Manasi Joshi: Proved ‘where there is a will there is a way’

Manasi Joshi (born
on 11 June 1989) completed her graduation in Electronics Engineering from K. J.
Somaiya College of Engineering, University of Mumbai in 2010. Her name was not
much highlighted by different electronic and print media last couple of days albeit, along with PV Sindhu she is the
first Indian to win the gold at the Para World Badminton Championships
concluded recently (August 2019) in Basel, Switzerland.  She defeated her compatriot world champion
Parul Parmar in SL3 badminton. It is pertinent to mention that SL3 means standing/lower
limb impairment/minor. The Sports Ministry of Government of India has inspired
her by giving an amount of Rs 20 lakh. It is pertinent to mention that Indian
para-badminton players finished with 12 medals at the BWF World Championships
in 2019. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has handed over Rs.1.82 crore to the
medallists of the Para-Badminton World Championship immediately after reaching
to India, a great incentive for them as earlier they had to wait for cash
incentive and rules were also different. Now gold medal winners get Rs.  20 lakh, the silver medallists are given
Rs.14 lakh and to bronze winner, the amount is Rs. 8 lakh. On the other hand,
winners in the doubles events are given Rs 15 lakh each for gold, Rs. 10.5 lakh
each for silver and Rs. six lakh for bronze.
Manasi Joshi: Proved ‘where there is a will there is a way’
In 2011, she lost her
left leg in an accident when she was hit by a truck and also broke her arms and
sustained multiple other injuries. She was in the operation room for 12 hours,
and ended up with an amputated left leg due to gangrene. But all these health
issues could not prevent her from badminton playing. She believes, ‘where there
is a will there is a way’.
Today she is the great
name in the world as she has won Para World Badminton Championships.
According to her, “I used to represent my school, college and
then office in badminton championships. But I never thought of going
professional. Sport was a hobby, academics my goal.” It is pertinent to mention
that she was six years old when she started playing badminton with her father,
a retired scientist from 
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.
 In September
2015, she won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the Para-badminton World
Championship held in Stoke Mandeville, England.
In October 2018, she won a bronze medal for
India at the Asian Para Games 2018, held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her
achievements inter alia in nutshell
are presented here.
2015 medal in mixed
doubles Para-Badminton World Championships
2016 Bronze in
Para-Badminton Asian Championships women’s singles & women’s doubles
2017 Bronze in women’s
singles Para-Badminton World Championships
2018 Bronze medal in
women’s singles at Thailand Para-Badminton International
2018 Bronze medal in
women’s singles in Asian Para Games 2018
2019 Gold medal in
women’s single in Para Olympics.
Prime Minister Sri
Narendra Modi tweeted to congratulate all the medal winners, by mentioning, “130
crore Indians are extremely proud of the Indian Para Badminton contingent …
Congratulations to the entire team, whose success is extremely gladdening and
motivating. Each of these players is remarkable”.
Dr Shankar
Former Professor
& Head (CPME),NIRD & PR ( Govt. of India), Hyderabad,  India
Former Associate
Professor, Eritrea
Former Assistant
Prof, Govt. Degree College, Tripura, India
Former Senior
Planning Officer, Govt of Assam, India