TIME magazine has named Indian YouTuber Ajey Nagar aka CarryMinati among its Next Generation Leaders 2019 list. The list consists of 10 young people from around the world, forging new paths in politics, music and other fields. India overtook the US in 2018 to become the country with the largest YouTube audience in the world with 265 million monthly users
TIME said CarryMinati posted his first video on YouTube at the age of 10 and found his niche in 2016 by producing diss tracks taking on what he calls, cringe-worthy user-generated videos on platforms like Facebook and TikTok.
"With about 265 million monthly users, India has the biggest YouTube audience in the world. @CarryMinati is one of the country’s most popular rising stars on the platform," TIME said.
And this is how CarryMinati responded:
With over 95 million subscribers, PewDiePie has been in a race against Indian music record label company T-Series to retain his title of most subscribed YouTube channel. TIME added that Nagar, like many Indians, took offence when PewDiePie released a video that mocked the use of broken English by an Indian man.
Earlier this year, CarryMinati got a massive boost when his diss track against PewDiePie went viral. In his January 1 video titled Bye PewDiePie, Nagar raps in Hindi to tell PewDiePie that one day India will rule the whole world.
Among other on this year's list of Next Generation Leaders is 16-year old Greta Thunberg of Sweden. Thunberg has become one of the most powerful voices castigating world leaders on climate change and demanding action, famously declaring during her speech to the UK Houses of Parliament that You did not act in time.
The list also includes Ethan Lindenberger of Ohio, who got vaccinated against the wishes of his mother when he turned 18 a few months ago and is now advocating the need to get children vaccinated as the US grapples with the largest measles outbreak in a quarter century after declaring it eliminated in 2000.
It also has Ramla Ali, born in Somalia and is the first Muslim woman to win an English boxing title, with her sights set on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Among others include South Korea's Kim Se-yeon, 19, the female gamer taking the male-dominated world of e-sports by storm and Egyptian musician Dina el Wedidi, 31.
(With agency inputs)