Several special days have been marked in our calendar namely Teachers' Day, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Independence Day, etc. but has anyone in India every thought of marking the World Deaf Day like the other countries (like USA, UK, Sweden, etc.) do? Alas, the answer is no. There is no such a special day as World Deaf Day on any of Indian calendar.
Thus, Mr.Alok Kumar Kejriwal, Mr.Sunil Sahasrabudhe and I (Mr.Aqil Chinoy) planned the date 24th September as India's first World Deaf Day when all the deaf people walked out from darkness of ignorance and told the whole India via media that there SHOULD be a World Deaf Day in India.
For thie first time in India on the World Deaf Day, the Deaf Rally consisiting of few celebrities and around 800 Deaf people from several Deaf Schools and Associations attracted the Media as they marched peacefully holding the banners and slogans. There was a sensational feelings in the heart of the deaf people as they walked side by side, made new friends and communicated through Signs, their own natural language.
I, along with the Committee members of India Deaf Expo, wish to express our thanks to the following celebrities, sponsors, schools, association and all Deaf people for their active participation in the Deaf Rally.
|Ms. Shaina NC||Fashion Designer & Social Worker|
|Mr. Prahlad Kakkar||Advertising Person|
|Mr. Ashok Pandit||Activitst & Film Director|
|Mr. Anil Dharker||Author & Social Activist|
|Banners, Badges & Media Coverage|
|Parle Bisleri Pvt. Ltd.||Mineral Water|
|Colaba Police Station||Traffic Clearance & Security|
The Stephen High School for Deaf & Aphasic - Dadar
|Bombay Institution for Deaf & Mutes - Mazgaon|
|Pragati Vidyalaya for Deaf - Dadar|
|Nair Hospital School for Deaf - Grant Road|
|Sanskardham School for Hearing Impaired - Goregaon|
|Save the Children - Special Care Centre - Bandra|
|Vikas Vidyalaya for Hearing Handicapped - Dadar|
|India Deaf Society - Mumbai|
|Bombay Foundation of Deaf Women, Mumbai|
|Maharashtra Deaf Pride, Mumbai|
|Ishara Foundation, Mumbai|
|India Center for Human Rights & Laws (Hearing NGO), Mumbai|
|Navratri Navyuvak Mandal for the Deaf, Mumbai|
|Deaf Leader, Coimbatore|