Shashi Tharoor after entering Parliament in a wheelchair

“The temporary disability taught me …”: Shashi Tharoor in a wheelchair after entering Parliament

Mr Tharoor injured his foot after tripping on a staircase in Parliament last week.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor entered Parliament in a wheelchair on Tuesday after spraining his left foot last week. Taking to Twitter, Mr Tharoor shared a picture of himself in a wheelchair and in the post’s caption expressed his disappointment at how poorly resourced India is for disabled people.

“If you need to enter Parliament in a wheelchair, there is only one ramped entrance, at door 9, a good four minute drive (with the help of attendants) to the Lok Sabha. This temporary disability has taught me how ill-equipped we are to support people with disabilities,” wrote the congress leader and MP.

Look below:

Since posting, Mr. Tharoor’s tweet has garnered more than 12,000 likes. His post resonated with several netizens, with some pointing out that while most people with disabilities in the country are left to fend for themselves, he had at least three helpers to help him with his temporary injury.

“Well, nobody really understands these problems 100% until it happens to them. Not to blame you or anyone else, but at least you had the support that helped you. Imagine a disabled teacher who is 25 years old long time. Going to the stairs on the first floor every day…” wrote one user.

“Sir, at least we have an entrance in Parliament. There are train stations, airports, monuments, temples and many other important places that don’t have facilities for people with special needs,” said another.

Also read | Puducherry students make “Avatar” figures out of leaves and coconut shells. See pictures

A third user commented: “At least you are aware now sir. I have to go through the same thing every day when I visit nearby places myself. Disabilities of any kind need not only moral support, but also local ones. not just offices, restaurants, subways, parks etc there should be adequate regulation,” while a fourth added: “Sorry you had to go through this for a reality check on living. No public transport has access for people with disabilities, including people with other physical disabilities.”

Mr Tharoor injured his foot after tripping on a staircase in Parliament last week. He shared pictures of him in bed with a cast around his left ankle. He was forced to miss a parliamentary session as the doctor advised him to rest his foot.

Featured Video of the Day

Pay Rs 97 crore for ‘political ads’, Delhi governor tells AAP

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *