Moving away from clinical, medical or therapeutic perspectives on disability, this book explores disability in India as a social, cultural and political phenomenon, arguing that this ‘difference’ should be accepted as a part of social diversity. It further interrogates the multiple issues of identification of the disabled and the forms of oppression they face.
Anita Ghai is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, New Delhi.
"Ghai’s book gives an extensive, detailed and complex overview of disability in India. It is the author’s position at the interface between a research scholar on disability, a disability rights activist and a disabled person that makes her book so interesting and demonstrative. As do her remarkable expressions of hope and strength as illustrated by her comment, “Polio was a gift –an opportunity from which to learn, experience, understand, and then move on” (p. 15)."
Anna-Lena Wolf, International Quarterly for Asian Studies