Specially disabled know that they have to fight every inch giving no quarters away. For that they need assistance and DC Rajouri was up at the forefront to give exactly that!
A cause to cheer about:
-‘Agreed that the destiny has been kind to them but that does not mean that they are not humans. They too are special in their own respects and hence they need to be respected and loved. They need attention and care so that they do not feel that they are the children of lesser Gods. As you walk, hop, hobble, or wheel, meeting people of different kinds, remember that being handicapped Is only a state of mind”
-‘People with disabilities are sometimes very humble and approachable, if you want a seasoned reputation, then behave like one of the handicaps. It is very rightly said that sometimes life is your opponent and just showing up is a victory. If someone does that with all the grace and charm it is the man who is disabled from birth and has all the reasons to smile which at times we do not have as we the fittest at times lose our on control of ourselves in frustrations but these people never do that, perhaps they know their limitations as regards their physical strength and also of the unbounded abilities. Remember in the races on track and field arena, God knows no favor. It seems rather he is in the business of teaching winners how to lose and losers how to win.’
-‘Some of us at times tend to be selfish. We easily judge a person on his/ her physical appearance and make a superficial idea about that person. Little we do to help the needy people; we refuse to accept a person who looks, walks, or even talks differently and thus consider ourselves to be superior to the people with disabilities. But throughout history, various people have shown that their physical disability was not strong enough to break their will power and they went on to do things we the powerful have to study in case we want to do well in our chosen perfection. I will give you an example here of the great women climber, Arunima Sinha who has earned many accolades for her inspirational bravery. In 2011, she lost her left leg after a train accident due to a scuffle with robbers. The circumstances could not put down Arunima as she climbed Mount Everest with the help of her prosthetic leg. Arunima Sinha, in her book Born Again on the Mountain: a story of losing everything and finding it back, has said that no matter how great a loss, time always heals the pain, even though the scars remain. She set new standards in mountain climbing and the only reason as to why she could do that was she was a fighter all the way!’
What better way to start than with the name of Albert Einstein, the Father of Theory of Relativity was one of the most famous people with disabilities. He faced difficulty in learning and was not unable to speak until he was 3 years old. He faced major issues in doing the basic maths in school. Expressing himself by writing was also a mammoth task for him. One of his famous quotes was insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. He was a genius but definitely born as disabled to an extent yet he left behind a legacy that we all study. The American President George Washington. He suffered from dyslexia (Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects your ability to read, spell, write, and speak. Kids who have it are often smart and hardworking, but they have trouble connecting the letters they see to the sounds those letters make) throughout his life but he became the first president of the United States, then no person for the world of disabled should ever be criticized or deprived of any opportunity as greatness lies within the soul. George Washington once said,99% of failures come from people who make excuses. There was yet another American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Till he attained the age of 39 years he was all fit and fine and then came in the stroke of destiny. He suffered a paralytic illness, which is now known as Guillain-Barre Syndrome (Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms. These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body). Because of this disease, he was unable to walk again and gave him a life in a wheelchair. He guided America in World War 2 and his leadership was applauded worldwide. He once famously said, the virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea. The examples are very many but let us be practical. There are some with sheer brilliance but still we have to tap it but are we ready for it?
I will tell you an incident which may befuddle you but this did happen for real in a gathering. Two old friends were talking to each other on a marriage and their siblings were getting married. The occasion was an auspicious one but the bridegroom’s father had an issue and by all means it was a serious one. And he was making quite an issue out of it. But the bride’s father humbly reciprocated, ‘If you’re worried that her wheelchair is an issue, I’ll just remind you that your personality handicap hasn’t stopped us from being friends.’ The friend (the father of the groom was puzzled and he frowned, what personality handicap? The answer was point blank, ‘your inability to see things that are staring you in the face.’ The friend who had some inhibitions retrieved with a volatile face and remarked I’m sorry! But that was not enough. The proud father got to the wheel chair and got her daughter away to the car before the groom knelt before her and told her that you too never realized that I too was like you with a blown up leg? And thereafter he got up and pulled his half right leg which had been amputated below the knees! There was not a hiss in the big marriage hall, and in the pin drop silence the noise of only the men moving about in their newly bought shows and the rhythmic flurry of high heel sandals could be heard. Everyone watched in silence to the reactions of the bride on the wheel chair and her reply was,’ I can handle the wheelchair, said the beautiful young bride, with a smile intended to make the remark sound like good news’, whereas to my ears it had the ring of a life sentence but for her not the case and definitely not for the bride groom. Today the lady can walk and is doing well and the hubby loves her and the kids, basically twins, are doing fantastically well! This is life, pals! I had to relate this to warm up the deflated humans because nothing is over till it is. This was what DC Rajouri was doing with heart filled to the brim but eyes do tell a different story!
