Reaching out to disabled

It is heartening to note that the campaign to give some form of legal recognition to the Indian Sign Language is gaining strength. Recently, it got a boost at the Limca Book of Records’ People of the Year awards ceremony, where specially-abled persons who had overcome their bodily limitations to achieve great successes in life were felicitated. At the ceremony, the awardees were joined by Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy in petitioning the Prime Minister to give the ISL the status of an official language.
It is too early to say if and when this specific demand will be met; however, there is scope for optimism when one views it against the backdrop of the Modi Government’s overall commitment to incorporating the specially-abled in the larger inclusive development agenda through the Accessible India Campaign. In fact, only days before the Limca Book of Records event, the Prime Minister, in his address to the ninth World Assembly of the Disabled People’s International, on April 11, in New Delhi, highlighted how such an effort was not just about his Government’s policies but, indeed, integral to India’s ancient civilisational ethos of vasudhaiva kutumbakam.

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