Major HPS Ahluwalia is a war hero from the 1965 India-Pakistan war in which he sustained a spinal cord injury. A few months earlier he had scaled Mount Everest. Subsequently, he founded Indian Spinal Injuries Centre in the late 1990s, and is a leading advocate for the SCI community. He is the Patron-in-Chief of The Spinal Foundation. (New Delhi, 74 years).
Shivjeet Singh Raghav is a Peer Counselor and Patient Educator at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre and President of the Consumer Committee of the Spinal Cord Society. He leads by example through his extremely active life despite severely challenging circumstances. He is widely travelled and brings networking skills with global peer groups. (Haryana, 56)
S Vaidyanathan is the co-founder of The Ganga Trust, which supports rehabilitation of physically challenged, Spinal Care India and Running For Ability. He is a Peer Counselor at the Mary Verghese Institute of Rehabilitation, a part of Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. Dr Suranjan Bhattacharji, a Gandhian and former Director, CMC, Vellore is his inspiration. (Vellore, 48)
Chandra Rama Rao faced a spinal cord injury at a very early age, but it did not deter her from pursuing her education and career. A Chartered Accountant by profession, she rose to top-notch positions in her banking job. She leads a vibrant life associating with NGOs and is a disability activist. She is widely travelled and lived with SCI for more than 55 years now. (Uttar Pradesh, 65).