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“I find disability rights fascinating because they challenge notions of normalcy”: Amba Salelkar

A photo of Amba Salelkar speaking into a microphone.

An interview with disability rights activist Amba Salelkar, in which she speaks about law, policy, and the intersection between gender, sexuality and disability.

Working at a policy level to make laws inclusive for people with disabilities is no easy task. Meet Amba Salelkar, a disability rights activist. She is a Board Member at Equals Centre for Promotion of Social Justice, a disability rights advocacy organization. Previously, she has worked with Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability Law and Policy and prior to that, as a criminal lawyer in Mumbai.

We chatted with Amba on Twitter on her journey from litigation to policy, current laws in India on disability, her recommendations to the Justice Verma committee and the intersection of gender, sexuality and disability.

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Japleen Pasricha

Feminist. Activist. Founder of Feminism In India.com. Writer. Educator. Traveler. Not particularly in that order.

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  • […] Amba Salelkar, a disability rights activist working at the policy level to make laws inclusive for people with disabilities, is uncomfortable with the term. She says, “the head of State recognizing people with disabilities as Divyang is very uncomfortable, because really it conveys the image that people with disabilities have achieved things, despite all obstacles, because there is some divinity or special power within them that gives them this ability. Which takes the focus away from the removal of barriers, which is kind of the whole point of the social model of disability, and which is the State obligation to fulfill. The intention may be to remove attitudinal barriers, but it runs the risk of creating another one, which is prioritizing one kind of disabled person (the achiever) over another. It’s a step backward and is quite incompatible with what India should be doing under various International covenants.” […]

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