[AI] Is it time for persons with disability to enter politics?

Harshvardhan Singh Negi harshvardhan.negi at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 01:14:09 EDT 2010


an other elected lok sabha MP name is jamuna prasad from Mp state but he 
never speak for the disable community.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kanchan Pamnani" <kanchanpamnani at gmail.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:36 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] Is it time for persons with disability to enter politics?


> Jaipal Reddy uses crutches however he does not speak for the disabled. He 
> to the best of my knowledge does not even acknowledge that he is disabled 
> and therefore does not ask for his rights and thereby does not become a 
> good or even a spokesman  for us. I am told there are several other 
> politicians who are disabled but I dont know their names. The secretariat 
> of Parliament recently told us so.
>
> The gentleman that Geeta mentioned was Sadhan Gupta who got elected to the 
> Rajya Sabha from West Bengal.
> According to Arun Jetley there was another blind MP of the Lok Sabha I 
> didnt catch his name.
> Atul Bihari Vajpayee  had to use the ambu lift which Javed Abidi had 
> fought for against Vajpayee's government.
>
> Subramani these titbits are for your article but I am not answering your 
> questions.
> Kanchan
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Subramani L" <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:23 PM
> Subject: [AI] Is it time for persons with disability to enter politics?
>
>
>> Folks:
>>
>> This is in reference to the story below. This raises  the curious but
>> difficult question: should persons with disability enter politics in
>> order to influence policy (both the ones that affect them and those that
>> doesn't). I am doing an analytical article on this question and would
>> welcome responses from those in this list and from those with other
>> disabilities outside this list. Kindly pass this around and encourage
>> folks to respond. I have a few questions which I am putting below the
>> story and so pl read the mail fully.
>>
>> ***
>>
>>    Britain's first MP with Cerebral Palsy encourages persons with
>> disability to enter politics
>>
>> June 28: The first elected representative to the British Parliament with
>> Cerebral Palsy, possibly the first in the world with that disability,
>> has urged more persons with disability to enter politics.
>>
>> Paul Maynard, elected to the House of Commons last month as a
>> Conservative Party candidate, has said that his presence in the House
>> should provide encouragement for other persons with disability to
>> contest elections and enter Parliament.
>>
>> "I just hope that simply my being here, in the House of Commons, people
>> who may be nervous about getting into politics are not put off by any
>> fear of what might happen during the (election) campaign," Maynard, MP
>> from Blackpool North and Cleveleys, told Britain's The Independent
>> newspaper in an interview published on Monday.
>>
>> He  also said that he had faced ignorance about his condition from a
>> young age, but had been determined to rise above the taunts. "There will
>> always be people who will use it (the disability) against you and you
>> will have to learn to deal with that," Maynard, 34, told the newspaper.
>>
>> Maynard studied in a special school until he was five years old. He was
>> then transferred to mainstream school and went on to obtain a
>> first-class degree from Oxford. He mentioned in his interview that his
>> life was transformed by the early experience he had in the special
>> school.
>>
>>
>> "Because my problem was with the thighs, and their muscle development,
>> they would strap you into tight iron callipers for several hours a day.
>> You had nothing to do. So I was doing all my numbering and all my
>> reading    far earlier than most children and very quickly learnt to
>> read and write, which was an unexpected bonus later on," he said.
>>
>> Maynard, who worked as a management consultant before   getting a job at
>> the central office of the Conservative Party, had decided to enter
>> politics just weeks before the elections this year.
>>
>> He faced derogatory comments in his constituency after a television
>> interview, in which his slurred speech (due to his disability) was
>> mistaken for drunkenness. He explained about his disability and insisted
>> that it didn't affect his intellectual abilities.
>>
>> He eventually achieved a 7 per cent swing and won by a majority of 2150
>> votes in his constituency, which was one of the seats the Conservatives
>> rested back from Labour.
>>
>> He had already delivered his maiden speech in the Parliament and has
>> made interventions at the Prime Minister's Question Time, considered an
>> important business t the British Parliament.
>>
>> Britain had David Blunket as the first person with disability as a
>> cabinet minister under Labour, when Tony Blair appointed the visually
>> challenged MP from Sheffield as Home Secretary.
>> *** *** ***
>>
>> (PL mention your full name, designation/office, age , name of the
>> organisation you represent and the city you hail from)
>> 1. Do you think having a politician with disability would make a
>> difference in terms of passing legislations and implementing them?
>> 2. This is more a personal question -Given a chance, would you enter
>> politics? Pl substantiate your answer as to why you would and why you
>> wouldn't make that choice?
>> 3. What do you think r the advantages and disadvantages of being a
>> politician with disability? Are these (advantages and disadvantages) the
>> reason that influence your choice to enter or not to enter politics?
>> 4. Are 'politicians with disability' the need of the hour? Do you have
>> personal choices amongst the present crop of activists who would make
>> good politicians (ignore it if you are not comfortable answering this
>> part of the question).
>> 5. What are the challenges do you think for activists to become
>> politicians?
>> 6. Do you think politicians with disability, such as Paul Maynard spread
>> awareness and positive impressions about persons with disability?
>> 7. Do you think it would be difficult in circumstances in India for a
>> person with disability to become a politician? If you say yes, why?
>> 8.  What are the risks of being a politician? Are you worried about
>> compromises you may have to make by being a politician? Or do you think
>> being an educated person is actually an obstacle to be a good and honest
>> political leader?
>> Voice your thoughts in the blog to discuss the Rights of persons with 
>> disability bill at:
>> http://www.accessindia.org.in/harish/blog.htm
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