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Meet The First Indian Without Arms To Get A Driving License

I was just 7 years old when I lost both my arms. There was an 11kV cable that was going to the village. I was at my friend’s place when I accidentally touched it. Both my arms were badly burnt. When I woke up in the hospital, my parents said I had lost both my arms. Following that talk, they never treated me as a victim or a differently-abled person. When my dad was posted at the Indian Embassy abroad, I met someone who was born without arms. He had developed his own system for driving a car and doing everything. So, for the first time, when I was 15, I took his car for a test drive.
I always wanted to do things on my own, without anyone’s help. I feel like I have succeeded. After the accident, I learned to swim. It gave me a purpose in life. I was skating and playing football like any other child. I still do. I was running a petroleum and gas distribution business until I found my calling. I started a nonprofit called WiL (Winners in Life). We offer motivational training programs for the disabled. Now I hope to launch a center for awareness, to help people deal with different challenges. For any physically disabled person, the struggle is in accepting what has happened. When you have accepted the circumstances and yourself, the problems don’t look so huge.
There are always situations that are not conducive to my condition, but it is my positive approach that helps me scale any obstacle. Getting my driving license was a challenge. I bought my car in 2015, but no driving schools accepted to train a hand amputee. Eventually, as my driving skills got better, the RTO rejected my license application claiming that the Motor Vehicles Act has no provision to grant one to a bilateral amputee. I appealed to the government, and in a year, the Act was amended. I am the first Indian without arms to get a driving license.
Most of what I have achieved has been possible largely because of my support system. There was only encouragement from my family and friends. I want to help as many people as possible with WiL Center of Awareness, raise awareness about the challenges differently-abled Indians face and mobilize resources for them to overcome it.
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Vikram Agnihotri will compete in the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2018, the longest and toughest cross-country rally in India in the desert. With this event, Vikram hopes to raise funds to help more disabled people overcome their challenging situations and create successful lives. Support his efforts
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5th April 2018
Dear Supporters,

The event, Desert Storm 2018 has ended on a very high note for the WiL team.  We manage to secure the 2nd Runners-up position in the Xplore Professional category.  A feat never been accomplished by a differently abled person, driving the vehicle with the feet, in the history of motor sports in India.  Although the event has come to an end the fundraiser will continue till the target is met.  They'll be many more opportunities to draw attention to our cause.  

So once again, I'd like to thank everyone for their generous contribution and the wholehearted support to the noble cause.
Dear Supporters,

The event, Desert Storm 2018 has ended on a very high note for the WiL team.  We manage to secure the 2nd Runners-up position in the Xplore Professional category.  A feat never been accomplished by a differently abled person, driving the vehicle with the feet, in the history of motor sports in India.  Although the event has come to an end the fundraiser will continue till the target is met.  They'll be many more opportunities to draw attention to our cause.  

So once again, I'd like to thank everyone for their generous contribution and the wholehearted support to the noble cause.
29th March 2018
Dear Supporters,

The Desert Storm 2018 has concluded and it gives me great pride in announcing that Ankit and I has bagged the 2nd Runner's-up in the Xplore Professional category.  A historic win considering all the factors.  I'd like to thank everyone who supported us and our cause.  Although the funds raised were below expectation but the cause received tremendous exposure as it was shared over 1000 groups on the Facebook.  That is a huge success.  

Thank you once again and keep the faith.
Dear Supporters,

The Desert Storm 2018 has concluded and it gives me great pride in announcing that Ankit and I has bagged the 2nd Runner's-up in the Xplore Professional category.  A historic win considering all the factors.  I'd like to thank everyone who supported us and our cause.  Although the funds raised were below expectation but the cause received tremendous exposure as it was shared over 1000 groups on the Facebook.  That is a huge success.  

Thank you once again and keep the faith.
Rs.24,850
raised of Rs.5,000,000 goal

13 Supporters

Beneficiary: VITAL SPARK WEL... info_outline

Supporters (13)

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Anonymous donated Rs.250
5 months ago

Best of luck sir

A
Anonymous donated Rs.100
8 months ago
A
Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
8 months ago
NJ
Navneet donated Rs.2,500
8 months ago

Well done Vikram, we r proud of you.

A
Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
8 months ago

Best of luck

YB
Yana donated Rs.2,500
8 months ago