1. Used and abused, differently abled 3-time gold medalist now survives on Rs 300 pension

Used and abused, differently abled 3-time gold medalist now survives on Rs 300 pension

There was no windfall for Kaushlendra Singh who despite bringing international recognition to India, survives today on his monthly pension of Rs 300.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 17, 2016 6:16 PM
There was no windfall for Kaushlendra Singh who despite bringing international recognition to India, survives today on his monthly pension of Rs 300. (Thinkstock) There was no windfall for Kaushlendra Singh who despite bringing international recognition to India, survives today on his monthly pension of Rs 300. (Thinkstock)

In the recently concluded Rio Olympics cash awards were granted to shuttler P V Sindhu, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik for their splendid performance. Even brand marketers of India rooted for them. But history has it, this isn’t how it was a couple of years ago.

Sakshi, Sindhu and many others became millionaires with one win, but there was no such windfall for Kaushlendra Singh who despite bringing international recognition to India, survives today on his monthly pension of Rs 300.

Many people may not even remember this 51 years old former athlete, but when he was 16, he won three gold medals at the International Abilympics in Tokyo in 1981 for 1,500m, 100m wheelchair race and 100m hurdles.

In 1982 Far East & South Pacific games in Hong Kong, Singh won a silver and a bronze.

This was a time when athletes were used, then neglected and forgotten. Even though Kaushlendra Singh won several other medals at national and international level and brought glory to India, he was discarded when he needed the nation. Today, he survives on a meagre pension of Rs 300 a month. For many years, he has vainly pleaded with the state government to grant him financial help as he is heavily dependent on his younger brother.

Kaushlendra lives at his ancestral home near Shahjahanpur with his brother Teerthraj. He feels desperate when he sees Paralympics medalists get recognition nowadays, while he has had to struggle for 20 years.

Politicians use his name for publicity and promise him financial aid during elections, but nothing reaches him.

He feels with his skills he will be able to help other athletes with special abilities, provided he is given the opportunity.

But for now, Singh has lost all hope.

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    Kapil
    Sep 20, 2016 at 3:36 am
    Such a pity.. Can our God of Cricket listen to this??
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      abhi
      Sep 30, 2016 at 3:27 am
      At least they deserve a little respectful life..... They have brought pride for India
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        Anilkumar K
        Oct 3, 2016 at 4:08 pm
        My suggestion is that, you may please connect us with him either by giving his local permanent address or financial express can open an account with a bank and inform us readers about it to enable us to contribute.
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        1. Satya Paul
          Oct 3, 2016 at 6:36 am
          Why always look to others. Why not do our bit. Let FE lead the way by doing the footwork of getting permissions, opening a/c etc and we Indians will contribute. We will not let them down!
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            Haresh L.
            Oct 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm
            The Said Sports man deserves a better deal.
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              Kalia
              Sep 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm
              Pls connect us with him so that as Indians we can do our duty to help the deserving.
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                Major MNK
                Oct 11, 2016 at 5:11 am
                If the Govt has failed him,it is inbent on us the Citizens of this Great Country to come forward to help him who brought Glory to this Country. If FE can lead, many including me will contribute to this noble cause. He rightly deserves help..
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                  gk
                  Oct 20, 2016 at 8:24 am
                  Even beggars earn more than Kaushlendra Singh, It is a shame such heros are neglected. SUPER RICH PROFESSIONAL CRICKET PLAYERS GET NATIONAL AWARDS immediately but dont remember such heros.I suppose Indian govt or Indians will not be poor by giving decent pension to indian heros,martyrs families ,,,,.New govt should get rid outdated rules and revise income for such persons keeping ground realities in mind
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                    Pank
                    Oct 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm
                    please share the contact details/bank Details and we will reach out to him
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                      Restore Trust
                      Nov 3, 2016 at 3:48 pm
                      Ques is, why a #Disabled Adult #INDIAN get only 10₹/day for survival @narendramodi Sir 🙏
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