Kendrapara, February 7: There is something special we gaze at when we see disable person passing by us. Ever wondered what it is? It is their will-power to stand and lead in front of us. No such field is left that is not attained like us normal human beings by these physically challenged people. Likewise a 24 year old wheelchair bound woman in Odisha’ Kendrapara has set herself to prove that nothing can stop her from working for the welfare of the society.
Minati Barik, 24 year old woman who was born with both her legs paralysed, is contesting the rural body polls for the post of ward members from Bajapur village in Kantabania Gram Panchayat of Rajkanika Block. Like any other normal human she is set to contest for polls and is now campaigning for her ward. Such empowerment is needed for many as even normal beings don’t go to this extent just to serve the society.
With full of self esteem and pride Minati said that "I have a bunch of goals for myself. One of my aims is to open a school and self-employment training centre for the disabled people.”
Minati’s father Balram Barik said that "I was initially opposed to her decision. Now I am feeling proud that our daughter is contesting the elections. Seeing the support she is receiving from people while campaigning, I feel she took the right decision.”
Minati said that Physical deformity is not going to pose a stumbling block for those who are physically challenged provided they have the will power and mindset for doing better for society through public service. I would like to fight for the rights of the physically challenged. At the same time, I will take up the village's problem if people elect me. My disability is not my weakness, it is my strength.
Narottam Sahu, a local resident expressed himself when Minati registered for nomination "When she filed nomination papers, I was sympathetic towards her. I am now impressed with her guts and self-confidence. Initially we thought she will confine herself to home because of her immobility. But, now people are beginning to appreciate her zest and will power after she began campaigning on the wheelchair.”
Dhanjaya Das, former Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat said that "Minati's entry in the election field has added a refreshing air into to the poll firmament. She has become a living example that nothing is impossible.”