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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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