rave reviews about her performances in recent movies like ‘Don’, which made her famous worldwide.
 
Mahindra Singh Dhoni: Captain of the Indian ODI team at only 27, Dhoni led the T20 squad to win the World Cup and restore India’s cricketing pride.
 
Anoushka Shankar: The young and beautiful daughter of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, she has honed her skills under her father’s guidance to become a world-renowned player. She is now composing and performing in the United Kingdom.
 
Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash: The sons of legendary sarod artist Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan, they are accomplished sarod players in their own right and are successfully performing worldwide.
 
Amrapali Ambegaokar: A beautiful kathak dancer and daughter of famous danseuse Anjani Ambegaokar, Amrapali has performed on many occasions for the famous “Cirque du Soleil” and is a very sought-after kathak dancer at an international level.
 
Jyotiraditya Scindia:Born into a political family, this young man is the youngest parliamentarian of India and is a promising candidate from a future political perspective.
 
Koneru Hampi: The 20-year old chess grandmaster from India was also the world’s youngest woman grandmaster at the age of 15 years, 1 month and 27 days. She has won many accolades for her intellect already.
 
Darsheel Safary: This tiny bundle – all of 9 years old – is riding the highest waves of success after ‘Taare Zameen Par’, his debut movie. He has delivered an intense performance through his role as a dyslexic child.
 
Is it true that younger generations are more talented than the ones that went before? Or, if talent is not inborn but nurtured, does the present crop of youngsters have better opportunities? Is the government doing enough to develop and harness youthful talent to its full capacity?
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