Gangtok, December 2, 2017: Two Sikkimese youth Yougan Tamang and Sumitra Khatiwara got an opportunity to attend the Town Hall with Barack Obama at Nehru Memorial Library, New Delhi on December 1st. The two were selected and invited to attend the town hall along with 300 other young leaders of India. Former US President Barack Obama held a town hall in New Delhi. Barack Obama interacted with around 280 young leaders from across the country. The town hall was organised by the Obama Foundation in a bid to aid young leaders understand how Obama Foundation can help them in their field of work.
Yougan Tamang is Founder/ Editor of Sikkim Chronicle and a research scholar. He is a Sikkim State Awardee 2013, Global Youth Awardee 2016 and Sangai Changemaker Awardee 2016. He has presented several papers on international conferences at United Kingdom and Thailand. He is from Jorethang, South Sikkim while Sunita Khatiwara is a research scholar working on Wildlife Biology and Conservation in the region of Sikkim for the past 7-8 years. Sunita has attended various national and international conferences on her field and had been selected as Darwin fellow, 2015 by field study council, United Kingdom and is currently the member of IUCN Otter specialist group and Small Mammal Species Survival Committee group. Since the past one year, she has been engaged on her two independent projects in Sikkim funded by Rufford Foundation, UK and Wildlife Reserve Singapore. She is from Lingee Paiyong, South Sikkim.
Speaking to around 300 youth from all over India, Obama said, “The partnership I believe between the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy could be a defining partnership of the 21st century.” He also shed light on the role of technology that can have impact (positive and negative) on everyone’s lives.