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Contents – Disability (Issue 3)

Third Issue Index

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Guest Editorial: ‘Dis/Abilist Ideologies: Politicizing the Personal in India’

By Nandini Ghosh
I leave with another personal note: nearly three months ago, I won the custody of my adoptive daughter after a long wait of more than two years. While no one in the adoption facilitating agency ever mentioned a word against my eligibility, I was made to cool my heels for almost a year before they even gave me the adoption application form.

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Challenging Disability at Every Step

By Agnes D’Souza
I had a very normal childhood. My parents and extended family did not differentiate between my siblings and myself. This taught me the valuable lesson of never seeing myself as differently abled. Throughout my academic life, I was able to compete as an equal with my fellow students.

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An Interview with Aditi Basu

By Nandini Ghosh
In this interview, Aditi Basu, a survivor of mental health issues, speaks to Nandini Ghosh.

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Learning to Transgress Boundaries of Bodily Integrity

By Deepa Sonpal
All the teachers, nuns and students were so supportive and I was included in all activities except sports as I had photophobia. In between, I studied in Mumbai for a few years and did experience rejection by the same relatives who had doted on me in my early childhood as they did not want to take on additional responsibility.

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My Silently Meaningful Journey…

By Bhavini Modi
Many a times, my decisions have clashed with those of my family, but I have stuck on with those I believe in. I have tried on multiple occasions to explain to my family a deaf person’s way of life. Sometimes, they have understood, but many a times I have been unable to make them see reason.

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Myself Must I Remake

By Jayati Gupta
I shall use myself as a case study to consider problems of returning to the mainstream. In academics and education in India, progression is linear and scope for lateral entries is minimal.

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Living With a Disability: Personal and Political Repercussions

By Piyali Roy Chowdhury
When I was studying in the tenth standard, a young man, who was doing his Masters then, used to teach me the science subjects. I could feel that he developed a strong liking for me. Whenever I was sick, he used to come home and stay for long hours.

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Triumphing Over the Odds

By Ragavi
I completed B.Com. from the government college for women in Chennai and was selected as a player in college at the district level. After college, while waiting for a job, I did a desktop publishing computer course.

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Hello! New World

By Sanjukta Choudhury Kaul
In a matter of weeks, I went from being an able-bodied professional with full thriving career to a person with disability, having an uncertain future. With no prior experience of disability in the family, my disability had a disabling impact on the whole family.

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Tabooed! Tabooed! Tabooed!

By Sayomdeb Mukherjee
Going abroad to represent my country opened my eyes in many ways. I have seen my friends there not only getting married but the people, who didn’t get married, taking their girlfriends around holding their heads high! It is quite funny to see how different the condition in India is.

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The Burden of Karma

By Arun Kumar, Vanmala Hiranandani & Deepa Sonpal
We do not contend the presence of religion and karma, and its relationship with the imagination of and responses to disability. However, we find it objectionable that scholarship of disability in India was expected to be (re-)framed to fulfil the West’s imagination of India.

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Eyeing Difference: Creating Disability

By Nookaraju Bendukurthi
Gazing is a physiological exercise directed towards an irreparable part of my body: an impairment or my impaired eye. Gaze has a somewhat different procedure in exerting its embodied power.

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Enjoying Sex: Going Beyond the Body

By Payal Jethra
Depending upon the type of disability, the couple might want to choose the sort of act that brings them utmost pleasure. They might focus more on foreplay/ after play rather than the act itself or suit their situation by choosing the latter and skipping the former.

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Disability Social Models – Taking on ‘FULL’ Sensual Lives with ‘HALF’ Sexual Bodies…!!

By Sai Padma Murthy
The sexual rights of persons with disabilities are often treated as unusual and unnatural by their immediate environment. The media portrayal of sexuality of the disabled hasn’t changed much, only it is upgraded from showing disabled as comic characters to sex-starved human beings.

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An Interview with Jeeja Ghosh

By Nandini Ghosh
In this interview, Jeeja Ghosh, Head of Advocacy at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, speaks to Nandini Ghosh.

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An Interview with Kuhu Das

By Nandini Ghosh
In this interview, Kuhu Das, Founder and Director, Association for Women with Disabilities, speaks to Nandini Ghosh.

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A Journey: Moving from Personal Struggle to Collective Action

By Snigdha Sarkar
I had no clue as to what was wrong with my daughter and what was I supposed to do for her. I had a little idea about visual impairment but none about deafness. I had never seen a person with hearing impairment before.

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An Interview with Mahesh Chandrasekar

By Nandini Ghosh
In this email interview, Mahesh Chandrasekar, International Policy and Campaigns Manager, Leonard Cheshire Disability, speaks to Nandini Ghosh.

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An Interview with Sudha Kaul

By Jeeja Ghosh
In this interview, Sudha Kaul, the Founder, Vice-Chairperson, and Trustee of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata, speaks to Jeeja Ghosh.

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