Meet Jagwinder Singh, 24, an Armless art teacher who uses his feet to paint is striving for Paralympic glory after showing cycling flair.Being the cycling enthusiast, he was inspired to buy his own bike after watching the 2012 Olympics on television and started strolling down the streets in his native town of Patran in Punjab all by himself.
It didn’t took him days before he started cycling to nearby Patiala – a distance of 25 km that’s too three times a week, adding to his parents surprise . Gradually, with aid of his friends and family, he began competing and now he is suited up for much awaited Olympics.
Driven by a burning desire to become an inspiration and not a victim of fate, He says he’s glad to be a source of inspiration for his community. Having no arms, he uses his feet to cook and eat his food, paint, and even work on his computer.
“The people who see me every day, their mindset becomes very positive, thinking ‘If he can do so much in spite of not having hands then we can do anything.’” This is one of my biggest achievements for Jagwinder Singh His father said: “When he started going to school, at first there were many difficulties – like how he will be treated by the other kids, being handicapped.”But he never lost his spirit, we supported him fully.” his proud father added. And with the success of his cycling and his teaching, the only worry family has is to find him a suitable bride.
Jagwinder’s mother Amarjeet Kaur, 45, said: “We need a good girl for him, who will support him and live her whole life with him properly. “As we hope for good for him, she should wish the same.” But the king (Singh) has different aspirations from life and despite his parents’ attempts at matchmaking, he intends to stay focused on his cycling – training hard both at the gym and by cycling over 25km every day.
Not disheartened with his limits, Singh says“Whenever I feel like doing some work I see how another person is doing this work and work out how can I do it my own way”. He also added : “My favorite cyclist is the Canadian Joseph Veloce – he is my biggest inspiration. Likewise I wish to win a gold medal in the Olympics. “I want to make my parents and my country proud with my cycling” This Multi-Talented Armless Man Shows How You Can Achieve Greatness Even With A Disability! He is certainly not dis-abled, but differently -abled. Anyone can come out from the sea of hopelessness by seeing such a person of hope and will.
Logical Indians community applauds such a strong character and wish him all luck for future wholeheartedly.
Have you ever spotted a speeding car without a care for the traffic signal? Ever spotted a person rushing to the other side of the road when the traffic light is green? Ever seen bikers use pavements as roads to save a few minutes? Ever seen cars change lanes on highways or rush hour traffic on a whim? Well, so have thousands of other Indians.
Road safety in India is a serious concern. For a country that boasts the second largest road network in the world, it is inarguable that we need to pay more attention to our safety on roads – a place where we step out every day, spend a handsome amount of our time.
The government has come up with several regulations on road safety, but is this enough? Not if awareness around the topic is still lacking.
The intention behind the initiative is to bring together lawmakers, local authorities, traffic police and citizens under one umbrella.
The cities will be rated on parameters such as Pedestrian Rights, Road Lighting and Maintenance, Motor Laws and Traffic Control, Emergency Services, Road Cleanliness, Connectivity, Road Transport Infrastructure, Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management, Road Safety, Differently abled friendly, Road Quality and Road Safety For Children.
Here are the ten cities that were chosen for Road Safety Index 2018 and the reasons that make their roads safe or unsafe:
Mumbai has facilities for the differently-abled like reservations in public transports, special train compartments, concessions on fares, etc. The city that never sleeps scored the best when it comes to citizens’ participation in making the city accepting and warm toward the differently-abled. It won the category ‘Differently-Abled Friendly’.
However, there are areas of improvement – illegal hawkers, pavements and footpaths need to be fixed or reconstructed.
Anyone who hails from the capital of West Bengal knows about its recreational parks and brightly lit streets. Its traffic police deserve special mention for redirecting rush traffic every day as Kolkata roads are narrow and many are one-way streets.
During Durga Puja, the city tries to make Pandals differently-abled friendly by installing ramps.
It won the categories – ‘Road Lighting & Maintenance’ and ‘Road Safety For Children’.
But the City of Joy needs to work more on giving its residents #HappyRoads. Issues of waterlogging and numerous street hawkers, roadside vendors in busy areas need to be solved.
There’s no one who’s been to Delhi and not praised its excellent connectivity. Delhi prides itself for broad roads, top-notch metros, pavements and foot over bridges. The national capital surely serves as an example for cities across India when it comes to road connectivity hence, it won the categories ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Road Quality’ in the Road Safety Index.
While Delhi has made many of its public places differently-abled friendly, the areas that need improvement are long hours in traffic, fixing of roads that pose a hindrance to daily commute and rash driving by bikers.
The city boasts well-marked zebra crossings, adequate footpaths for pedestrians, underground SMART dustbins, reduced encroachments. Raipur fares well in almost all parameters of road safety. It won the category of ‘Road Safety’ and ‘Pedestrian Rights’.
However, the city could do better with stricter fines for traffic violators and awareness about road safety and garbage disposal.
Other cities can take inspiration from Chennai on how to ensure good road safety. The city has wide, well-connected roads that are lit properly. It also boasts rigorous night patrolling where traffic rules violators are fined. One of the best initiatives taken by Chennai is the separate parking space on city roads that prevent traffic from accumulating. It came out on top in the category ‘Motor Laws & Traffic Control’.
Areas where Chennai needs to improve are street lighting and cleanliness.
Indore is one of the few cities that has used plastic waste for construction of roads and covered garbage disposals, which explains why the city won the ‘Road Cleanliness’ category. Indore also has adequate zebra crossings, visual signals, street lights, footpaths.
But areas where the city needs improvement are – strict action against traffic violators, public spaces more differently-abled friendly.
There is a lot to learn from the road safety measures implemented by Ahmedabad – sound medical facilities, separate lanes for local buses, special cab service for differently-abled, wide roads. Ahmedabad won in the category ‘Emergency Services’, ‘Road Transport Infrastructure’ and ‘Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management’.
If the Heritage City improves road safety awareness among citizens, it’s bound to fare even better. Better street lighting and lesser encroachments will work in favour of Ahmedabad.
The other cities shortlisted were Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad but they didn’t win any category.
Maruti Suzuki’s initiative to rank cities will encourage citizens and administration to do better and emerge on top.
The Logical Indian community wholeheartedly appreciates the various initiatives undertaken by Maruti-Suzuki in this direction. Not only the government but we, as citizens of this country, should also pledge to make our roads safe. One of the first steps towards this is that we understand our duties.
We hope the authorities take a note while we pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer Indian roads.
For more information about the Maruti Suzuki’s initiative and the Road Safety Indexclick here.