International para-athlete stands for the post of president post in JNUSU
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International para-athlete stands for the post of president post in JNUSU

Nidhi Mishra, a differently abled student, who is visually impaired and also an international para-athlete, is contesting for the post of president post in Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union election 2018. Nidhi is a studying in Center for Social Exclusion and Inclusive policy in JNU.

Speaking exclusively with Newsd she said that this campus atmosphere has given her the opportunity to participate in the festival of democracy and as a result of that she is contesting in the students’ union election. She had been the president of her hostel and now is the time to raise the voice for the entire especially abled person in this campus. She said, “Well even this campus is not accessible for the person with disabilities.”

She was narrating her ordeal during the infamous ‘Presidential Debate’ of Jawaharlal Nehru Students Union Election. She said that there was no facility for a person like her to help in getting to the dice from the University election commission and none of her friends were allowed to be with her during the debate. Once the debate was over there was too much noise as students were shouting slogans and she had a rough moment while getting down from the stage. She said, “I stumbled upon the tables which were there and there was no one to help me.”

Nidhi is contesting from ‘Savarna Chhatra Sabha’, an organistion for upper caste people from the weaker economic background. She said that this is the only organisation which has helped her in raising her demand for Accessibility for all. She is also selected for Asian Para Games 2018, starting from October 06 in Indonesia.

Nidhi is a resident of Gazipur district in Uttar Pradesh, and her father is a farmer. She is 100-meter sprinter and will be representing India in 3 different sports category at Asian Para Games 2018, in Jakarta.

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