A young person of India will be awarded the prestigious Diana Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution and voluntary and selfless work to society. Siddhant Sarang aged 18, from Bihar's Muzaffarpur, has been recognised with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award.
Siddhant Sarang is a first-year student of Delhi University but has been working against environmental protection, gender discrimination and inequality from his school. In eighth class, he started Youth Frontliners, a youth-led organization with his classmates for environmental conservation and started a monthly magazine 'Nature Lifeline' dedicated to environmental awareness by adding pocket money with his friends. He made a 3 minutes short documentary film titled 'She Tells Story', in which the struggle of rural women and girls has been shown. He has generated awareness against the dreaded diseases amongst masses as per the guidance of the World Health Organization and has raised substantial donations for cancer patients in India with Cancer Aid Society, for which he was awarded a badge and certificate. He got inspiration to work for society after seeing the plight and misery of 2008 Bihar's Koshi flood aggrieved people.
The Diana Award Team has prepared a 100 words case study on Siddhant's life and is it published in the 'Roll of Honour 2019' with other award winners on their website. The case study is as follows :
"Siddhant lives by Gandhi's quote that ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’. Describe as ‘courageous’, Siddhant is a self-taught documentary filmmaker, fundraiser, social activist and writer committed to educating and empowering young people to speak up and take action against social injustice. He writes for national newspapers as well as blogs and websites for causes close to his heart such as climate change, child labour, gender equality, public policy and education quality. Whilst at school, Siddhant co-founded Youth Frontliners, a youth-led organisation working for environmental concerns. His ambition is to have a Coordinating Ambassador for Youth Frontliners in every country."
The award, named after the late Princess Diana, recognises young people aged 9 to 25 years, who are carrying out their activity for a minimum of 12 months and have made an outstanding and selfless contribution to their communities. This year The Diana Award celebrates its 20th anniversary year. Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.