[AI] behaviour of my superior
rahul.cherian at inclusiveplanet.com
Fri Sep 24 07:40:03 EDT 2010
I am not backing him because he is blind. I am backing him because in his
email he mentions that "I am the most qualified and most senior person for
the job." He therefore deserves to go for the Conference whether he is blind
Your argument for supporting Mahesh's boss is that he was not aware of the
capabilities of visually impaired people. Does this excuse his act?
Absolutely not. Let me put this to you. Assume that an American (where they
drive on the right side of the road) comes to India and drives on the right
side of the road ending up causing an accident. Can his act be condoned
because he was not "aware" that in India we drive on the left side of the
road? Absolutely not.
Also, did Mahesh's boss take the effort to understand whether a blind person
can travel like everyone else before he reached his conclusion?
In my mind it is very clear that the fault lies squarely with the boss. You
cannot sweep such ignorance under the carpet on the ground that he was not
"aware" and no one took the effort to educate him. This will only continue
to perpetuate ignorance, unless we take up these issues in the most strong
On 24 September 2010 16:24, Srinivasu Chakravarthula <
srinivasu at srinivasu.org> wrote:
> Rahul and others,
> I would have surely supported your view, if Mahesh had explained his
> superior that he could travel and participated and he should have told
> them, it is inappropriate to back him by just the reason that he is
> blind. As per Mahesh's original email, it does not appears to me that
> he tried anything to create awareness.
> Whether we like it or not, still there is lots to be done from
> awareness prospective. I even think, lot of NGOs needs to be improved
> On 9/24/10, rahul cherian <rahul.cherian at inclusiveplanet.com> wrote:
> > I think that a comprehensive approach is needed, both in terms of legal
> > strategy as well as media engagement. One without the other will not make
> > any significant difference. If we as educated, technology using persons
> > disabilities fail to respond to, and take up such issues change will
> > only slowly. We have to make change happen and not wait for it to take
> > time.
> > Mahesh, do let me know whether I should get some journalists to get in
> > with you.
> > On 24 September 2010 15:56, Subramani L <lsubramani.visa at gmail.com>
> >> It is indeed shocking and dismaying to see someone who is technically
> >> minded has to speak like this. Ironically, these are the very people
> >> who seem to boast about their work on ORCA and other so-called
> >> accessibility tools for the disabled persons . One thing they must try
> >> developing is a device with a heart and a proper thinking brain:
> >> things they obviously do not have. Sometimes I lose my cool on hearing
> >> things like these since it makes me wonder what best can be done to
> >> put sense into people's head. After all, I can write and people like
> >> Subash Vhashisht, Kanchan or Rahul can fight, but putting sense into
> >> people's head... Difficult thing indeed. So Mahesh, it's their loss
> >> not your's.
> >> Subramani
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