Differently-abled topper in seventh heaven after Modi’s praise

A differently-abled girl from Gurgaon is in the seventh heaven after Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned her achievement in his monthly radio programme, “Mann Ki Baat”, today.

Anushka Panda (15), a student of Sun City school in Gurgaon, is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy. She had recently topped the CBSE Class 10 board examination in the disabled category with 97.8 per cent marks. Her parents said she was suffering from the genetic disease since childhood and was in a wheelchair.

“I came across the news of Gurgaon’s specially-abled daughter Anushka Panda, who is suffering from a physical condition called spinal muscular atrophy. Anushka did not let her disability deter her from becoming an all-India topper,” Modi said on radio. There were a lot of specially-abled students and those from poor families who did not let their adverse situation become a hindrance in the path of their success, he added. PTI

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