[AI] disability sensus

Asudani, Rajesh rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Mon Apr 19 01:27:10 EDT 2010

The question is: whether a disability is relevant in general for public interaction in the world or not.
The deniers of including disability in UID card seem to think that disability is an irrelevant consideration in general, so why must it be mentioned in identity card?
However, it may or may not be a relevant consideration in a particular context.
However, it is a relevant factor in general.
We  seem to count it relevant, when we can use it to our advantage and at other times, we discount it as if it never existed.
I can understand this approach as a survival strategy in the evolutionary world, but This approach is clearly wrong.
We may contest the relevance of disability in a particular situation, and we may also differ in the ways it is relevant in a given case, but as a rule, disability is surely relevant while leading life.
So, why not mention it in UID card which is a general purpose instrument?
In India, even caste and religion are still relevant, like in America, race, or color is still relevant, in Africa also it is there.
Anyone who escapes from relevant reality surely slips into a cocoon of one's own from which it is difficult to emerge.
I can deal with doubts regarding relevance of various factors separately, but we are living in a condition where far more factors are relevant than we can think.


"Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God-- but to create Him."

                                        --Arthur C. Clarke

(Rajesh Asudani)

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Reserve Bank of India
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-----Original Message-----
From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Jean Parker
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2010 1:43 PM
To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
Subject: [AI] disability sensus

You said:
"Caste, religion etc. can't be identified without a certificate, but
disability can be identified by the very presence of the person.  So,
I don't know how and why we want to hide this aspect"

What if it is a hidden or invisible disability?  The presence of the person would neither confirm or deny the presence of a disability.

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