These disabled drivers are out to claim their right to space
This is a journey with a mission. Five disabled people have hit the road to set a record by going from Kanyakumari to Ladakh in five days
They set off on 6 June on a trip that will take them from Kanyakumari to Khardung La pass in Ladakh. The 4,000-km journey will be done using modified bikes and cars. The idea is to not just create a new record, but to send out a message that people with disabilities too have a right to space.
The riders call themselves TriChakras are led by a person without a disability, Shankar Jaikishan. Jaikishan has been modifying motor vehicles to suit the needs of people with disabilities.
The others members of the team are between the ages of 30 to 50 years old and they have been preparing for the trip for the last two years. They have done many short and long trips, including one to Goa.
All members of TriChakras have a disability related to sensory feeling below the waist.
The team hopes to reach Khardung La early on 11 June. There are some people on modfied bikes while the others are on modified cars. They plan to rest for six-seven hours a day and cover as much ground as possible during the rest of the time.
Dilip Muralidharan, who is one of the members of the TriChakra team, is not participating in the expedition, but hopes that such efforts help reclaim physical and social space for disabled people.