Skill development of disabled persons is a must to enable them to live a dignified life, said Rajesh K Shavan.
A magnanimous man will do within the powers he has and he was doing this for those who live a bit of half lives.
He distributed various prosthetic aids among 173 beneficiaries here at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir (camp) organized by the Social Welfare Department in the Conference Hall of the PWD Dak bungalow Rajouri.
The kids and the young came and perhaps loved the environment since they know how to express really from the heart. All were a disabled lot but still smiling.
Among the others, DSWO, Wakeel Ahmed Bhatt, DIO, Narinder Kumar; TSWOs and staff of the social welfare department were present on the occasion.
No one in the audience of disabled knew who they were but still men who mattered for an occasion that was specifically for them!
The prosthetic aids were provided by the Social Welfare Department in collaboration with the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India( ALIMCO) under the ADIP scheme of the Government.
The assistive aids include 13 tricycles, 24 wheelchairs, 07 C.P Chairs, 50 Hearing aids, 84 Elbow crutches, 10 Artificial limbs, 32 Calipers, 44 Axilla Crutch, 09 Walking sticks and 10 Smart Cane.
In his address, the Deputy Commissioner appreciated the Social Welfare Department and Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India( ALIMCO) for providing necessary aid to the disabled persons of the district.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the Government has taken several measures for the welfare of the disabled persons from time to time, including financial assistance in the shape of pension, free education, free medical treatment, free travel, vocational programs etc and a large number of people in this category are availing these benefits. It is because they think that they would be looked after.
The Deputy Commissioner added that the District Administration is committed to providing better services to the handicapped persons of the district and persistent efforts are being made for their Welfare to mitigate their sufferings.
Shavan also said differently-abled people too deserve growth in all aspects of life, be it physical, economic or social and they require a dedicated platform to help them attain a place in society and assistive technology helps in smoothing their lifestyle, working on their weaknesses and making them more productive.
Honestly speaking I have not seen the man but an Editor-in-Chief of a newspaper told me to write down the interview (this was long back). I had no script in hand but just had to watch a video and then draft the interview. I saw and I wrote but before finishing I added my cliché, ‘he is a signature man who thinks about every one’! This is again a story but this man proved that he was humane.
I knew he would say that the need of the hour is to pay more attention to the professional development of you all so that you can stand on your own and live a dignified life in society. The rest depends on you. There is a boulder in front of you, if you cannot negotiate just circumvent that obstacle. We the powerful do that then why not who consider them weak?
I will love not to to conclude but constraints of space matter. I have a couple of stories for those who think that a child born with a deficiency is useless! Terribly a wrong idea and these two individuals would prove that. The Mexican artist was a model of perseverance. Kahlo’s disability did not stop her from becoming world-famous. When she was only 6 years old, she had polio which left her paralyzed. That virus caused severe damage to her legs. Her strong heart made her say feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? I do not think I have to be more explicable than this. Ludwig Van Beethoven is another one and the lovers of music cannot forget him forever and so will the generations coming in!
Whatever they are, they still are a human resource which have to be utilized with perfection. That perhaps Rajesh knew it. Maybe just the beginning but the same needs to be enhanced. So why not do it. Someone did it for someone and here are a couple of examples more: Nicholas James Vujicic, When Nicholas was born, it was found that he had an exceedingly rare disease called phocomelia (Phocomelia is a rare birth defect that can affect the upper and/or lower limbs. In people with this condition, the bones of the affected limb are either missing or underdeveloped. The limb is, therefore, extremely shortened and in severe cases, the hand or foot may be attached directly to the trunk.. This disorder caused him to be born without his four limbs, also known as Tetra-Amelia syndrome.) This major disability could not stop him from being one of the most famous motivational speakers. The power in his heart is evident when he says, If you can’t get a miracle, become one. Another one to conclude, Rowan Atkinson, people with speaking disabilities are often overlooked for films as they are not able to deliver the dialogues like a normal actor. But then came Rowan Atkinson, who despite several rejections made a place of his own and his style gave Mr. Bean has a permanent place in the audience’s heart. One of his famous quotes is, I love walking in the rain because no one can see me crying. So I end it by saying that, oftentimes, celebrated disability is an excuse to cover up real abilities. Finally the summing up has to be with Stephen Hawkings (if children really want to get into physics (branch could be any), I have had a full and satisfying life. I believe that disabled people should concentrate on things that their handicap doesn’t prevent them from doing and not regret those they can’t do. I think that is human life! What you earned is forgotten but what you did is remembered by all! Sorry for being philosophical!