A lot of us believe that real inspiration comes from people who are very famous or popular. But that’s not it. True inspiration comes from people, who, despite the odds being against them, made it large and proved the world and the critics that nothing is impossible. The following are seven great Indians who, despite having some disability or the other, outshined, and shall continue to inspire people across all ages for decades.

1. SUDHA CHANDRAN

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This lady probably does not need an introduction for most of you. An educated girl, Sudha, found the toughest time of her life when in 1981 she met with an accident and the damages were miscalculated. In the end, the doctors had no option. They had to remove her right leg. But determined as she was, she replaced it with a prosthetic Jaipuri foot, and eventually, became one of the most popular Bharatanatyam dancers across the Indian subcontinent. Her performances were not just restricted to the country but was popular worldwide. Her growing popularity also gave her to come on screen as an actress for a number of TV shows and movies.

2. SHEKHAR NAIK

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We hear of cricket being considered as a religion in the country with the likes of Dhoni and Kohli finding the headlines on a regular basis. But little do we through light on the Blind Cricket Team of India, spear headed their captain, Shekhar Naik. He was born blind but not without a vision to excel. Naik is considered one of the best in the category across the seven continents and has an astonishing 32 centuries to his name.

3. SURESH ADVANI

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The famous oncologist was actually found to have polio around the age of eight and his life has been restricted to a wheelchair. A lot of his dreams being crushed, it transformed is confinement into an opportunity and has been awarded a Padma Shri and a Padma Bhushan for his relentless work in the field of Oncology.

4. RAJENDRA SINGH RAHELU

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Another victim of polio, Rajendra found his mishap at an infant age of eight months. But this did not shatter the glass between his destiny and dreams. After competing high school, he went on to attempt powerlifting. He initially began with 75kgs but after a lot of hard work, he pumped it to nearly 115kgs. He is a proud owner of a silver medal at CWG 2014.

5. ARUNIMA SINHA

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The lady lost her leg when she was jolted of a running train by a few thieves. A year and a half later, Arunima became the first woman amputee in the world to reach the peak of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, making history.

6. SAI PRASAD VISHWANANTHAN

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The man lost sensation over the lower half of his body at a young age. However, he shocked everyone when he became India’s first skydiver with disability and got his name inked into the Limca Records from 14,000 feet. That’s not all. He also co-founded Sahasra which gives scholarships to students who need help. He is currently a risk consultant in USA.

7. SADHNA DHAND

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The proud recipient of a national award for painting, Sadhna is less than three and a half feet tall, deaf and has brittle bone disease since she was 12. She now teaches her skill to other students and is also a social worker.