Patriotism for All

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The Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped has devised its own version of the national anthem for the deaf and blind so that nobody feels left out anymore. The video, which plays the national anthem, has a person using a sign language translation of the anthem for the deaf, and has an audio description add-on describing all that is happening on screen for the blind. There are also captions in 14 different languages.

“They need to participate to feel included,” says R Rangasayee, director of the institute. “The video has won many awards in the last year, as it’s such a unique endeavour.”

The institute’s media officer Mathew Martin says, “It has made them feel they are part of the country they live in, not outsiders.”