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It's difficult being me, a person who has epilepsy, in India. Not surprisingly, there is more awareness about Valentine's Day than epilepsy. Since time immemorial, philosophers excluded people with disability from framing political principles of and for society and in India, this exclusion still prevails.
March 26 is Purple Day, the international day for epilepsy awareness. The word 'epilepsy' means "to seize, possess, or afflict". This indicates how language is a tool in the hands of the powerful, the so-called 'normal' human beings. This inequality between 'normal' and 'abnormal' emanates from the hegemonic structure of our society and is evident in the language of the law.
As I became older, I realised my medical condition was different from other maladies. Other diseases were 'socially acceptable', mine was a taboo. If I told the truth, I would be subject to discrimination and stigma that could never be obliterated.