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INDIA: Three disabled achievers make their physical challenge a pale reality of their life

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India's government estimates about six percent of the country's more than a billion population are disabled. Recent estimates also say over 50 percent of the disabled end up with mental challenges due to poor health care and social stigma attached to it and all too often their lives go hand in hand with poverty, isolation and despair. With this knowledge, three Indian youths through their sheer grit and determination make their physical challenge a pale reality of their life. Purushothaman, a 26 year old from India's southern Coimbatore, did not give up his dream of making a world record in swimming despite losing both his legs due to a sickness. "My ambition is to participate in the world's competition for physically handicapped. I am practising a lot but I am financially weak. I would appreciate if any of the welfare organisations or a government body provides me with financial support. I will prove my talent to become the first Indian (physically handicapped) to win a world competition," said a confident Purushothaman. 22-year old Deepak Roy's visual impairment has kept him unemployed for years until he decided to buy a tabla (a Indian musical instrument). "In the year 1992, I lost my eyesight to an accident. I have seen lot of doctors but without success. I have long remained unemployed because of this but now I have made tabla (Indian music instrument) my life partner. Whenever I hear of any function happening around, I go and play. This is our only means of our livelihood," said Deepak. Lavina Jagtiani, 23 year old, is a successful nail artist at one of India's eastern Kolkata's best beauty parlour. Jagtiani however, is hearing and speech impaired. Losing her sight and hearing at the age of two, Jagtiani is among those with a never say die attitude. After completing her education at the Oral School of Deaf Children, Jagtiani took nail technology and cosmetology courses in Jamaica and United States. She is also adept in hair and skin cosmetology. "She is doing the nail painting, blow dry and hair colouring and is very efficient at her work. She understands everything through expression and in case that does not work she converses through writing. We have one more outlet, and she is managing both the places," said Shreevardhan, proprietor of Eyecatcher, the beauty clinic which hired Jagtiani. The Disability Act of 1995, apart from reserving three percent of jobs for the disabled, also offers education, professional training, creation of barrier free atmosphere, unemployment and special insurance schemes but experts feel little of these have actually been practised. But international agencies say with the government is still grappling to provide basic needs such as clean water and education to all. In the meantime, local NGOs have a crucial role to play in helping people with different abilities.

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(L!1) COIMBATORE, INDIA (JULY 18, 2006) (ANI) PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED SWIMMER PURUSHOTHAMAN WALKING ON POOL DECK PURUSHOTHAMAN SITTING ALONG THE POOL GETTING INTO THE WATER PURUSHOTHAMAN SWIMMING HOLDING THE SIDE RODS AND MAKING ATTEMPTS TO SWIM

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(SOUNDBITE) (Tamil) PURUSHOTHAMAN, PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED SWIMMER, SAYING: "My ambition is to participate in the world's competition for physically handicapped. I am practising a lot but I am financially weak. I would appreciate if any of the welfare organisations or a government body provides me with financial support. I will prove my talent to become the first Indian (physically handicapped) to win a world competition."

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(L!1) ALAMPUR, INDIA (JULY 18, 2006) (ANI) VISUALLY IMPAIRED DEEPAK PLAYING TABLA AND CHILDREN SINGING VARIOUS OF DEEPAK PLAYING TABLA PRINCIPAL OF GURU NANAK PUBLIC SCHOOL SITTING AND DEEPAK'S MOTHER

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(SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) DEEPAK ROY, VISUALLY IMPAIRED, SAYING: "In the year 1992, I lost my eyesight to an accident. I have seen lot of doctors but without success. I have long remained unemployed because of this but now I have made tabla (Indian music instrument) my life partner. Whenever I hear of any function happening around, I go and play. This is our only means of our livelihood."

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DEEPAK WITH HIS MOTHER WALKING TOWARDS THE SCHOOL

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(L!1) KOLKATA, INDIA (JULY 18, 2006) (ANI) CUSTOMERS ENTERING THE SALON LAVINA JAGTIANI, WELCOMING CUSTOMERS VARIOUS OF JAGTIANI ATTENDING CUSTOMERS CUSTOMER JAGTIANI WEARING A HEARING AID DECORATING THE HANDS OF A CUSTOMER MORE OF JAGTIANI

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) SHREE VARDHAN, OWNER OF THE BEAUTY CLINIC, SAYING: "She is doing the nail painting, blow dry and hair colouring and is very efficient at her work. She understands everything through expression and in case that does not work she converses through writing. We have one more outlet, and she is managing both the places." JAGTIANI DECORATING CUSTOMERS' NAILS

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(L!1) COIMBATORE, INDIA (JULY 18, 2006) (ANI) PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED SWIMMER PURUSHOTHAMAN WALKING ON POOL DECK PURUSHOTHAMAN SITTING ALONG THE POOL GETTING INTO THE WATER PURUSHOTHAMAN SWIMMING HOLDING THE SIDE RODS AND MAKING ATTEMPTS TO SWIM

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(SOUNDBITE) (Tamil) PURUSHOTHAMAN, PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED SWIMMER, SAYING: "My ambition is to participate in the world's competition for physically handicapped. I am practising a lot but I am financially weak. I would appreciate if any of the welfare organisations or a government body provides me with financial support. I will prove my talent to become the first Indian (physically handicapped) to win a world competition."

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(L!1) ALAMPUR, INDIA (JULY 18, 2006) (ANI) VISUALLY IMPAIRED DEEPAK PLAYING TABLA AND CHILDREN SINGING VARIOUS OF DEEPAK PLAYING TABLA PRINCIPAL OF GURU NANAK PUBLIC SCHOOL SITTING AND DEEPAK'S MOTHER

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(SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) DEEPAK ROY, VISUALLY IMPAIRED, SAYING: "In the year 1992, I lost my eyesight to an accident. I have seen lot of doctors but without success. I have long remained unemployed because of this but now I have made tabla (Indian music instrument) my life partner. Whenever I hear of any function happening around, I go and play. This is our only means of our livelihood."

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DEEPAK WITH HIS MOTHER WALKING TOWARDS THE SCHOOL

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(L!1) KOLKATA, INDIA (JULY 18, 2006) (ANI) CUSTOMERS ENTERING THE SALON LAVINA JAGTIANI, WELCOMING CUSTOMERS VARIOUS OF JAGTIANI ATTENDING CUSTOMERS CUSTOMER JAGTIANI WEARING A HEARING AID DECORATING THE HANDS OF A CUSTOMER MORE OF JAGTIANI

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) SHREE VARDHAN, OWNER OF THE BEAUTY CLINIC, SAYING: "She is doing the nail painting, blow dry and hair colouring and is very efficient at her work. She understands everything through expression and in case that does not work she converses through writing. We have one more outlet, and she is managing both the places." JAGTIANI DECORATING CUSTOMERS' NAILS

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