Saturday, January 23, 2016

Disability activists appeal to Modi, object to term 'divyang'

Shradha Chettri, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, Jan. 23 -- Organisations working for the welfare of the people with disabilities have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the use of the word 'Divyang' because they find it insulting.

On December 3, at the launch of Accessible India - an effort to make public places accessible to all, the Prime Minister had suggested that 'divyang' should be used instead of 'viklang' to describe people with special abilities.

He made the same suggestion during his Mann Ki Baat radio address on December 27.

According to the groups for the disabled, Divyang means a person with supernatural powers in his body.

The letter to the PM was written by Abha Khetarpal, who was recently selected as one among 100 women achievers by Ministry of Women and Child Development.


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