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Meet Int’l chess player from Tral who challenges disability

Rajinder Singh, 35, is a physically challenged, international chess player from far-off village of Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

He has represented Kashmir and India at different Chess tournaments, and has done an amazing job with many achievements already in his kitty.

According to his parents, it was on July 1999, when Rajinder’s foot slipped in a bathroom at Srinagar, resulting in serious injury in spinal cord. From that day, Rajinder’s feet have never moved, but he always kept his hopes alive till the date.

“My son Rajinder was the student of 12th class at SP Higher Secondary School in Srinagar when his foot slipped during late evening hours of 07th July 1999, at our rental house, in outskirts of Srinagar city,” said his father Amarjeet Singh while talking to The Kashmir Window.

But physical challenges have never stopped this 35-year-old International chess player from achieving what others could not achieve. His quest to achieve excellence has never stopped.

“I always kept my hopes alive and never let my physical challenges to overpower my will power. My parents and some of my friends helped me a lot all the time” says Rajinder Singh.

He adds: “Most of my friends came to me while I remaining confined on bed for more than seven years due to spinal cord injury, and they highly motivated and encouraged me. With the help of the friends, I started to move on wheelchair, with new ideas in mind.”

Soon after Rajinder started to move, his carrier as a social activist and chess player also began. First he started working as a Social activist and was awarded by Speaker of Assembly in 2014 with prestigious “Madri Meherbaan” award for his outstanding performance as social activist.

Rajinder in chess played his first tournament in 2015 at Indoor stadium Srinagar where he won two games out of five, and was awarded with trophy and a certificate of appreciation for his brilliant performance.

In the same year, Rajinder got 3rd position in “State Chess Championship” and was highly appreciated, awarded with merit certificate and trophy.

Last year in 2016, Rajinder Singh, represented India in International South Asian Chess Championship by SAARC, in which more than 400 players participated. Rajinder despite good show lost game in quarter with his opponent from Maldives. Keeping in view his performance, the management there honoured him with “Best Enthusiast Award”.
In State Chess Championship of year 2016, Rajinder Singh, was once again awarded with “Best Loving Person of Chess” award in Srinagar.

Rajinder belongs to Gadpora hamlet of Tral. In a single-storey house, Rajinder proudly displays medals and certificates in his room, where he stayed on his bed, and waited for the opportunities to come as he wanted to play chess more and excel in many more competitions in future.

Apart from Chess game, Rajinder is working as Casual Labour in Roads & Buildings (R&B) department, from last four years. According to Rajinder, government should appoint him as permanent employee in R&B department now, so that he can fulfil all his needs and aspirations.

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