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The Story Of The Gallant Arunima Sinha?Let?s Find Out More About This Youth Inspirational Figure!

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Arunima Sinha

We as human beings tend to make excuses when it comes to pursuing our dreams or simply getting a job done even when circumstances favor us. But there are people who challenge the odds, turn circumstances to their side and redefine success. There is umpteen number of stories about people who were born with disabilities or fell victim to circumstances or faced an accident but that didn?t stop them from making a mark in their respective fields and motivating people around the world. Their stories are touching, nerve-wracking and encouraging.

In 2011, twenty-four-year-old Arunima Sinha was thrown off a moving train by thugs for refusing to hand over the gold chain she was wearing. She lost her left leg when a train went over it. While dealing with pitying murmurs of, ?Who will marry you now,? and the absurd conspiracy theories that followed, she made a decision. She would climb Mount Everest. In 2013 she did just that, becoming the world?s first female amputee, and the first Indian amputee, to achieve this feat.

Let Us Read A Little More About This Inspirational Figure!

In April 2011, while traveling on the Padmavati Express train to give an examination to join the CISF, Arunima Sinha was pushed out of a running train by thieves when she resisting them as they wanted to snatch her bag and Gold chain. She fell on the railway track and another train coming on the parallel track crushed her leg below the knee.

She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and the doctors had to amputate her leg to save her life. She was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi for further treatment and spent four months at the Institute.

The Indian Sports Ministry offered compensation of Rs.25,000. Consequently, a national outrage triggered and the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Ajay Maken gave an additional two lakh rupees compensation as medical relief, with a job recommendation in CISF. She was also offered a job from the Indian Railways.

The police inquiry threw her story of the accident into doubt. As per the police, she either tried to commit suicide or while crossing the railway tracks she had met with an accident. However, Arunima Sinha claimed that the police were not telling the truth.

While still being treated in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, she resolved to climb Mount Everest. She was inspired by cricketer Yuvraj Singh (who had successfully battled cancer) and other television shows, "to do something" with her life.

She excelled in the basic mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, and was encouraged by her elder brother Omprakash to climb Everest. She climbed Mt Everest with a prosthetic leg, which was arranged by raising funds with the help of a swami of Ramakrishna Mission, Vadodara.

Arunima displayed immense self-belief and determination and refused to give up. She got in touch with Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest in 1984 to train under her after making up her mind to be a mountaineer.

And since then she hasn't had to look back. Despite being an amputee, Arunima fueled her desire to conquer the highest peaks in the world with hard work and steady focus, turning into a hugely inspirational figure. Apart from Everest, Arunima has also scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, Kosciuszko in Australia, Aconcagua in Argentina and Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Indonesia before this.

In 2015 Arunima was conferred the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor in India. In the same year, she also received the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award.

Such a gallant fighter gives us some major inspirational goals, for not letting her misfortune discourage her and instead boldly overcoming her obstacles, for proving yet again that women can do anything if they set their minds to it, for reinforcing the fact that differently-abled people are as talented and as capable as everyone else


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