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MP: Many left hands to rise for Bharat Ratna to Big B

For God’s sake, don’t replace the left with the right, because the left is already right.

bhopal Updated: Aug 13, 2016 19:37 IST
Khushboo Joshi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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Lefthanders Day being celebrated at Pretty Petals School in Bhopal on Friday. (HT photo)

For God’s sake, don’t replace the left with the right, because the left is already right.

With this spirit in the heart, around 5,000 lefties from across the country will launch a unique ‘ab ki baar Amitabh, Bharat Ratna ke haqdaar’ campaign for the left-handed superstar Amitabh Bachchan in Goa on the International Left Handers Day, which is observed on August 13 every year.

Indian Left Hander Club director Sandeip Vishnoi said the campaign would be unique in many ways and would be organized at the International Centre of Goa. It is meant to bust the superstition that being a leftie is a socio-physical disadvantage.

“The campaign will begin in the form of a ‘selfie drive’. We will provide T-shirts carrying the slogan ‘ab ki baar Amitabh Bharat Ratna ke haqdaar’. The left-handers will click their selfies with this T-shirt on and upload the same on our Facebook page. We are hoping to get more than one lakh signatures. On August 13, 2017, we will organise a silent march in Delhi and hand over the signed petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also is a left-hander,” said Vishnoi

“There are more than 10 crore left-handers in India, which is almost 10% of the overall population. Now just think for a moment that they all are being tortured for being left-handed. What impact it will have on their minds? Researchers have shown that the moment a mother recognises that her child is starting to work with the left hand, she starts forcing it to switch to the right hand. Little does she know that the motor skills have science behind them.”

Hailing from Indore, Vishnoi founded the organisation in 2008 and since then, the club has more than two lakh registered members. “Youngsters are in huge numbers. We frequently organise workshops for guiding them what career they should opt for. We have experts to advise them about their future perspectives,” shares Vishnoi.

On how left is also right, Vishnoi said, “A human brain has two hemispheres. The left and the right. People who are dominated by their left, perform their motor activities with the right hand. Likewise, those who are dominated by their right hemisphere are usually left-handers. Now if we forcibly try to alter the natural arrangement, there can be worst impacts. The whole brain functioning gets affected. Often, in these circumstances, the child remains confused and hassled and even gets into depression. Child’s natural growth is hampered, efficiency lessens.”

Facts say that left-handed people perform no less than the right-handed ones. “It is seen that the people with the right hemisphere domination are more creative. They do extremely well in all kinds of arts, sports and sciences. Almost all the left handers are good at drawing, they have a better hand-writing and they are moody too. The most important thing to note here is that they need the right direction at the right time and they do wonders.”

But, they can be real trouble too. As per a recent survey, the maximum number of prisoners are left-handers. Therefore, the people should understand the reality and do away with the age-old bias against the lefties, he says.

The left-hander club coordinator, Bhopal, says there was a girl named Gayatri who was excellent in studies. But, she was forced to change her hand domination to the right. Somehow she completed her studies. But, the taboo didn’t leave her. She had to suffer three marriage engagements broken when the boys’ side discovered that she was a leftie.

Pretty Petals Kids School director Shashi Keswani, who organises a party for children on the left-handers’ day every year, says, “This is to suggest to all the parents to consider left-handed children equally gifted. We have several examples of left-handed kids who are excellent multi-taskers, besides being extremely creative and sporty.”

First Published: Aug 13, 2016 11:45 IST