The world calls them disabled but these disabled people have converted their disabilities into opportunities. For these people, disability means “differently abled”. They have undoubtedly set examples for many people around the world. Despite being physically handicapped, their mental strength, will power and endurance have taken them to the heights of success.
Here are 15 famous Indians with disabilities who are a source of inspiration for us:
Famous Indians with disabilities
1. Arunima Sinha:
Arunima Sinha lost her leg when some bandits pushed her out of a moving train. Everybody started showing pity on her which she disliked very much. So, with firm determination and conviction, Arunima Sinha proved everybody that she has potential and became the first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest. Even with a prosthetic leg, she won her challenges and made history.
2. Ira Singhal:
Ira Singhal, who is suffering from Scoliosis, (a spine-related disorder which restricts her arm movement) is the topper of UPSC 2014. This Delhi girl is a great inspiration for every woman as despite being physically challenged, she became the first disabled person to top this prestigious exam.
3. Dr Suresh Advani:
Dr Suresh Advani, who is a polio victim, faced many difficulties to pursue his dreams. Nonetheless, he overcame every challenge to become a prominent oncologist and pioneered in the fields of stem cell transplantation in India.
Dr Suresh Advani is the first oncologist in India who have successfully done a bone-marrow transplant. Advani was awarded the Padma Shri in 2002 and Padma Bhushan in 2012, for his remarkable contributions in the field of Oncology.
4. Sadhna Dhand:
57-year-old Sadhna Dhand lost her hearing at the age of 12. But, this weakness was not strong enough to stop her from pursuing her passion for painting. She received many awards for her painting skills. She now conducts classes to impart this art to other students.
Furthermore, Sadhna Dhand is an active social worker who gives donations to various organisations working with children with a mental and physical disability.
5. Rajendra Singh Rahelu:
Rajinder Singh Rahelu, polio affected person, did not let his disability come in between him and his dreams. He trained hard to pursue a career in weight lifting. Rahelu started by lifting a weight of 75 kgs but with rigorous exercise and motivation from his friends and well-wishers made him strong enough to lift a weight of 115 kgs within six months.
He won a silver medal in powerlifting at the Commonwealth Games 2014 and made India proud.
6. H. Boniface Prabhu:
Prabhu has quadriplegia, and many thought that he could not do anything in life. But disability is not a word in his dictionary. His immense dedication and hard work have made him a notable figure and a leading quadriplegic wheelchair tennis player.
He won a gold medal at the 1998 World Championships. He was also bestowed with the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014.
7. Ravindra Jain:
Ravindra Jain was one of the most notable music directors of the 1970s. Born visually impaired, he never let it be his weakness. He started singing at a very young age and later joined the Indian music industry. He had composed many super-hit’ songs for Hindi movies and had also produced many private albums.
8. Sudha Chandran:
Sudha Chandran does not need any introduction. This classical dancer turned actress met with an accident when she was just 16 years old. Later a small injury in her ankle, that doctors had neglected, got infected and there was no other choice left but to remove her leg.
However, she did not lose her grip on life and came back on her feet with a prosthetic ‘Jaipur Foot’. Sudha Chandran became one of the most popular and acclaimed classical dancers who also performed Bharatnatyam internationally. She has also been a popular figure in the Indian television and film industry and has received several awards for her amazing talent.
9. Girish Sharma:
Another well known Indian who inspires us with his grit and determination is the badminton player Girish Sharma. He now effortlessly plays the game with just one leg. Girish Sharma’s life fell apart after he met with a train accident in which he lost one leg. However, he did not let the disability come in his way and achieved dominance in the sport of badminton.
10. H Ramakrishnan:
Another inspiring story is of H Ramakrishnan who is a musician and the CEO of SS Music Television channel. Despite being rebuffed from schools and jobs as a polio-crippled youngster, H Ramakrishnan went on to obtain fame for his extraordinary abilities.
11. Preethi Srinivasan:
Preethi Srinivasan, the captain of the under-19 Tamil Nadu women’s cricket team, is an inspiration for many. Even after the unfortunate swimming accident that left her paralysed below the neck, she continues to encourage other lives through her organisation Soulfree.
Srinivasan now gives hope to women with severe disabilities and also supports them in fulfilling their highest human potential by providing an essential quality of life.
12. Sai Prasad Vishwanathan:
Vishwanathan, whose lower body is paralysed, but nothing could change the firm determinations of this ambitious man. He has registered his name in the Limca Book of Records for being the first Indian with disabilities to skydive from 14,000 feet. He has also co-founded an organisation by the name of Sahasra, that provides scholarships to potential underprivileged students to pursue higher studies.
13. Satendra Singh:
Another inspiring story is of Satendra Singh, who is a doctor by profession. He contracted poliomyelitis at the age of nine months but he did not let his handicap come in his way. He is widely known for his efforts to make the post offices, poll booths and ATMs accessible for the disabled.
14. Javed Abidi:
Diagnosed with permanent nerve damage, Javed Abidi was a famous journalist and the director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People. He was the founder of the Disability Rights Group and had been actively engaged with disability rights for years.
15. Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla:
Hailing from Bangalore, her lower body is completely paralysed. But despite this, Holla decided to live life in the best possible way and chose sports to excel in. She worked hard and won Gold in many games like a shot put, javelin throw and discus at the 1989 World Masters’ Games in Denmark.
She has won over 300 medals. Holla also received the prestigious Arjuna Award and Padma Shri for her achievements. Moreover, she runs the Mathru Foundation to help disabled children from rural India.
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