Basketball Diaries: Plenty of optimism despite hurdles

CHENNAI: Gone are the times when people with disability were stuck at home, when they were denied opportunities the society would afford to normal people, when they had little knowledge about where to go for help. Sometimes, it was even considered as curse.
We now live in a world where T Mariyappan and Devendra Jhajharia win gold at the Paralympics, hence breaking said stereotypes and becoming torchbearers for 2.1 per cent of the country’s population (according to 2011 census), a section still fighting everyday battles silently.

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