"Apahiz: The Unheard Voices in Society"

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28 Sep 23
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Dr. Prerana Gaur 'Shree'

"Apahiz: The Unheard Voices in Society"

In this world bestowed by the divine, humanity thrives as a social species, weaving its existence within the intricate fabric of society. Society, a multifaceted tapestry, partitions itself into various strata, with distinct communities and social groups. Often, one can hear people proudly exclaiming that their community stands tall, that their society is at the zenith of progress. This rhetoric, sung by the custodians of society, raises a critical question: How much compassion truly exists within our societies?

The answer is rather straightforward; society, in the name of compassion, often perpetuates discrimination against the physically disadvantaged. Labels such as "disabled," "crippled," or "handicapped" are indiscriminately attached to those who are differently-abled physically.

Such individuals are considered the most vulnerable in society. They are often labeled as incapable and, in some cases, it is even implied that their existence is a burden. The thought of their demise is often regarded as a solution. When a child is born with physical limitations, parents undertake the arduous responsibility of providing care and support. However, society's role in this context remains questionable.

Society frequently tells these children that they are weak and that they will continue to be a source of trouble throughout their lives. It insinuates that they lack the capability to lead a life of dignity. These children yearn for societal acceptance, to be recognized as an integral part of society rather than a burden. Yet, society's response is not one of empathy but rather a relentless rejection.

Should society not be the nurturing force that helps these physically challenged children realize their potential? Instead, society often acts as a formidable barrier, continually reinforcing their vulnerabilities.

The physically challenged, whether children or adults, have the same desire as any other person. They want society to view them as equals, devoid of prejudice. They do not wish to beg for charity; they yearn for the opportunity to earn their rightful place in society. In doing so, society can assist them in achieving self-reliance and dignity. 

The onus lies on society to transform itself, to embrace a new mindset that respects the physically challenged as capable contributors rather than mere recipients of sympathy. It is a society's duty to become a partner in their journey toward self-sufficiency, to treat them with dignity rather than disdain. However, the sad truth is that the custodians of society, who deliver grand speeches from the podium, are often blind to these capable individuals.

My belief is that those who label the physically challenged as 'incapable' are the ones who are truly disabled. They may be physically able, but their incapacity lies in their inability to perceive the potential and resilience that exists within those they marginalize. Society needs a change of heart, a transformation in its thinking, so that the physically challenged can become an indispensable part of its progress and development.


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