Two Sikkimese youths with disabilities prove that the only thing holding you back is yourself
Gangtok, March 15:
As described by Wikipedia- A disability is a societal imposition on people who have impairments, making it more difficult for people to do certain activities or interact with the world around them. Due to cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, and/or sensory differences, disabled people are “unnecessarily isolated and excluded from full participation in society.” As a result of impairments, people with disabilities can experience disablement from birth or may be labelled as disabled during their lifetime.
There are a total of 21 lists of disabilities- blindness, low vision, leprosy cured persons, hearing impairment, locomotor disability, dwarfism, intellectual disability, mental illness, autism, spectrum disorder, cellular Palsy, area few. There are numerous types of disabilities that a human may have. In order to provide benefits to the ones in need, the government has recognised few.
Identified under the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2016 of India also known as Divyangjan in India. It took five years for the bill to take shape of an act because that is very important for people with disabilities in India.Among the 21 lists of disability
Since Disability is an integral part of our society since it was there yesterday, it is there today and it shall remain tomorrow. According to Dr M B Chettri, Joint Commissioner of Social Welfare Department in Sikkim particularly people with disability have been accepted but not empowered as their potential is not understood.
Harmonial and comprehensive guidelines laid by the Government of India should be followed. Apart from that disable friendly atmosphere should be there and well displayed. Disability act if someone mistreats or ill-treats a disabled person legal actions will be taken. At present 1800 according to a 2011 census report, the government of India had recognized only 8 kinds of Disabilities.
The Government of Sikkim offers 5 percentage and above reservations for disable candidates as of now. Everyone should come forward and towards inclusive community development. We are not doing any favour to anyone but we will be contributing to the future, says Dr MB Chettri.
“The COVID disaster has laid bare 2 critical facts – the necessity of effective disaster management systems, and the gaps in the working of these systems in reaching persons with disabilities. Although India dealt with the pandemic as a national disaster, the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Guidelines were practically ignored,” said Arman Ali, executive director, NCPEDP.
While inspiration comes in all forms and the biggest inspiration is to never give up on oneself. Such inspiration can be seen in youths like Suraj and Suman who are disabled but are also very abled since they participated in the 20th Mister Sikkim Bodybuilding Championship as guest poser. The theme for Mr Sikkim 2021 was “See my Ability, not the Disability.” They have overcome their physical difficulties
Suraj Pradhan hails from Baijang South Sikkim with left body paralysis. Suraj says “My favourite is the back and chest. I feel and see changes in myself. The transformation in me is the result of my family’s support and the support from Gym members helps a lot. I was interested in fitness right from my childhood then after I was given a chance by Arun Gurung Sir at Namchi. I started from online class first and back at home I opened a gym to encourage many like me. I had almost around 10-15 students and would like to continue once I am done here.”
Likewise, Suman in an interview said that because he was abnormal from childhood itself he was teased and people saw him differently and treated him differently so he decided to be strong. It’s been almost 5 months since he has joined the gym and at the same time also pursuing higher education at SRM University.
A quote given by Chris Burke reads “ It’s not our disabilities, it’s our abilities that count'', which is apt in its meaning.