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-Kanika Agarwal, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
President Pranab Mukherjee on 30th March, 2015 conferred Bharat Ratna, country’s highest civilian award, on educationist and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya, who shared this honour with the former Prime Minister Mr.Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi
Padma Awards along with Bharat Ratna award were distributed by the president. One of the awards in sports category was given to an amputee, Arunima Sinha, which has given a ray of hope to many Indians who struggle because of physical disabilities.
On 27th of January, 2015 Times of India quoted that“ Arunima Sinha may have lost her leg to a railway accident but she has achieved what few can think of in four years since the incident took place. The woman amputee, who recently created a world record by climbing Mount Everest, received the Padma Shri award on Sunday. Speaking to TOI, the recipient of the fourth highest civilian award in India said: “I was completely surprised when officials from the ministry of home affairs called me to inform about the award two days ago. It is a great honour and will encourage persons like me to live with confidence and strive to do better in life.” Sinha’s book titled ‘Born on a mountain’ was recently launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In year 2011, the 26-year-old athlete lost one of her legs after she was thrown off a moving train when she resisted a gang of thieves. But she didn’t lose hope and trained hard with the help of an artificial limb to climb the mountain as she wanted to scale the Everest.”
Arunima said that she had to do something in life so that people would stop looking at her with pity. And in the age of 26, she became India’s first woman to conquer Mt. Everest on a prosthetic leg. Saluting Arunima’s “courage, grit, determination and dedication,” Tata Steel official Sunil Bhaskaran in an article by The Hindu on 21st of May ,2013 said “These qualities played a major role in her very special achievement. Youth of the country will derive inspiration from achievers like Arunima who have now etched their names in history for their extraordinary and brave achievements, despite all odds.”