Arunima Sinha an amputee who hoist the Indian Flag on all the highest peaks of world.
Arunima Sinha born on 20th July 1988, in Ambedkar Nagar India. She is a 1st amputee who scale Mount Everest and Mount Vinson. Sinha was a national level volleyball and football player before her destine change in 2011 and she became a cragsman. Now her life mission is to climb all the highest peaks and hoist the national flag of India. As she want to prove that nothing can stop you if you fight for it. She have already climbed all the 6 peaks of the world- Everest, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Kosciuszko, Aconcagua, Carstensz Pyramid and Mount Vinson.
Incident that change her life up side down and she became a mountain climber.
Arunima boarded the Padmavati Express train from Lucknow to Delhi on 12th April 2011 to take an exam to join the CISF. She faced a combat with robbers who wanted her bag and the Gold chain, she was pushed out of a general coach and she fell on the tracks.
Arunima- I resisted and they pushed me out of the train. I could not move. I remember seeing a train coming towards me. I tried getting up. By then, the train had run over my leg. I don’t remember anything after that.
Doctor had to cut her leg to save her life, when she reach hospital her leg and pelvic was seriously injured. While she was in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for 4 months in this duration she got inspired to change the situation by cricketer Yuvraj Singh who was battling with cancer and even television show to do something, and at last her brother Omprakash motivated and support her in her decision of climbing. She was provided a prosthetic leg free of cost by a private Delhi-based Indian company.
Journey as a mountaineer
After her accident she was offered a job in Indian Railways and even Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Ajay Maken recommended her to CISF for job. But she decline the offers and started her journey as a mountaineer.
She excelled in the basic mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. She contacted Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, in 2011 by telephone and signed up for training under her at the Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) 2012. Sinha climbed Island Peak (6150 metres) in 2012 as preparation for her ascent of Everest.
Sinha and Susan Mahout, a USAF instructor, who had together climbed Mount Chaser Sangria (6,622 meters or 21,726 feet) in 2012 under the guidance of Hendrick Pal started their ascent of Mount Everest. After a hard toil of 17 hours, Sinha reached the summit of Mount Everest at 10:55 am on 21 May 2013, as part of the Tata Group-sponsored Eco Everest Expedition, becoming the first female amputee to scale Everest. She took 52 days to reach the summit. She wrote a small message thanking the Almighty on a wrapped cloth and pressed it in the snow. After climbing Everest she climbed all the other peaks of the world.
She wrote the book “Born again on the mountain”, launched by Prime minister of India Narendra Modi in December 2014. She received awards like Padma Shri (2015), Tenzing Norgay Highest Mountaineering Award( 2016), First Lady award (2018). She is now dedicated towards social welfare and wants to open a free sports academy for the poor and differently abled people. She is donate all the financial aids she received through awards and seminars for the same cause. The academy would be named as Shaheed Chandra Shekhar Vikalang Khel Academy.