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Akbar Khan

Achievements
 Excelled in his studies and was the first visually
impaired candidate to qualify in the SSC Hindi
shorthand and stenography examination

Record if any in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Short profile
 He was the first visually impaired candidate to qualify in
the SSC Hindi shorthand and stenography examination
 Currently a Senior Manager with a national bank, Khan
is also a singer and composer with many stage
performances and over 50 music compositions

Awards won
National Award for the Welfare of
Persons with Disabilities in 1989
Language of conversation
English and Hindi

Native city/state
Bikaner, Rajasthan

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
Born visually impaired in a poor family, is now a Senior
Manager with a national bank

Sphere of Influence
Education

Arunima Sinha

Achievements
 Became the first woman amputee in the world
to climb Mount Everest on May 21, 2013

Record if any in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Short profile
 A national volleyball player who lost one of her
legs when some robbers pushed her out of a
moving train in 2011
 She did not lose hope and two years after the
accident, with a prosthetic leg on she became
the first woman amputee in the world to climb
Mount Everest
 Arunima went on to conquer the highest peaks
on other continents too
Native city/state
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Awards won
Padma Shri in 2015

First Noticed
Arunima’s book titled Born Again on the Mountain
was launched in 2014

Language of conversation
English and Hindi
Family members, if achievers
NA
Sphere of Influence
Sports

Dr Suresh Advani

Achievements
 A prominent oncologist who introduced Hematopoietic
Stem Cell Transplantation in India with the first successful
bone marrow transplant on a leukemia patient

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Short profile
 Dr Suresh is a Wheelchair-bound since eight years due to
polio
 Despite being physically challenged, he rose to become a
prominent oncologist and introduced Hematopoietic Stem
Cell Transplantation in India with the first successful bone
marrow transplant on a leukemia patient

Awards won
 Padma Shri in 2002
 Padma Bhushan in 2012
 Dhanvantari Award

Native city/state
Mumbai, Maharashtra

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
A prominent oncologist who introduced Hematopoietic Stem
Cell Transplantation in India

Sphere of Influence
Healthcare

Language of conversation
English and Hindi

Javed Ahmad Tak

Achievements
 A wheelchair bound paraplegic with100% disability
who started Humanity Welfare Organization Helpline
Short profile
 He was bruised and maimed by a militant attack in
Kashmir in 1996, which left him a wheelchair bound
paraplegic with 100% disability and a host of other
related problems
 Javed turned his adversity into a mission and started
Humanity Welfare Organization Helpline, an
organisation that caters to the needs of people with
disabilities and creates awareness through
sensitisation programmes

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Awards won
 National award - ‘Welfare of
Persons with Disabilities in 2004’
Language of conversation
English and Hindi

Native city/state
Bijbehara, J&K

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
A person who started Humanity Welfare Organization
Helpline

Sphere of Influence
Society

Ramsurat Majhi

Achievements
 A polio victim with 90% disability, Ramsurat of
Jalpaiguri, West Bengal travelled 23,000 km
by tri-cycle visiting various territories of India
as a messenger of peace

Record if any in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Short profile
 He started the challenging journey on Feb 16,
2010 and completed it on Feb 10, 2011
 In 2012, he established an NGO, Adarsh
Viklang Kalyan Samiti.

Awards won
3 Dec. 2013 – Honoured with State
Handicap Award on Handicap Day in Kolkata

Native city/state
Jalpaiguri, West Bengal

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
A polio victim with 90% disability took a challenging
journey on a tri-cycle

Sphere of Influence
Travelling

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Language of conversation
Hindi

Ashwini Angadi


Achievements
Significantly contributed by working for
disabled people, in spite of being visually
challenged
Short profile
Born visually-challenged in a poor, rural family
in
Karnataka,
Ashwini
experienced
discrimination and physical and mental abuses
as a child due to her disability
Despite these odds, she graduated in 2012 at
the top of her class
After working as a National Facilitator for the
Young Voices Project, she set up the Ashwini
Angadi Trust under which she runs Belaku
Academy for young visually-challenged girls
Native city/state
Karnataka
First Noticed
A visually challenged person who worked
significantly for disabled people

