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September 22, 1996, Should Be Remembered

At 9a.m. on the 21st of September, 1996, the late Sri Madhavrao Scindia and I walked into the board room of the YWCA Blue Triangle on Ashok Road, New Delhi for the inaugural session of the first ever International conference on cricket for the blind. 18 eager delegates representing 7 cricket playing countries were seated […]

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Biography Inspiration Sports

The Journey Begins…

Cricket for the blind, a cracker of an idea. A national passion that could dramatically transform lives, alter perceptions and with global possibilities. I certainly could not be falted for my delight and enthusiasm. On my return home from Dehradun I told my wife and friends that I was going to organise the first ever […]

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The Tiger Sights His Prey!

Mexico city, 1968: The American Jim Hines sprinted his way to Olympic glory winning the 100m Gold Medal smashing the 10sec barrier. He was the first human being to accomplish this feat. He clocked a World record breaking 9.95 sec. This record stood for nearly 15 years. As a 10 year old I was totally […]

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Rousing of the Tiger

On an autumn morning in 1989, as I stood watching the blind kids playing cricket at the NIVH (National Institute for the Visually Handicapped) Dehradun, several ideas and thoughts flashed through my mind. Some were to do with the kind of projects I could take up to promote the game while others had to do […]

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Disability Media Published articles

Has the scenario really changed in the past decade?

A few years ago, I was invited to be a panelist on the popular TV show “The Big Fight” on ND TV. The topic for debate was “Is the Govt of India doing enough for the country’s disabled population?” While the Govt was being bashed and blamed for not doing enough, I asked the anchor […]

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In His Time

In December 1988, I quit my job in Advertising. I had decided to take up projects with blind and visually impaired people. I was determined to change the way blind people lived and the way the World perceived them. I started going out and meeting people. Started sharing my vision and my ideas. There was […]

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God leads…

It was the winter of 1987, my wife and I had just relocated from Mumbai to Delhi. We had found ourselves a little flat in the Western suburbs of the city. We were expecting our first baby. One evening my wife expressed her desire to learn Braille and transcribe books for blind school children. I […]

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Biography Inspiration Spiritual

There Is No Problem Too Big…

Humanities or Science, Engineering, Medicine, Civil services or Law: what was it going to be? My younger daughter had just completed her class X exam. She had to make a choice and it was indeed a major decission for her to make. I have always believed that 16 is a little too early in life […]

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Disability Education

Inclusive Education not happening: Call for a fresh approach

The question is whether the future lies  in Inclusive Education? The execution has been poor, the efforts have been half hearted,  the designing and planning have lacked conviction and creativity,the student experiences have been humiliating and counter productive and the outcome has been disastrous. Inclusive Education has been the rhetoric for over 25 years.Progress has […]

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Does God Speak with Us?

Does God really talk to us? It was May, 1981, I was on a train from Delhi to Ernakulam, Kerala . I had just completed my Masters in O R (Operations Research) from the prestigious St.Stephen’s College, Delhi and was going home. The journey was symbolic, in the sense that It marked the end of […]