Vikram Agnihotri lost his both arms to electrocution at the age of seven after touching a high voltage wire. After the amputation with help of his family especially his mother he trained his legs to do everything that he could have done with his hands- right from writing, shaving to eating and using laptop.
“I give all the credit for my recovery and rehabilitation to my family, especially my mother. Who never gave up on me and always motivated me to get back to activities like swimming, skates, and football
He studied in regular school, completed his master’s degree and is now a motivational speaker who also runs a gas agency.
Vikram decided to learn driving and searched for driving schools but to his surprise there were no schools or training centers that offered diving license for hand amputees. So he confidently sat behind the wheel of an automatic shift gear and taught himself how to drive.
After years of pursuance and follow up the Motor Vehicles Act was amended and Vikram was the first double amputee to get a permanent driving license in India. He proudly shares “The amendment in the law will benefit millions of disabled people trying to get driver’s license”
Vikram is the first differently abled person to be part of desert storm motor rally India. He has driven more than 90,000 kms in past few years and his achievements have been recognized by Limca Book of Records.
Also what’s your excuse for not voting because Agnihotri has also inspired millions of voters across India and got inked on foot after voting?
Vikram has a great keenness for life; he is also a motivational speaker and aims to empower people with disabilities. He started an NGO called WIL (Winners in life) to support physically disabled people and His dream is to set up an institute for the physically challenged offering skill development and sports academy with counselling and vocational training.
Clearly Vikram is instilled with lot of qualities, His strong willed attitude and never say die spirit is an inspiring one!
(Interviewed and written by Raavya Sarda)