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 & the first President of The Spinal Foundation. (New Delhi, 74 years).
Nazeema Hurzuk: A spinal injury at 16 did not hold back Nazeema. Be it education, job, career growth & international sports, she embraced ‘em all. She is the Founder and President of Helpers of the Handicapped. She has been actively championing the cause of physically challenged for almost three decades now. Nazeema gets things done, whatever be the hurdles. (Maharasthtra).
S Ramakrishnan sustained a cervical spinal cord injury during naval officer selection. Facing the most acute challenges, he forged ahead founding Amar Seva Sangam in Ayikudy, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. His organisation offers vocational training, schools, in-patient facility for spinal injured and works in 600 nearby villages. He pioneered networking spinal cord injured people in India. (Tamil Nadu)