CHENNAI: An assistant professor at National Law University, S Elumalai a doctorate in law, recognizes his students by their voices. He sometimes needs their assistance to teach and write.
Also currently working on a book on juvenile justice, the 36-year-old says that, for something as simple as penning his thoughts down, he is at the mercy of his laptop that also helps him know the world around him. “Whenever I work, I am always armed with the laptop and at the mercy of electricity. I need MS word which is by far the most compatible with my software. So much needs to be done to ensure that my inability to see does not affect my work,” he said.
Nevertheless, unmindful of the problems he faced, Elumalai has researched on farmers’ rights and is passionate about helping them. Hailing from an agricultural family at Tiruvannamalai, he feels that he can connect better with them and hence went on to explore their legal issues. He received his PhD from the Ambedkar law University for his Work on the same. For Elumalai who lost his vision when he was three, the country is an unequal place for the differently-abled. He opined that, even with the law favouring them and resources being allocated, things aren’t great. “It is not that we need reservations but the beneficiaries are usually those with 40 per cent disability, as opposed to those with higher degrees. That has to change.” he added.