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Invisible Majority, The
C.K. Meena
V.R. Ferose
Classification : General Non-Fiction
Pub Date : Dec 03, 2021
Imprint : HACHETTE INDIA
Page Extent : 352
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9789391028671
Price : 699

About the book

 

Sixteen fractures and eight surgeries caused by brittle bone disease could not stop Ummul Kher from cracking the prestigious IAS exam and joining the civil services.

The determination of homemaker Smrithy Rajesh to educate her child affected by autism and ADHD empowered her to forge a career path for herself.

Inspired by a blind friend, Pancham Cajla successfully transformed several railway stations, making them accessible to the visually impaired.

These are only a few of the umpteen stories of resilience, courage and remarkable determination that offer a sensitive, holistic view of the lives of persons with disabilities in this much-needed book for today’s India.

Navigating a range of topics with lucid ease – from history and laws to widespread social attitudes – it meticulously records and amplifies the diverse, vibrant voices of persons with disabilities. Equally, it turns its gaze on those inextricably linked to their lives – health professionals, educators, trainers, employers, caregivers and activists – highlighting the key roles they play.

Insightful, informative and moving, The Invisible Majority: India’s Abled Disabled is a timely and invaluable book that inspires societal transformation while addressing the crucial question: how do we make India a more inclusive nation?

 


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‘This book is an eye-opening narrative of an often-overlooked part of our lives and society. It allows us to enter the lives of the disabled and instils in us a deep respect for those who have forged their experiences into weapons of empowerment.’ – Malvika Iyer, disability activist
‘The book reads so wonderfully, like an engaging travelogue with so many stories of the “travel” that persons with disabilities and their families have to (perforce) undertake.’ – Shekhar Seshadri, psychiatrist and professor, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
disabilities and their caregivers.’ – Rajni Bakshi, author and Gandhi scholar
‘It is richly comprehensive. I also like the “tell it like it is” tone of the writing. Both the format and the content lend themselves to a general reader audience as well as people who are themselves dealing with
‘An absorbing, transforming and inspiring read from start to finish. Every chapter is infused with stories from people, movements, and organizations. Anecdotal and illustrative, it is thoroughly grounded in research and offers ideas for an inclusive future. A much-needed book, a timely book, a book we cannot be without.’ – Pradeep Sebastian, author
‘Each sentence in this generous book expresses the Inclusivity of the Heart – the largest inclusivity of all.’ – Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul and Universal Human
‘This book provides a clear and accessible overview of disability and inclusion. While it focuses on India, its message is global in every way. With a sense of cautious optimism for the future, it explores how attitudes have shifted over the years and the challenges that still lie before all of us to create a truly inclusive society.’ – Christian Klein, CEO, SAP
‘This book is a substantial contribution to the disability sector since it is packed with information on what is contemporary and exciting in this field. The wide range of innovations and entrepreneurs documented is simply breathtaking. Indeed the book gives one much hope and optimism for the possibilities of enrichment and inclusion. A must-read.’ – Poonam Natarajan, former chairperson, National Trust, Government of India
‘The Invisible Majority is a comprehensive and fascinating account of the story of Persons with Disabilities. I found it to be well-written, in many places even charmingly so, with endless amounts of original information. The book opened new vistas that broadened my knowledge and imagination of this universal issue.’ – Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus in psychology, Stanford University, and founder, Heroic Imagination Project
‘The book is timely since the focus must now shift to leveraging all workers as society opens up after the pandemic. I have personally seen the passion that Ferose brings to the issues of inclusion and how it affects not just people with disabilities but the people around them. The book will change your perspective on the disabled and how you can support this cause for creating a better society for all.’ – Kris Gopalakrishnan, vice chairman, Infosys
‘One cannot read this book without conceiving enormous admiration for the empathy the authors evoke for people with disabilities. Readers will find their constructive perspective refreshing and persuasive. You will come away with a deep appreciation for life seen through others’ eyes.’ – Vint Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist, Google
‘An excellent panoramic perspective on India’s disability sector… I am sure this well-researched and deeply engaging book will enable policy makers and practitioners to serve the cause of divyangjans more effectively.’ – M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India
     
C.K. Meena

A science graduate from Kerala who fled to her adoptive city of Bangalore for her post-graduation in English, C.K. Meena strayed into journalism and later branched out...(+)

V.R. Ferose

V.R. Ferose is a senior vice president at SAP SE and the head of SAP Academy for Engineering. He is the founder of the India Inclusion Foundation, a non-profit organiza...(+)