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

anil reddy kanilreddy.hcu at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 05:56:10 EDT 2010


Hi all,
I think it is a good thought and positive move in the politics if it
is going to happen soon, but in India it is all about money and many
other things also play a vital role like, caste, religion, region,
etc. in addition to this our society is not ready to accept
differently able persons as future lights for the country, it not only
applies to politics but also other fields. I think the only solution
can be to bring the awareness  within the community and also outside
the community, more importantly, we all have to question the elected
leaders of differently able persons like jaipalreddy by writing more
and more articles in the national and local news papers. If we can do
this effectively without any hesitation we are going to see positive
results in politics as well as something good for the community.

I may be wrong in my views, but all this are coming from different
experiences in the society, as a student of political science, I can
only say that it is not at all difficult to become a politician for
differently able person, if one can understand the society and analyze
the happenings around the globe.





On 6/30/10, Subramani L <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in> wrote:
> 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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