‘Facebook presents One India’ is a series which showcases stories of ordinary people coming together to impact the lives of many for the better. The Season 2 of One India revolves around the spirit of change, revolutionizing society using technology. This season is all about the stories that will reach and empower the communities.
This episode epitomizes the story of the ‘Bhatla Sisters’. These twins from Kanpur, Gore and Shruti Bhatla managed to overcome the challenges and achieve their goals despite suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, an incurable genetic bone disorder. They did not let their disability come in the way of realizing their dreams and pursued their passion of art and singing, becoming the role models for the society.
Bhatla sisters run a retail business of clothing and jewelry through online platforms. Becoming self – sufficient was one the most important and challenging sphere for them to vanquish. Today, they are equal contributors to the society with the brace of technology and other support systems.
“Since our birth life has been a challenge for us. We were constantly criticized and branded as ‘useless.’ We paint, make our own jewelry, design mehndi patterns and have our own online business. We were already on Facebook and then our friends suggested to create a Facebook page to list the items that we sell. Our entire family sacrificed their social life to be with us. I’ve seen a lot of differently able people on TV and even otherwise. Most of them don’t have the support that we have from our family. I hope we get a platform to build a school especially for differently abled & abandoned children.” - Gore Bhatla
On this episode, our panel of experts discusses and deliberate about the success story of Bhatla Sisters and about the challenges they faced initially. The panel comprises of Prof. Rajdeep Manwani (Coordinator – Dept. Of commerce, Jain University, Bangalore), Dipendra Manocha (President – Daisy Forum, India & Founder – Saksham Trustee, India), Shanti Raghavan (Founder – Enable India), Meenu Bhambhani (Vice President & Head – CSR, MPHASIS) and was moderated by Shivani Gupta (Associate Editor – republic TV).
The panelists also talked about how social media helps in bridging the gap between the developed and developing and the positive impact of technology on the lives of the differently abled. Moreover, they talk about the role that government plays and how the right blend of passion, idea and the correct platform can bring a change in the lives of people.
Watch the full episode of Bhatla Sisters to know more about their work and how they managed to give a new meaning to their lives.