Activist S Ramakrishnan has now become the awardee of the honorable Padma Shri Award by being the man who helped hundreds of physically challenged people in Tamil Nadu.
S Ramakrishnan is a neck down fully paralyzed person who got paralyzed neck down because of an injury but has been in the wheelchair for the past 44 years. He is the one who started the Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA) in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli back in 1981 to help the disabled especially focusing on rural areas. He went on to help the differently-abled people in the rehabilitation.
It all started in 1975 for S Ramakrishnan when he went to Bengaluru in 1975. He was 20 years old at that time who wanted to pursue a career in the Navy. Being a fourth-year engineering student at that time he wanted to become a part of the Naval forces. He has already passed four days of interviews. On the fifth day, as a part of an interview, he was asked to leap 15 feet from a tree. But, that jump has fractured his cervical spine, diffusing his Navy dreams.
“After months of struggle, I finally realized that I cannot keep on denying my condition. I wanted to know what is going to happen now. I have decided to live life to the fullest,” said S Ramakrishnan in an interview.After getting medical attention for several months, S Ramakrishnan finally learned to acquire wheelchair independence. After a few days, he has decided to set up a school for the disabled in a small land gifted by his parents. Initially, the school opened doors for five differently-abled children. The school has now become a big movement within a few decades. Now, the school has been catering services and education to the children from more than 300 places in rural Tamil Nadu.