News By/Courtesy: Abhishek Rathore | 05 Aug 2020 13:47pm IST

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  • Everyone has different perceptions of 'Success' but what we as a nation perceive as success is what is achieved by Devendra Jhajharia.
  • Hailing from Churu District of Rajasthan, born on 10 June 1981 Devendra Jhajharia is an Indian paralympic javelin thrower competing in F46 events.
  • While climbing a tree, at the age of eight he touched a live electric cable. After which he received medical attention but the doctors were forced to amputate his left hand.

Everyone has different perceptions of 'Success' but what we as a nation perceive as success is what is achieved by Devendra Jhajharia. 

Hailing from Churu District of Rajasthan, born on 10 June 1981 Devendra Jhajharia is an Indian paralympic javelin thrower competing in F46 events. He with discipline and his sheer determination and will along with the efforts of his coach RD Singh, has fetched 2 Gold Medals for India at Paralympics.

He won his first gold in Athens the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics, becoming only the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for India after Murlikant Petkar. Bettering his previous record at the 2016 Summer Paralympics held in Rio de Janeiro, he won a second gold medal in the same event. 

While climbing a tree, at the age of eight, he touched a live electric cable. After which he received medical attention, but the doctors were forced to amputate his left hand.

After this incident, as a child, he also fell prey to a lot of thoughts of isolation, suffered from depression along with his parents and the inferiority complex associated with it. 

Several questions also arose in his mind that whether the other children will let him play with them or not etc. To which his mother sent him out to play with others so that he felt equivalent to them. And then came a turning point in his life when Deepak became District Champion for the first time, which was significant to him as it proved to him that he is not weak. 

Despite waiting for such a long time, when 2008 and 2012 events could not be held, he worked consistently without getting deterred. After bettering his record of 2004 at 2016 Summer Paralympics, he proved that 35-year-old Devendra Jhajharia had trumped his 23-year-old self which reflects his dedication towards javelin. 

When he went for camps, he never uses to leave his spear in the storeroom. He always kept his spear in his room, to keep reminding himself about his ambition, which shows his sincere devotion towards javelin. 

He did not let his physical disability disable his mind, and is a living epitome of dedication, determination, devotion focus, hard work and sincerity. His achievements serve as a great source of motivation for us and will help all of us in the enlightenment of our path towards achieving success for sure. 

Currently, Devendra is being supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Para Champions Programme.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author's personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 05 Aug 2020 14:27pm IST


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