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29 July 2011

Hasnul Banna Khan: Unsung Child Hero

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By Wakeel Ahmad
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Hasnul Banna Khan is the rarest of rare whiz kid, hailing from the district of Gaya in the state of Bihar, who has displayed his extraordinary caliber and daring approach among physically challenged children in India. Call him a daredevil or child wizard – Hasnul Banna Khan has proved his mettle by clinching medals and certificates of merit in sports for the handicapped organized at national as well as international levels. He hardly loses any opportunity in participating at athlete meet for the handicapped organized anywhere in the country.


Khan’s joy knew no bound when he was conferred the Certificate of Merit in his debut performance “First International Sports and Talent Meet for the Handicapped”RYLA 2008 organized by the Rotary International at Chennai. Right from the very inception he left no stone unturned in making extraordinary endeavors in making his presence felt in almost all sports meet for the handicapped. However, long distances it might be, he kept negotiating a long distance from Gaya to Bangalore, Chennai, Haryana, Delhi, MP and Orissa to quench his athletic thirst. On myriad occasions, he was short of money to get even his ticket booked to reach the destination, but he hardly bothered it. His passion and killing instincts kept everything at bay. By dint of hard work and patience he achieved spectacular result in all the athlete meets.


The areas in which he has performed and received honored are such as Shotput, 400 meter Race and Soccer etc...He comes from a middle class family of the Gaya town. Initially, he used to be in utter mental trauma and agony because of financial problem. He received a severe shock when he could not continue his studies in Shatabdi Public School, Gaya, for his father was not able to afford his fee in English Medium School. While speaking to this scribe he became speechless the moment he started relating all about his school, where he had been receiving education. He had to leave his school when he was only in Std. 6th due to steep fee hike in English medium School. No one came out to help him under such circumstances .Even as he tried his level best to get his fees waived off, he failed in doing so. Both the Secretary and the Manager of the school did not take him in to account in accommodating him under such circumstances. In consequence of it, he had to drop his studies. However, he kept running from pillar to post for getting his demand redressed, but to no avail. His dream of receiving education in English Medium School shattered. Unfazed and invincible, he did not lose his heart and kept trying his luck in athletic. Despite many odds and vicissitudes, he never looked back and kept making extraordinary endeavor to carve out a niche for his name to bring fame for his state and the country. He deserves much appreciation when he himself has scripted his own success story. He was even honored various certificates of merit by different dignitaries of the sport, besides possessing certificate of merit from the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Mr. Sushil Kumar Modi for bagging many awards and medals in the Athlete Meet for the handicapped from different states


“I was immensely guided and inspired by Gurda Sir,” said Banna. But the bitter experience that I got from my Alma Mater –Shatabdi Public School, Gaya ever keeps me nostalgic.


Even as he has bagged many medals and received many awards at the different Athlete Meet among handicapped across the country, he has not yet been provided any monetary help or concession of fee in his studies by the government. “What will become of a dozen awards and certificates of merit from the president of Paralympics Committee or other reputed organizations?” asks Hasnul Banna quite saddeningly. To mention a few awards from where he has received are such as Paralympics committee Of Bihar in 2008 and again in 2009. The 12th All India Open Handicapped Sports Meet, organized by Rajiv Sports Foundation, Nagpur and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Delhi (December 9, 2007).


He is due to attend the award ceremony to be organized at the Krishna Memorial Bhawan in Patna in the month of August in which Bihar Chief Miister Nitish Kumar will award him the Certificate of Merit for performing excellently in Paralympics Committee of India.. He told his inscribe that he is committed to get his name enrolled in the Guinness Book of Records.


[Wakeel Ahmad is a Journalist based at Gaya, Bihar. He can be reached at wakeeldel@gmail.com]

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