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World Suicide Prevention Day: Meet these real life heroes who did not give up on life!

A search on Google with the key words Suicide in India? will tell you that about eight lakh people commit suicide worldwide every year, out of which 17 % (1,35,000) are from India – a nation with 17.5% of the world’s population. Almost every one of us knows of someone directly or indirectly, who committed suicide. While it makes us sad when we come to know of such a thing, it also makes us wonder, What could be more important than life?? or ?Was the problem so big that life seemed trivial in front of the same??

Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, in order to create awareness and to commit ourselves to the cause of preventing suicides in India and the world, Nation Next speaks to real life heroes, who in spite of the odds, emerged as winners. The life stories of these heroes are a testimony to the fact that life is not as bad as it seems at times. There’s always a silver lining!

World Suicide Prevention Day - Major DP Singh
Major DP Singh

Major D P Singh, Kargil War veteran and blade runner

The odds: Major DP Singh was seriously injured during Operation Vijay in Kargil war in 1999, and the doctors had to amputate his leg to save his life. Major D P Singh says, I did not feel sad at all. In fact, I was proud that I could serve my country! I took it as a new challenge in life and thought that if I could overcome the challenge, I would be able to inspire a lot of people.

Against all odds: Major DP Singh is often referred to as India’s blade runner? and holds the Limca record for being the first Indian to run a half marathon with the blade. Hes also a motivational speaker and heads the organisation The Challenging Ones, which is a support group for physically disabled or The Challengers as Major DP Singh calls them.

Say no to suicide: ?Whichever profession you’re in, you can’t get successful until you undergo a test. If there’s a problem in your life, it means that the almighty has chosen you for something big in life. It’s a test you’re going through. If you pass the test, you will be walking towards something bigger in life. Suicide is a momentary thought and when you have that, just divert your attention and do something you really like, says Singh.

World Suicide Prevention Day - Divyanshu Ganatra
Amitabh Bachchan with Divyanshu Ganatra on the sets of the show ‘Aaj Ki Raat Hain Zindagi’

Divyanshu Ganatra, Blind psychologist and paraglider

The odds: When Divyanshu was 19, he lost his eyesight to glaucoma. Divyanshu says, I wasn’t suicidal but I was really sad for quite some time. I did not know what to do next. Then I understood that things are not really good or bad, it’s all about how you look at things. I thought I have become blind but things could have been worse. I could have gone deaf or mute too!

Against all odds: In 2014, Divyanshu became the first visually impaired person in India to paraglide. Today, Divyanshu runs an IT company, and he is an adventure enthusiast. Apart from being a paraglider, hes a mountain climber too. A few days back, he completed a tandem bike ride from Manali to Leh. In November 2015, he was featured on the television show Aaj ki Raat Hain Zindagi? hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.

Say no to suicide: Divyanshu says, If you have a problem, talk to somebody about it. It can be a psychologist or a friend. Trust somebody as they will help you out. And once that suicidal moment passes by, you’ll realise that everything is fine!

World Suicide Prevention Day - Kiran Kanojia
Kiran Kanojia

Kiran Kanojia, Blade runner and IT Professional

The odds: In 2011, while travelling in a train, Kiran Kanojia, then an Infosys employee, lost her leg in an incident. As she tried to stop some miscreants from snatching away her bag, she got dragged with the bag and her leg got stuck in the trains door. A couple of hours later, she signed a form, the doctors gave her, to amputate her leg. It was her birthday! Kiran says, When I was told that my leg would be amputated, the only thing came to my mind was, Why me?? I did not contemplate suicide but I wasn’t sure whether my life would be normal again.

Against all odds:  Kiran Kanojia is India’s first female blade runner and has ran in marathons in many cities of India. She also works with the multinational IT Company EMC2. Recently, she was one of the speakers at TEDx Hyderabad.

Say no to suicide: Kiran says, Certain people will always try to demotivate you. Don’t listen to them! Believe in yourself and challenge your limits. If you’re determined about solving your problems, you eventually will!

World Suicide Prevention Day - Ashok Munne
Ashok Munne at the Mera peak after scaling it

Ashok Munne, Moutaineer

The odds: Ashok Munne lost his right leg in a train accident in 2009. Ashok says, I was bed ridden for almost two years after the accident. I had health and financial problems and I became completely dependent on my family. Being dependent bothered me so much that I contemplated suicide. But then I decided that I’d work hard in life to solve all my problems.

Against all odds: Ashok scaled the 21, 247 high Mera Peak in Nepal in November 2012, becoming the first physically disabled person to do so. Recently, in May 2016, he went on the Mount Everest expedition and scaled 8,500 meters, of the 8,848 meters high mountain. He plans to go on the expedition again and finish scaling the entire mountain. Other than mountaineering, Ashok loves adventure trips and is really passionate about taking long tours on his bike.

Say no to suicide: ?If you have problems in life, fight with them. There’s no problem in the world, which does not have a solution. If I can do it, anybody can! says Ashok.

