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Akshansh Gupta- Indian Man With CP Gets PhD

December 3, 2015

Akshansh Gupta, 32, has just completed his doctorate from India’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in brain and computer interface.

Mr Gupta has cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that severely limits his movements and speech capability. He cannot walk, operate his own wheelchair or even feed himself.

India has more than 25 million disabled people but the country severely lacks proper infrastructure to support them.

“I feel that if you are determined, you can achieve anything. But you have to take the first step, until you do that, you can’t expect the world to support you,” he told the BBC.

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  1. shaunt permalink
    December 3, 2015 11:08 pm

    I almost did the same, well at least I got through to starting a PhD. It’s very easy under these circumstances to believe the hype generated by those around you and believe it’s because you are special, more hard working, etc., rather than, say, at the right place at the right time. In my case it would not have been possible without a government grant that entitled me to an Access to higher education (or something like that) grant. As to the, it’s possible to achieve anything, this is just another variant of the above. I know we are all special, but thats unlikely to be because we’ve got super-special skills and unlimited determination. The right-wing Tory loves this way of thinking as it follows that: who needs government legislation to protect the rights of those with disabilities or even a benefit system to pay for food and a roof over your head; as achievement, is merely a function of inherent genius and the degree of determination one has? Turned around, this implies that all those successful city financiers, earning £ millions per annum, must all be super geniuses with unlimited degrees of determination.

    Personally, I’ve tried my hardest to fly single-handed to the Moon, without any success. So I guess it’s not literally possible to do anything if try hard enough, just somethings. Mind you if Richard Branson gave me a place on his proposed venture to outer-space then it would be possible. So while not everything is possible, if you try your hardest, a lot more is possible. However, if you know the right people or get some help from others in society, then almost anything might be possible.

    “I feel that if you are determined, you can achieve anything. But you have to take the first step, until you do that, you can’t expect the world to support you,” he told the BBC. With that attitude he should apply for Minister for the disabled, or at least a post as a policy guru. As the only help you get from that department towards making your first step is a kick-up the rectum from G4S security guards, as you’re thrown out the Job Centre for having the temerity to ask if there are any full-time paid jobs on offer.

    shaunt

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