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

Vamshi. G gvamshiai at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 01:22:13 EDT 2010


a blind person by name nageswara rao became mlc in the state of AP
last time.  don't know whether he is still in power.  I think he was
an independet.

On 7/1/10, Harshvardhan Singh Negi <harshvardhan.negi at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> 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?
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>>> disability bill at:
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