India is full of talents in every field, like sports, studies, dance, etc. Even people who can’t stand or sit by themselves also proved themselves that they are not weak and can face the world.
Likewise, there are some people whom we consider “heroes of India.”
Why are they, heroes? Well, you can learn about them below
Pooja Khanna- She is the first Indian Paralympic archer, who was diagnosed with Poliomyelitis in her right leg. Because of her handicapped, she was socially neglected. She belongs to the Dalit family that’s why she faced many cast discrimination, but she never gave up. Till now, she earned 29th rank in Rio Paralympics, Brazil, 2019 and In 2016, she won a gold in Para National Archery Championship, Rohtak.
D.P. Singh- Before becoming the athlete, he was the brave-hearted Major Devender Pal who bravely fought the Kargil War. During the battle, he lost his right leg. After 10 long years, he retired. But he wished to serve more to his motherland, so he started practicing for the race and used a prosthetic leg. After 14 years, he started running properly and became India’s first amputee marathon runner and holds multiple records in the Limca book.
Till now, he gained awards with Limca “People of the Year” award in 2016; Limca record of being first blade runner of India; In 2014, he recorded Limca record of being the first blade runner to run at high altitude and Limca record for being the first Amputee of India to run in half marathons (21 km) in 2009.
Deepa Malik- Due to a spinal tumor, she got paralyzed from below the chest region. She became the most successful Para-athlete of all time. Not in one sport, but she has participated in various events and won medals, and made some records.
She has been awarded five prestigious awards namely Padma Shri in 2017, Arjuna Awards in 2012, President’s National Role Model Award in 2014, and Women Transforming India Award (NITI Aayog, UN India & MyGov) in 2016.
Till now, she gained a bronze in Javelin and Discus throw at Asian Para Games, Jakarta, 2018; gold in Javelin and Discus throw at IPC Indian Open Para Athletics Championship, 2018; Silver in Shot Put at Paralympic Games Rio, Brazil in 2016, and gold in Javelin throw, and Silver in Shot Put at IPC World Athletics Grand Prix Desert Challenge Games, the USA in 2016.
Divyanshu Ganatra- He is not only a single achiever but also a multi achiever person. Well, he is a blind psychologist, advocate, and India’s first blind solo paraglider. Now we can say, being blind is not just being on the dark side but it is a very bright side. He lost his sight at the age of 19 due to glaucoma. In 2014, he set the Limca book record and he became the first Indian blind solo paraglider.
Pramod Bhagat- At age of 5, he was diagnosed with Polio, which has affected his left leg (Orthopedic Polio). In the SL3 category, he won the title of World No.1 Para-Badminton Championship and changed the face of Indian Para-Badminton.
He was also honored with the Arjuna Award in 2019. Till now he achieved a bronze medal at BWF World Para Championship, Korea in 2017 and a bronze medal in singles and doubles events at BWF Asian Para Championship, Beijing in 2016, and also won a gold medal in doubles and silver medal in singles at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championship, England in 2015.