Thursday, 26 September 2019

Bengali Braille Literacy for the Print-Handicapped: Iswarchandra Vidyasagar & Barna Parichay 2019

ঈশ্বরচন্দ্র বিদ্যাসাগর 1819 -2019
Bharati  Bengali Braille  Literacy for  the Print -Handicapped  
বর্ণ পরিচয় বইটি আমরা মানে দৃষ্টিমান মানুষরা দেখে দেখে, হাতে লিখে লিখে, মুখে মুখে প্রশ্নের জবাব দিয়ে দিয়ে, অন্তরের অন্তস্থ করে সাক্ষর হয়েছি I  কিন্তু  যাঁরা ছোট বয়স থেকেই চোখে দেখতে পাননা, দুরারোগ্য জেনেটিক রোগে যাঁদের মাঝ বয়সে অথবা প্রৌঢ়ত্বে দৃষ্টি হারিয়ে যাচ্ছে তাঁরা বর্ণ-সাক্ষর হবেন কেমন করে ?
বর্ণ পরিচয় বইটির দুখন্ডের ব্রেল সংস্করণ হাতে স্পর্শ করে , তর্জনীর অগ্রভাগকে সংবেদনশীল করে,  অনবরত ব্রেল কাগজ ছুঁয়ে ছুঁয়ে, দিনের পর দিন  রাতের পর রাত কঠিন ব্রেল স্লেটে পিন ফুটিয়ে ফুটিয়ে এই নব সাক্ষররা শিক্ষার ব্যাপ্ত জগতে প্রবেশ করছেন I   একটার পর একটা পরীক্ষা দিয়ে স্বনির্ভর হচ্ছেন -- সমাজকে ফিরিয়ে দিচ্ছেন তাঁদের সক্রিয় সহযোগিতা I দয়া  নয়, করুণা নয় , সমান সুযোগ সমান অধিকারের দাবি নিয়ে মূলস্রোতের সাথে প্রতিযোগিতায় লড়ে যাচ্ছেন I
সবেরই মূল ভিত্তি " বর্ণ পরিচয় "  !
Society  for  the Visually Handicapped   -এর কাঁকুড়গাছি রাজ্য কেন্দ্রীয় গ্রন্থাগারের Braille  and  Talking  Book বিভাগের  একটি top priority task হলো Reach Education To Sightless Citizens--ব্রেল শেখাও, ব্রেল পড়াও , ব্রেল বই পৌঁছে দাও , ব্রেল শ্লেট দাও, ব্রেল কলম দাও , ব্রেল কাগজ দাও যাতে দৃষ্টি-প্রতিবন্ধী শিক্ষার্থী যেন ব্রেল reject না করে ! 

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

K. SATYA NARAYAN RAO: a Homage from the community of Persons with Disabilities & their well-wishers July 2019


Dr K Satyanarayan Rao was born in a noble and rich family on 9th December 1919 at Gopalpur, Ganjam District. His parents taught him virtues and good manners from his childhood. He completed his secondary education and then successfully graduated as an MBBS from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam. After his study in the year 1946 he started his nursing home at Berhampur. As a doctor he was loved by all rich and poor people. His service towards society was at the lowest fee, so sick were anxious to receive his service. As a young doctor, he treated the sick with utmost care and sympathy.
One day while returning from a village after treating a sick, he came across an accident. As a result he injured seriously and lost his sense. Fortunately, a public bus was passing by, and the driver took him to the hospital. The doctor saved his life. This is the turning point in his life, from where he completely change his life style and served poor people without any fee.
In the year 1960 he became the Honorary Secretary of the IRCS (Indian Red Cross Society), Ganjam District Branch. Whenever any disaster and calamity took place, he reached the place with relief materials. He started the following institutions to serve more people,
In the year 1966 Red Cross Maternity Hospital for Women and children
In the year 1974 Red Cross School for blind
In the year 1979 Louis Braille Vocational Training Centre for the Sightless
In the year 1981 society for Disabled and Hellen Keller red Cross School for the Deaf
In the year 1986 Braille Press project
In the year 1998 Odisha Blind Foundation.
Beside the above, he initiated several other projects for the service of disabled persons by which many people got benefit. His reputation spread all over the state, country and abroad as a true server of Red Cross. The BBC also interviewed him several times for his success. From 1966-1984 he worked as the Honorary Superintendent of the Red Cross Maternity Hospital, and every year he had done about 1800-2000 free operations.
For his valuable contribution and service for the Red Cross, in the year 1984 the President of India honoured him with a certificate of merit and in 1988 with a Red Cross Gold Medal. Because of his true and selfless service towards the poor he was awarded several honours by Rotary International.
He was not only a friend of disabled and poor, but also a great lover of music, art and culture. The Tyagaraj Bhakti samiti, Berhampur was founded by him in 1984 which is functioning till today
Being a true friend of disabled, the poor and the needy people, he passed away on 18th March 2011 at 10.30 am.