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Manasi Joshi: Proved ‘where there is a will there is a way’

Manasi Joshi (born on 11 June 1989) completed her graduation in Electronics Engineering from K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, University of Mumbai in 2010. Her name was not much highlighted by different electronic and print media last couple of days albeit, along with PV Sindhu she is the first Indian to win the gold at the Para World Badminton Championships concluded recently (August 2019) in Basel, Switzerland.  She defeated her compatriot world champion Parul Parmar in SL3 badminton. It is pertinent to mention that SL3 means standing/lower limb impairment/minor. The Sports Ministry of Government of India has inspired her by giving an amount of Rs 20 lakh. It is pertinent to mention that Indian para-badminton players finished with 12 medals at the BWF World Championships in 2019. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has handed over Rs.1.82 crore to the medallists of the Para-Badminton World Championship immediately after reaching to India, a great incentive for them as earlier they had to wait for cash incentive and rules were also different. Now gold medal winners get Rs.  20 lakh, the silver medallists are given Rs.14 lakh and to bronze winner, the amount is Rs. 8 lakh. On the other hand, winners in the doubles events are given Rs 15 lakh each for gold, Rs. 10.5 lakh each for silver and Rs. six lakh for bronze.
Manasi Joshi: Proved ‘where there is a will there is a way’

In 2011, she lost her left leg in an accident when she was hit by a truck and also broke her arms and sustained multiple other injuries. She was in the operation room for 12 hours, and ended up with an amputated left leg due to gangrene. But all these health issues could not prevent her from badminton playing. She believes, ‘where there is a will there is a way’.
Today she is the great name in the world as she has won Para World Badminton Championships. According to her, “I used to represent my school, college and then office in badminton championships. But I never thought of going professional. Sport was a hobby, academics my goal.” It is pertinent to mention that she was six years old when she started playing badminton with her father, a retired scientist from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.
 In September 2015, she won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the Para-badminton World Championship held in Stoke Mandeville, England. In October 2018, she won a bronze medal for India at the Asian Para Games 2018, held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her achievements inter alia in nutshell are presented here.
Ø  2015 medal in mixed doubles Para-Badminton World Championships
Ø  2016 Bronze in Para-Badminton Asian Championships women's singles & women's doubles
Ø  2017 Bronze in women's singles Para-Badminton World Championships
Ø  2018 Bronze medal in women's singles at Thailand Para-Badminton International
Ø  2018 Bronze medal in women's singles in Asian Para Games 2018
Ø  2019 Gold medal in women's single in Para Olympics.
Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi tweeted to congratulate all the medal winners, by mentioning, “130 crore Indians are extremely proud of the Indian Para Badminton contingent ... Congratulations to the entire team, whose success is extremely gladdening and motivating. Each of these players is remarkable”.
Dr Shankar Chatterjee
Former Professor & Head (CPME),NIRD & PR ( Govt. of India), Hyderabad,  India
Former Associate Professor, Eritrea
Former Assistant Prof, Govt. Degree College, Tripura, India
Former Senior Planning Officer, Govt of Assam, India