'The only disability in life is a bad attitude,’ said Scott Hamilton and rightly so! For anything that is not going according to our plan, we start looking for people or situations to put the blame on. What we don’t realize is that no blame game is going to help. What we need is the right attitude to see what went wrong, what changed things and what can one do to make things right. Being an achiever is not for the faint hearted. And disability of the mind is bigger than any kind of physical disability.
As the Limca Book Of Records celebrates the indomitable spirit of achievers in this years edition, we bring you stories of five specially- abled people who are conquering the world and it seems winning has become a habit for them.
Major (Retd) Devender Pal Singh
Meet the ‘Blade Runner’of India, Major (Retd) Devender Pal Singh. Having lost one of his legs during combat was no reason for him to sit back. He found love in running marathons and hasn’t turned back since his first run in 2009. With the help of prosthetic blades, he has participated in 20 marathons across different terrains. His never say die spirit is to cheer for.
Despite being born with Down’s syndrome nothing could bring Radhika’s spirits down. An artist, she painted her life’s canvas using water colours and acrylic paints. She has held 10 solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. She has been conferred with the Helen Keller award for ‘helping to create opportunities for employment for persons with disabilities’.
Former national Volleyball champion, she is the first female amputee in the world to climb Mount Everest. After being pushed out of a train in 2011, one of her leg had to be amputated below the knee. Without being disheartened, she focused on her dream of hoisting India’s National Flag on the highest peaks from each continent. She has already climbed the world’s five highest peaks and there is no stopping her.
Ranveer Singh Saini
Youngest Golfer at the World Special Olympics; First Indian to have won a Gold medal in Golf (Level 2) at the World Special Olympics 2015; Gold medal winner (team) in 2014; And a Gold medal at the Special Olympics Asia- Pacific Golf Masters in 2013- Ranveer surely has a lot of glittering medals. All of 14, autistic by birth, he has defied all odds and it’s just the beginning.
A Senior Manager with a National bank, he is the first visually impaired candidate to qualify in the SSC Hindi shorthand and stenography. He was also awarded the National Award for the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities in 1989. A passionate singer and music composer, he has performed on stage many times and has over 50 music compositions. He has also been on the panel of judges at national level music competitions for visually impaired persons.
There will always be things that'll pull you down, but one needs to keep pushing. So whatever the challenge, whatever the dream, come on India #PhirHoJaShuru.