Record if any in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Awards won
UN Special Envoy for Global Education’s
Youth Courage Award for Education in 2013
for her work with disabled people

Language of conversation
English
Family members, if achievers
NA
Sphere of Influence
Education

Aayushi Pareeek

Achievements
 The first visually-challenged advocate enrolled at the
Rajasthan High Court

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Short profile
 Despite 100% permanent sight disability, Aayushi
completed her LLB at 19 years and LLM at 21 years.
 She achieved the virtually impossible in November 2012, at
21 years, also becoming the youngest and first visuallychallenged woman to be admitted to the Bar Council of
Rajasthan.

Awards won
NA
Language of conversation
English and Hindi

Native city/state
Rajasthan

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
Youngest and first 100% permanent sight disability woman to
be admitted to the Bar Council of Rajasthan.

Sphere of Influence
Education

K S Rajanna

Achievements
 First differently-abled Commissioner of the State
Department for Disabled in Karnataka in September
2013
Short profile
 Rajanna who lost his limbs to polio in his early
childhood became the first differently-abled
Commissioner of the State Department for Disabled in
Karnataka in September 2013
 As a diploma holder in Mechanical Engineering, he
also had started his own enterprise providing
employment to 350 persons, including the physically
challenged

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Awards won
 Gold medal – Discus Throw – 2002
Paralympics
 Silver Medal – Swimming – 2002
Paralympics

Language of conversation
English and Hindi

Native city/state
Karnataka

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
A person who lost his limbs to polio in his early childhood
and became the first differently-abled Commissioner of
the State Department for Disabled in Karnataka in
September 2013

Sphere of Influence
Society

Major Devender Pal Singh (Retd)

Achievements
 Inspite of losing his right leg in Kargil war, Major
Devender Pal Singh is running marathons with blade
prosthetics since 2009

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Short profile
 Major D P Singh who lost his right leg during the Kargil
war and suffered partial hearing loss and internal
derangement of his left knee, has been finding joy in
running marathons with blade prosthetics since 2009.
 Starting with his first half marathon in Delhi on Nov 1,
2009, he has participated in many such races
including the 3rd Himalayan Running and Living XC
marathon (21 km) at high altitudes (8,700 ft) in
Kinnaur, HP on May 2, 2014
 He has also achieved a feat by trekking up to 10,000 ft
(from Batseri Village to Mastrang ITBP Camp and back
in 3 hr)
Native city/state
New Delhi

Awards won
NA

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
A person who ran over 20 marathons with an artificial leg

Sphere of Influence
Sports

Language of conversation
English and Hindi

Saylee Nandkishor Agavane

Achievements
 A person with mild mental retardation at birth
completed her studies and trained herself for
contemporary art forms
Short profile
 Saylee had started learning Kathak at the age of nine.
 Later she joined Shiamak Davar’s dance institute in
2007 and trained in contemporary dance forms
 She has been performing in various dance
competitions, starting with Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrutik
Sangh’s Multilingual Dance and Drama Competition

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Awards won
 Won Bronze – 8th Global Olympiad
Dance Competition in Bangkok
(2010)
Language of conversation
English and Hindi

Native city/state
Pune

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
A mentally retarded person who trains the physically and
mentally challenged students in dance at four different
schools and at home

Sphere of Influence
Dance

Ranveer Singh Saini

Achievements
 The 14-year-old Ranveer, autistic by birth, is one of the
youngest golfers at Special Olympics Bharat
Short profile
 Ranveer Singh Saini, created history by becoming the
first Indian to win a gold medal at the Special Olympics
World Games in Los Angeles
 His name and his feats at the Special Olympics Golf
Masters figured as a record in the Limca book of
Records for two consecutive years — 2014 and 2015

