About Me

Heart Beats

“We were 80 meters away from the enemy post. A 48-hour lull at that time, without a single bullet being fired, was slightly unnerving. When the conflict scene is hot and nothing happens, you have a feeling that something bad is about to happen. There was a sense of foreboding which precedes a tragedy”

“The killing area of a bomb is in an eight-meter diameter. Today I can joke that the bomb had my name written on it but it couldn’t still kill me. Jaako raakhe saiyan, mar sake na koye,”

“When I lay dying in the battlefield, my mates carried me to safety risking their own lives. I owe a huge debt I can never repay to those countless people who worked tirelessly to save my life…”

“I never felt I was dying. The moment one gives up, one is dead. Then even the doctors can’t save you. This was God’s own given path for me. When the news that my leg was affected with gangrene was delivered, I could have given up. But I saw it like a challenge. I said to myself: ‘Let me see how people without one leg live.”

I would listen to dialogues from Sholay and Gabbar Singh’s famous dialogue ‘ Jo dar gaya, samjho mar gaya’ (he who is afraid is dead) boosted my morale.”

“Sikh religion is… you know, Guru has taught us to be Saint and Soldier. I just lost a leg, nothing else…so how can I just start giving up on life? And of course after going into the army…we are trained to survive in each type of condition and I am actually indebted to my religion and army who made my personality whatever I am today.”

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“I just couldn’t get used to the sympathetic glances I used to get from people. After a while, I was desperate to change that”

“I decided to do running”

“From lying down on the bed, to being on my feet and learning how to walk again, first with a crutch and then with an artificial leg: I went through a gamut of emotions”

“Yes, it took me 14 years to be able to start running”

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“I found I could hop with my good leg, then drag the prosthetic”

“And that’s only the beginning. When I run with my blade, I feel the jarring impact of my feet on the ground all the way from hip to head. I run for the sheer exhilaration of it, but when I finally stop, I’m bruised all over…”

“Sweating out like this after so long elated me. Although it was slow going, but I managed to run two half marathons like this”

“To run at 5 am, I wake up at 3”

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“This has made me want to give back, somehow.” Singh has begun a support group for amputees, The Challenging Ones, to encourage and enable people like him to strive to rise above their disability through sports.”

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“The nomenclature is derived from ‘physically challenged’ used to describe the disabled. But we are not the challenged. We can do something which a four-limbs-intact person is doing and we are doing it with one limbless, by putting 200 percent to be at par with ‘normal’ people. We are doing more with less. By challenging the status quo, we become the challengers.”

“We also have a peer support group. When we come to know of a new accident case, the attempt is to go and meet the person.”

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“The blood running in my veins belongs to citizens of our country. I don’t know how many people donated blood. I never thought I would die.

“Running makes me happy. The fact that others get inspired by me is a by-product. I am providing others with the attitude to beat the odds.”

“I share my life story without connecting it with jargon or self-help books. I share only my life learnings and build the inner self of a person. The main teaching is correcting the person’s attitude towards himself and the world. It should move from negativity towards positivity. You cannot motivate anybody for their own individual challenges. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. The biggest pill is positivity.”

Major DP Singh

He is a Kargil war survivor, India’s first amputee marathon runner and a Limca (infact, multiple) record holder.

Some of his achievements include:

• Ambassador for the ‘Year of Disabled’ celebration of Indian Army, 2018

• Limca “People of the year” 2016 award

• Face of ‘More to give” Campaign of NDTV, pledged his body organs for donation

• Indian Brand Ambassador for “Wings for Life” World run, an across the world Social initiative of Red Bull, for Cancer awareness

• Limca Record for being first Blade runner to run in High Altitude

• Limca Record for being first Blade Runner of India

• Limca Record for being 1st Amputee of India to start running half marathons (21KMs)

• DNA Exemplar award by ICICI Bank (given to role models)

• ‘Mention in Despatches’ award by Indian Army during Op Vijay (Kargil war)

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