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Exclusive: Here is why Deepa Malik joined politics and BJP

09 Apr, 2019

Iconic and inspirational 'divyang' sportsperson Deepa Malik has joined politics. She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on March 25, 2019, in the presence of BJP President Amit Shah, party's Haryana unit chief Subhash Barala, and general secretary Anil Jain.

Though Deepa's entry into politics may surprise a few who don't know much about her. Those, who are familiar with her resilience and determination are sure that one day she would repeat her success in sports in politics as well. Deepa was born as a normal healthy child in 1970, but in 1977, she suffered from tumours along the spine and recovered after surgery and extensive physiotherapy. She got married in 1989 but her condition worsened once again at the age of 29. She underwent two surgeries in the Army Research and Referral Hospital, rated amongst the best in the country, but could not recover and was paralysed from the chest and below.

Deepa has an Army background. Her husband, Colonel (retd.) Bikram Singh Malik served the Armoured Corps in one of the oldest regiments of the corps, The Scinde Horse. Her father-in-law Major General (retd.) Balbir Singh Malik commanded the same regiment as her husband. Her husband's grandfather Late Major Asaram Malik was a gallantry war hero from the Poona Horse in World War II. Her father, Late Colonel BK Nagpal, served with the Grenadiers, a reputed Infantry Regiment. Her brother Brigadier Vikram Nagpal is presently in service. At the age of 36, Deepa felt that she had to do something more with her body to prove her mission -- 'Ability beyond Disability' and change the stereotypical mindset of the society towards the limitations of a woman in disability. And true to her grit and determination, in less than six years, she became an international sportsperson.

Her feats have been acknowledged with many awards. Prominent among these are the Arjuna Award in 2012, and Padma Shri in 2017 and Haryana Karambhoomi Award in 2008. The Government of Maharashtra has also awarded her with the Shiv Chhatrapati Award (Sports) in 2009. The list of her awards is very long and meritorious.

Source : oneindia.com

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