Disability in India: The struggles of infrastructure, prejudice and karma
Devender Pal Singh, 39, lost his leg during the Kargil War between India and Pakistan in 1999 when a bomb exploded just meters away from him, piercing his body with shrapnel. After a subsequent operation, his right leg became infected and had to be amputated. At one-point doctors didn’t think he’d pull through. “This is my second life,” he says from his home in Noida outside Delhi, “because I was pronounced dead. I am one of the chosen ones.” Blade runner Refusing to be overcome by the physical or mental challenges of losing a limb, he became a marathon runner, eventually being dubbed India’s blade runner owing to the blade-style prosthetic he uses. He says his mindset is born out of a desire for people to see him in the competent way that he sees himself. “What I’m trying to pass on is attitude,” he says.