Congress leader Shashi Tharoor entered Parliament in a wheelchair last week after spraining his left leg. Mr Tharoor took to Twitter to share a picture of himself in a wheelchair and captioned the post expressing his dismay at how poorly equipped India is for the disabled.
“When you need to enter Parliament in a wheelchair, there is only one entrance with a ramp at Gate 9, a good four-minute journey (with the help of aides) to the Lok Sabha. This temporary disability has taught me how ill-equipped we are to support people with disabilities,” – Congress leader and deputy wrote.
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If you need to enter Parliament in a wheelchair, there is only one entrance with a ramp at Gate 9, a good four-minute journey (with the help of aides) to the Lok Sabha. This temporary disability taught me how poorly equipped we are to support people with disabilities pic.twitter.com/X6WyS9Ivvp
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 20, 2022
Mr Tharoor’s tweet has received over 12,000 likes since it was posted. His post resonated with several netizens, with several noting that he had at least three assistants to help him with his temporary injury, something most disabled people in the country have to fend for themselves.
“Well, nobody understands these things 100% until they happen to them. I’m not blaming you or anyone, but at least you had help to help you. Imagine a disabled teacher who’s been on the job for 25 years. She goes to school every day. She’s on the first floor. stairs to take lessons….” one user wrote.
“Sir, we have at least one entrance in Parliament. There are railway stations, airports, monuments, temples and many other important places where there are no facilities for people with special needs.”
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A third user commented: “At least now you are aware sir. I have to go through the same situation every day while visiting nearby places. Any type of disability needs support not only morally but also on the ground. Not only offices, restaurant, metro, parks etc. there should be proper regulation,” while a fourth added: “I’m sorry you have to go through this for a reality check. This is ‘Parliament’, imagine the plight of the common man who has to use local transport to earn a living. No public transport includes disabled people, including other physically disabled people do not have access.”
Mr. Tharoor has injured his leg After tripping on the stairs in the Assembly last week. I shared pictures of him in bed with a cast around his left ankle. He had to miss the parliamentary session because the doctor advised him to rest his leg.
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