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

Renuka Warrier erenuka at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 09:54:25 EDT 2010


I think Akhilesh's point is more practical.
 If we tried to fight the election in the normal way do you think any 
political party will support us?

Renuka----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Subramani L" <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Friday, July 02, 2010 5:20 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] Is it time for persons with disability to enter politics?


> Don't you think it is rather bettr for us to fight the elections and
> come through the straight way?
>
> Subramani
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of akhilesh
> Sent: Friday, July 02, 2010 1:14 PM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] Is it time for persons with disability to enter
> politics?
>
> I think it would be wrong to say that Jamuna prasad shastri has not
> fought and not spoken about the rights of the disables.
>
> Probably you don't know, but he has started the blind school at the
> most backward region of the madhya Pradesh, and the same school is
> still flourishing and imparting the education for so many blinds in
> state of MP.
>
> I've got the opportunity to listen his speech, and I have done most of
> my schooling from his school.
> He passed away in 1997.
>
> As far as election is concern, I think we should start fighting from
> our constituency's right from the next elections.
> Except this, we should also demand the seats in lok sabha as well. If
> the Anglo Indian community is getting the representation in lok sabha
> through nomination, why not our community as well?
> Prepare the representation in this regard; I'm taking the
> responsibility of signature campaign in Delhi.
> Ask for the nomination, only and only then we'll be able to influence
> the policies which are made for us and influence us.
> Thanks,
> Akhilesh.
>
>
>
> On 7/1/10, Subramani L <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in> wrote:
>> I agree no less. My contention is: if you have  disability and have a
>> problem accepting it (especially if you are a politician) you distance
>> yourself from assisting the govt to be effective in implementing
>> disability policies. Of course, being a politician has its own
>> responsibilities which one can't afford to overlook, disabled or not.
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
>> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of George
>> Abraham
>> Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2010 8:06 AM
>> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
>> Subject: Re: [AI] Is it time for persons with disability to enter
>> politics?
>>
>> But Subramani,
>>
>> A person with disabilitty who steps into politics and hopes to be
>> elected
>> will need to think beyond his or her disability.   He needs to be
>> relevant
>> to all in the community. He or she will need to understand the issues
>> that
>> the community faces. He or she will  need to champion the cause of the
>> community, only then would votes come by.
>>
>> Likewise, for us to be included or be a real part of the families,
>> communities we live in, we need to also start thinking
> family/community
>> and
>> not just be thinking disability.
>>
>> If we  start doing what we can do for our community, then the
> community
>> will
>> open its arms to embrace us.
>>
>> If we need to succeed in politics,  we need to think community and not
>> just
>> disability.  Having said all this, when we get elected or get into a
>> position of influence, we mustn't forget the issues pertaining to
>> disability.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> George
>> George Abraham
>> CEO
>> Score Foundation
>> 17/107, Basement,
>> Vikram Vihar, Lajpatnagar 4,
>> New Delhi 110024
>> India
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>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Subramani L" <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in>
>> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:08 PM
>> Subject: Re: [AI] Is it time for persons with disability to enter
>> politics?
>>
>>
>> So... There are no elected MPs to the Lok Sabvha who acknowledge their
>> disability in public and speak for the community. The one whose
>> disability we know about is more an MP got in through the backdoor to
>> Rajya Sabha from the state legislature. David Cameron perhaps gave
> this
>> guy the ticket to contest for his party because he has a son with down
>> syndrome and is abreast of the issues affecting disability. When
> people
>> are not even acknowledging their own disabilities, it is rather
>> difficult to count them as politicians with disability; least said
> about
>> their commitments towards the issues we face. So my article would
>> surmise there are none with disability   -or- at lest there are none
> who
>> uses his or her position as a politician to assist the MSJE or other
>> ministries to implement disabled friendly policies. This is pathetic
> and
>> I would explore a few suggestions/solutions. I am sure the crop of
>> youngsters who are in college or just out of it can proviee a fresh
>> thought to this subject.
>>
>> Subramani
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
>> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Kanchan
>> Pamnani
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:36 PM
>> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
>> 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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