New Delhi: Aamir Khan talked about the rights of differently-abled people during the sixth episode of his television show. Do you also think that being physically challenged is the result of bad deeds in previous life? Till 2001, differently-abled people were not even counted in the census? A major chunk of our society has a very insensitive attitude towards the people who want to live their life with dignity despite their disabilities. Rather than supporting them, they are made to believe that it’s their fate.
As the promo suggested, Aamir Khan spoke to some differently-abled people on the show who are trying to lead a normal life and helping many others like them. Sai Prasad from Hyderabad got a college admission and then a job with Infosys on merit basis. Despite being physically challenged, he decided to study further and went to USA. He says, "My disability is not my problem, it's the infrastructural disability of our country that makes our life difficult. Other countries have such brilliant facilities for disabled people. Why can’t we have the same in India?"
Visually impaired Krishnakant Mane who has recently got married is full of life. He works with IIT as a project leader and heads a team of 20 people. He said, “Being disabled doesn’t make you inferior to anyone. Secondly, don’t take the world for granted, the world is kind and cruel to everyone. Start taking your own responsibility. I would like to tell this to all the parents as well that put your child into a normal school and let him feel equal to other children”
Most of the differently-abled children are deprived of education. Is our society indifferent towards such people?
Going to school is very important for the complete development of a child. Aamir also interviewed a few teachers during the show. They revealed that if they even admit handicapped children in school, other parents object to that. As a result, most of these kids are deprived of education. According to the Right to Education Act, every child has the right to go to a regular school.
Love, care, support and equality can really bring a change in the life of differently-abled people. There are very few institutions like Amar Jyoti School, New Delhi where disabled and normal children study under the same roof.
Javed Abidi from National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People says, “There are 6-7 crore disabled people in India. They should be given equal opportunity to study and work so that they can also contribute towards the economic growth of India.”
Negligence of government and society towards the disabled has made their life even more difficult. Just giving them an equal right to study and work can really bring a change their life. The sixth episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ raised a very important point. Will the authorities listen to Aamir’s appeal and take any action against education institutions which do not treat disabled children as equals.
Aamir’s show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is surrounded with many controversies at the moment. While Indian Medical Association accused him of insulting the medical profession, Khap Panchayat is demanding that the show should be taken off air.
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