November 30, 2005

Review of Chapter Seventeen: This Country Has to Change

David Bornstein’s case study of Javed Abidi, a spirited defender and activist for advancing the rights and well-being of disabled people in India, leaves off at the end of 2002. Curious to see what he has done for the past three years, I further researched Abidi’s case and compiled a number of articles, listed below:

THE BASICS

Abidi’s Ashoka profile: “Javed Abidi is working to make legislative rights and economic opportunities a reality for the disabled in India. He is organizing disability groups across thematic, geographic, and language barriers to set up an informed national lobby…?

The National Center for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People : “Our mandate: Encourage the employment of disabled people; Increase public awareness on disability issues; Empower disabled people through appropriate legislation; Equip disabled people with educational opportunities; Ensure easy and convenient access to all public places…?

RECENT NEWS

On Abidi’s run for a parliamentary seat in 2004: “ ‘We want to create a space for disabled people within the political system and use it to generate awareness about disability,’ Mr. Abidi told The Hindu as he wheeled himself from one meeting to another soliciting support for the cause…?

What happens when you get into politics: “Disabled rights activist and independent candidate from New Delhi Lok Sabha seat Javed Abidi today demanded countermanding of polls there…?

On a 2004 Indian Supreme Court decision to make ramps mandatory for polling stations: “The Supreme Court Monday directed that wooden ramps be provided at polling centres across the country to enable disabled voters exercise their franchise…?

More problems with the Delhi police: “It is a mockery of capability of the police department. Even the chief minister and the chief secretary of the state did not help us stage the show. Here authorities do not help people who fight for a good cause,? Abidi said.?

at November 30, 2005 2:40 PM