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Can we ignore?
Time to redefine the definition
13/12/2007

To be disabled in India is a stigma since time immemorial. With all the vociferous exhortations that India makes about its snazzy IT boom…what’s with the primitive way of defining who the ‘disabled’ really are? Though India puts itself in sync with developing countries like Australia and the UK, it fails to focus on the nitty gritty. In a developed country, a disabled could even mean a diabetic patient apart from the obvious one – kidneyed or one-lunged or for that matter a single-limbed person. However, in India, the disabled are confined to being blind, single limbed or crooked. And perhaps because of the realm of disabled being so small, India manages to flaunt its percentage of disabled at a beguiling 6%, whereas UN officials estimate it at approximate ly 12%. The blatant truth still remains that India has 70 million disabled, of which a mere 2% is educated and a meagre 1% is employed. The Persons with Disabilities Act also failed to make any difference. It’s time India comes out of a mode where it assumes that merely ignoring the presence of the disabled would nurse the problems arising out of it.

By:- B&E
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