Monday, 19 March 2018

Women's Day Celebrations 2018: A tryst with Virali Modi

A tryst with Virali Modi

11 AM, 7th of March, 2018. It was a bright beautiful morning at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. Students from the department of Sociology and Social Work along with some faculty members had jam-packed Room no. 105 in Central Block eagerly waiting to see and hear the story of Virali Modi. She was warmly welcomed by the congregation along with a speech addressed by Ashima Samuel of MA Applied Sociology. Virali, as she wanted to be addressed started with her life story. Astounding the gathering with her miraculous memoir of coming back from dead thrice, she shared on how difficult it was to get back to normalcy when she was cured with the condition to be moved around in a wheel chair forever. Having initially struggled going to the extent of trying to commit suicide, she shared on how her family, specially her mother was crucial in getting her life back on track. She went on to narrate how her fight for disability’s rights started after an ugly experience in a train station in New Delhi. Since then there has been no turning back for her. Her efforts have been recognized largely being shown by the establishments of several differently-abled friendly train stations in the country. She has only gone from strength and strength. She finally highlighted on the current issues she has taken up recently and encouraged the gathering to join her in the fight. By 12 noon, the talk was wrapped up with Liza D’Souza giving the vote of thanks. This whole sequence of events could not have been possible without Ronit Ranjan of 2 EPS, who performed as the MC. 
Virali Modi is a legend already, an electrifying personality with so much energy and power oozing out of her. It was truly an inspiration for all of us present in the room. 

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