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The BR Ambedkar you didn’t know… | BR Ambedkar facts | BR Ambedkar history

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Mahaparinirvan Din 2022 is marked as the death anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar on December 6. He eradicated untouchability and promoted gender equality in India. Watch to know more about him.

6 दिसंबर 1956 में डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर का परिनिर्वाण हुआ था. आज मुंबई के चैत्यभूमि जहां उनका परिनिर्वाण place है वहां पर पूरे india से उनके दर्शन और उनको श्रद्धांजलि देने के लिए हजारों की तादाद में उनके followers पहुंचते है. 14 October 1956 को नागपुर के दीक्षाभूमि में लाखों लोगों को बौद्ध धम्म की दीक्षा देने के डेढ़ महीने बाद ही उनका परिनिर्वाण हुआ था. आज हम बाबासाहेब के उन rights की बात करेंगे, जो women को दिए गए है.

बाबासाहेब ने India में ऐसा revolution किया, जिसके कारण सैकड़ों सालों की ग़ुलामी और छुआछूत से backward classes के लोगों को मुक्ति मिली. बाबासाहेब के इस revolution को इतिहास में सबसे बड़े revolution में से एक माना जाता है. उन्होंने सभी के लिए equality की बात कही और सभी को समान rights constitution में दिए. बाबासाहेब ने women empowerment की बात सबसे पहले कही थी.महिलाओं को कानूनी रूप से अधिकार दिलाने और खासकर ancestral property में हिस्सा देने की बात बाबा साहेब आंबेडकर ने ही की थी.

बाबा साहब ने Constitution में तीन major बातें liberty, equality और fraternity की बात की, जिसमें उन्होंने fraternity को सबसे अहम माना. बाबा साहब भारत की तमाम महिलाओं के liberator
हैं. लेकिन अफसोस इस बात का है कि आंबेडकर को कई classes की महिलाएं ही अपना नहीं मानती हैं. बाबासाहेब ने अपने life में सभी articles के माध्यम से womens की problems को पुरज़ोर तरीके से उठाया था .Riddle of Women, women and counter-revolution, rise and fall of Hindu woman ऐसे कई articles बाबासाहेब ने समय–समय पर लिखे थे. हिन्दू कोड बिल की मांग को महिलाएं कैसे भूल सकती हैं, जिसके ना लागू होने के कारण बाबा साहब अपने मंत्री पद तक को छोड़ देते हैं. बाबासाहेब कहते हैं “मैं किसी भी समाज की तरक्की उस समाज की महिलाओ की तरक्की में देखता हुं.“ जिस समय india में लड़कियों को पढ़ाना भी गलत समझा जाता था और बेटों को ही पढ़ाया जाता था, उस समय कई बड़े -बड़े नेता भी लड़कियों को education और property देने के विरोध में थे. उस दौरान बाबासाहेब लड़कियों को बेटों की तरह ही पढ़ाने और कम उम्र में लड़कियों की शादी न करने की बात अपने articles में कहते थे. बाबासाहेब ने sc,st , obc सभी को अधिकार दिए, freedom of speech उन्हीं की देन है.

नागपुर और मुंबई से उनके followers का ख़ास रिश्ता रहा है और दोनों ही जगहों से लोग emotionally जुड़े हुए है. नागपुर जहां उन्होंने बौद्ध धम्म की दीक्षा ली और मुंबई जहां बाबासाहब ने अपनी अंतिम सांस ली. आज के दिन मुंबई के चैत्यभूमि में मायें अपने छोटे बच्चों को गोद में उठाकर, जिन बुजुर्गो को चलना नहीं होता है, वे अपने बच्चों के कंधे पर हाथ रखकर, बुजुर्ग महिलाएं हाथ में लकड़ी के सहारे सभी बाबासाहेब के दर्शन करने मुंबई पहुंचते है.

Nation Next की तरफ से बाबासाहेब के परिनिर्वाण दिन पर उन्हें भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजलि

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VIDEO: Rahul Gandhi blows kisses at BJP office during Bharat Jodo Yatra

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on December 6 morning during Bharat Jodo Yatra made headlines when he gave flying kisses to people at the BJP Jhalawar office’s rooftop who wanted to catch a glimpse of the march. 

Bharat Jodo Yatra is passing through Rajasthan now, it resumed from Khel Sankul and crossed Jhalawar city in the morning.

Just a day ago, Rahul Gandhi targeted opposition BJP and RSS, asking why they were not chanting ‘Jai Siyaram’ and ‘Hey Ram’.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Govind Singh Dotasra, and several MLAs are accompanying Gandhi on the yatra.

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Vidarbha’s 1st LGBTQI+ community-integrated HIV clinic opens in Nagpur

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SAHYOG – LGBTQI+ community-integrated HIV clinic in Nagpur

Vidarbha’s first LGBTQI+ community-integrated HIV clinic ‘SAHYOG’ was inaugurated in Nagpur’s Mohan Nagar area on December 5. Sarathi trust and Humsafar trust came together for the needful. Sony Pictures Networks India also supported the event. Nation Next brings you some exclusive photos from the opening.

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