Turning weakness into strength, specially-abled turn toppers
Born with a spine deformity, Deeksha Sharma is the topper in the specially-abled category in the MP Board’s Class 10 exam, and she now aspires to be a doctor. She scored 97%.
A resident of Bhind, Deeksha Sharma said it was very difficult for my family to accept my deformity. “They took me to every possible doctors but everybody says the treatment could prove fatal. Now my family has lost all hope, but I am confident that one day I will be well again,” said Deeksha.
“People showed sympathy in my presence, but also joked about my condition behind my back, but I never let such things distracted me. Rather such jibes motivated me to do better. Now, I will take science in class 11 so I can become a successful doctor,” she added.
Deeksha said she never wanted sympathy for herself and therefore never shared her pain with anyone. It was this grit that ensured she never skipped a single day in school.
“This girl is a boon from God. I never saw such passion in a girl like her. She never skipped school and even during extra classes she was the first to reach the school. She is a role model of our school not because of her deformity but because of her sincerity,” said MK Tomar, principal of Government Higher Secondary School Bhind.
The proud father, who is farmer and also a local politician, Ramavtar Sharma said, “I learnt a lot from my daughter. Her unparallel courage and determination is a strength for our family. Unlike other parents, we do not guide her, rather she guides her. I am proud of her.”
Another student who overcame his weakness to become topper is Shashi Shekhar Prakash, who is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome, a type of autism. Shashi scored 88% and became topper in the specially-abled category in class 12.