Living with disability and dissonance in a hostile country


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It’s a nightmare to be a disabled person in India. When you go to get a disability certificate, the doctor treats you as if he is doing you a favour. When you get reservations, the government makes you feel that they are doing you a favour. When you want to stand in front of a line at an ATM or have to ask for a seat reserved for you in the metro, people are never hesitant to convey that they are doing you a favour.
There are different terms for people with disability now. ‘Handicapped’ is no longer an acceptable term. The official term in India is ‘divyang’, as if the disabled have some hotline connection to the gods. In the streets though, when people stare at you, you are a cripple, blind, deaf or mute. No politically correct term has been able to remove the stigma that comes with being disabled.

Source : http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-living-with-disability-and-dissonance-in-a-hostile-country-2574186

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