A national level volleyball player who never stopped playing with life even when deceit and misfortune crossed her path, has cheated disability to create world records, one after the other. While India rejoices her conquering the second Mt. Everest in Australia, we take important lessons from her life and watch how strikingly she represents India’s society at its toughest best.
1. She hails from a simple district town of Ambedkarnagar in UP. She had humble beginnings but believed in being the best.
2. She was dedicated volleyball player who had played at the Nationals.
3. When she was journeying for an exam to join CISF in 2011, thieves attacked her on train to snatch her bag and gold chain.
4. When she tried resisting she was pushed out of the train.
5. She lost one leg in accident and received heavy compensation from Indian Railways and the Sports Ministry.
6. When being treated in AIIMS Delhi for four months she decided to do what nobody had done before and be a first.
7. She became the first amputee to climb the Mount Everest in 2013, May.
8. She has so far finished four of the seven summits she wants to land foot on.
9. Her inspiration led to launch of her biography and numerous interviews.
10. She thanks God and Swami Vivekananda for being her guiding force throughout.
11. She continuously advocates hope, determination and courage amongst youngsters through several interviews, talks and heroic demonstrations.
12. She embraces challenges at every step and is making the best use of the money paid to her by the government bodies.
When we go through these aspects of her life, we do come across the reality of India wherein not only a girl, but any one has to face, resist and win over from the negativity that is hidden in Indian society today. India is close to being called a developed country if only these negative forces (thieves in the case of Arunima), improve their ways. Will Arunima’s example inspire the millions of youngsters who are growing today in a half informed cripple India? We think..YES. Do you?