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Awards won
 2013 – Gold medal - Special
Olympics Asia-Pacific Golf Masters
at Macau
 2014 - Gold medal - Special
Olympics Asia-Pacific Golf Masters
at Macau
 2015 – Gold Medal (along with his
Unified partner Monica Jajoo) in
Golf (Level 2) at the World Special
Olympics held at Los Angeles
Language of conversation
English and Hindi

Native city/state
Gurgaon, New Delhi

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
Inspite of being autistic by birth, Ranveer won two gold
medals in his first representation in the Special Olympics
Asia-Pacific Golf Masters at Macau and the first Indian to
win a Gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games
in Los Angeles

Sphere of Influence
Sports

Zamir Dhale

Achievements
 Zamir is a deaf-blind person who cannot see, hear or
talk but, through years of toil and by sheer grit he has
overcome the disabilities to work as effectively as any
other

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Short profile
 Highly tech savvy, he communicates using a special
software on his laptop/mobile
 Working as an Advocacy Officer (with Sense
International-India), he is actively involved in
developing and implementing advocacy plans
 He also heads Udaan, a national network for adult
deaf-blind and multi-sensory impaired people in India

Awards won
NA
Language of conversation
English and Hindi

Native city/state
Ahmedabad

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
Zamir Dhale, who is deaf, blind and speech-impaired,
heads Udaan, a national network for adult deaf-blind and
multi-sensory impaired people in India.

Sphere of Influence
Social

Rajive Raturi

Achievements
 Rajive has a visual disability and has been working for
13 years with disability rights as his core area of work.





Short profile
Whilst working in the corporate sector in Kenya, he
suffered a bullet injury which left him with a visual
disability
He rejoined the corporate sector and then moved to
the disability sector
He has worked towards building legal knowledge of
rights of persons with disabilities, supporting their
advocacy by providing legal services and aid
He has challenged systemic violations by filing PILs in
High Courts and the Supreme Court. He has authored
a compendium titled Disability and the Law
In 2010 the Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment nominated him to an expert committee
constituted to draft a new disability law.
He is now Asia Pacific head for the Disability Rights
Promotion International

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Awards won
NA
Language of conversation
English and Hindi

Native city/state
New Delhi

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
A person who works for disability rights from last 13
years

Sphere of Influence
Social

KY Venkatesh

Achievements
 Venkatesh is 4.2 inch tall and due to his short stature
had to face lot of difficulties but he braved all and
decided to excel in sports and started off with chess in
school.

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Short profile
 In 2005 he became the first Indian athlete to represent
India at the IV World Dwarf Games
 He is also the secretary of the Dwarf Sports
Association of India

Awards won
2015 - 2 gold,1 silver and 3 bronze
medals(singles and doubles) at the IV
World Dwarf Games

Native city/state
Bengaluru
First Noticed
A person born with dwarfism excelled in sports and did not
let his disability come in the way

Language of conversation
English and Hindi
Family members, if achievers
NA
Sphere of Influence
Sports

Radhika Chand

Achievements
 Born with Down’s syndrome, Radhika studied in
special schools in Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong and
Sydney and contributed towards arts and crafts
department for special children in a senior school

Record in LBR
People of the Year 2016

Short profile
 In Sydney, she started painting using a combination of
water colours and acrylics
 She has had 10 solo exhibitions since 1992 and
participated in several group shows
 She has been associated with the Vasant Valley
School, Delhi for over 20 years – 15 years in the junior
art department and later in the arts and crafts
department for special children in the senior school

Awards won
2012 - NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller
Award for ‘helping to create
opportunities for employment for
persons with disabilities’.

Native city/state
New Delhi

Family members, if achievers
NA

First Noticed
A person with down syndrome contributed towards
providing arts and crafts education to special children

Sphere of Influence
Arts and Crafts

Language of conversation
English and Hindi

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