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Window Seat | Mrinal Chatterjee
Friday, February 17, 2017
Window Seat | Mrinal Chatterjee

Engaging Persons with Disability

As per Census 2011 there are 2,68,10,557 persons (1,49,86,202 male, 1,18,24,355 female) with disability in the country. The number was little over 21 million as per 2001 Census. This is equivalent to little over 2 per cent of the population.

   Among the types of disabilities on which data has been collected, disability In seeing at 48.5% emerges as the top category. Others in sequence are: In movement (27.9%), Mental (10.3%), In speech (7.5%), and In hearing (5.8%).

 Though there are people with disabilities who have excelled in their chosen field, generally in India persons with disability are considered to be a burden on the family and on the society. This needs to be changed.

The society and the State must support this process of empowerment of the persons with disability.

This could be done in two ways. I call it push and pull effort.

The society should create an enabling environment for the persons with disability. For long they have been treated either with contempt or with extreme sympathy. Between the two extreme forms of attitudes- the disabled - has lost its identity as a person. Therefore the first thing that a society should provide is an enabling environment. This could be in the form of a changed attitude towards the disabled, or in the form of providing facilities for smooth movement, access to workplaces, design of disabled-friendly buildings and public facilities. This I call the ‘push’ factor.

The ‘pull’ factor relate to providing them with opportunities to realise their potential. Reservation in job is one such way. The government sector has such reservation in place. The private sector should be encouraged to provide some such facilities or access points.

Spring

As winter turns to spring, new leaves sprout on leafless trees. The barren and desolate looking tree suddenly looks green. And in a matter of days, the colour of the green changes from light to deep. Like a frail little girl turning into a full bosomed gorgeous woman – it changes and how!

 It happens every year and every year it amazes me. Every new sprouting leaf is a harbinger of new life, symbolising the continuity of life.

Photo: Ashok Panda

All about Booze

India is an amazing country, for many reasons. One of the reasons is the way we treat booze. In some states of the country, it is summarily banned. It some states it flows like water. Though it finds mention in ancient scriptures (some of which say that even Gods used to take it with pleasure), booze is generally despised in conservative society. But interestingly, in private a large section of people enjoy it. Whether this shows the hypocrisy of the society or this is how a society should negotiate something which taken in large quantity can do public harm- is a debatable point.

All those who want to know more about booze, read about it in the cover story of National Geographic Magazine, Feb 2017 issue. I am amazed to know that it has been around for the last 9000 years, that is roughly 7000 thousand years BC. And it is there in practically all the countries of the world.

Tailpiece

Ek motor cycle me husband wife and do bachhe

Six seater auto me 14 Sawari

Ten seater jeep me 25 log

Firty two seater bus me 152 log

Sevety nine ke train ke dibbe me 300 log

And

Ek rocket par 104 satellite

Achambha duniya ke liye ho sakta hai, hamare liye to roj ka baat hai.

Salute ISRO

Mera Bharat Mahan.

(Recreated from a Social Media post)

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Mrinal Chatterjee, a journalist-turned- media academician works and lives in Dhenkanal, Odisha. He can be contacted at mrinalchatterjee@ymail.com

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