The Invisible Majority

by V.R. Ferose and C.K. Meena



Sixteen fractures and eight surgeries caused by brittle bone disease could not stop Ummul Kher from cracking the prestigious IAS exam and joining the civil services. The determination of homemaker Smrithy Rajesh to educate her child affected by autism and ADHD empowered her to forge a career path for herself. Inspired by a blind friend, Pancham Cajla successfully transformed several railway stations, making them accessible to the visually impaired. These are only a few of the umpteen stories of resilience, courage and remarkable determination that offer a sensitive, holistic view of the lives of persons with disabilities in this much-needed book for today's India. Navigating a range of topics with lucid ease – from history and laws to widespread social attitudes – it meticulously records and amplifies the diverse, vibrant voices of persons with disabilities. Equally, it turns its gaze on those inextricably linked to their lives – health professionals, educators, trainers, employers, caregivers and activists – highlighting the key roles they play. Insightful, informative and moving, The Invisible Majority: India's Abled Disabled is a timely and invaluable book that inspires societal transformation while addressing the crucial question: how do we make India a more inclusive nation?

The book is signed by author V.R. Ferose. View the trailer here: The Invisible Majority - India's Abled Disabled | Book Trailer - YouTube

About the Authors

A science graduate from Kerala who fled to her adoptive city of Bangalore for her post-graduation in English, C.K. Meena strayed into journalism and later branched out into writing fiction. She has been on the staff of Deccan Herald and is a columnist for The Hindu. She is also a founding member of the Asian College of Journalism in Bangalore, and has three published novels and innumerable features and columns to her credit. A card-carrying Luddite, she has never been remotely tempted to tweet or blog, but she has succumbed to the lure of her rarely used Kindle during the pandemic and is wondering what horrors await her. V.R. Ferose is a senior vice president at SAP SE and the head of SAP Academy for Engineering. He is the founder of the India Inclusion Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to bring the topic of inclusion to the forefront in India. Ferose has co-authored Gifted: Inspiring Stories of People with Disabilities, a best-selling book on people with disabilities, which has been translated into six Indian regional languages and whose Kannada edition has won the prestigious Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award. Among his other published work as a co-author are Innovating the World: The Globalization Advantage and Grit: The Major Story. Ferose teaches Personal Leadership at Columbia University, New York, and is a columnist for Forbes, New Indian Express and Mint.


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Amit Pallath

5.0 out of 5 stars Need of the hour.

Reviewed in India on December 26, 2021

The book starts stating, 'According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) form the largest minority in the world – close to 1.3 villains or 15 percent of the global population.' I know those figures are unbelievable, but that's an obvious ignored fact. I, personally, am a person with a Disability I.e. Multiple Sclerosis. The book is very well-written and touches upon all the important points starting from the evolution of the Rights to the present needs. It's peppered with anecdotes which drives the point under discussion to the reader very well. The call to action in the disability sector is elucidated in the book, and I completely agree. Highly recommend this book for its detailed and nuanced take on the needs of the neglected population. We can be exponentially more productive if this untapped populace is welcomed to the workforce by making the policies, infrastructure, facilities and most importantly, the awareness among the common mass.


5.0 out of 5 stars A very valuable resource

Reviewed in India on December 8, 2021

Absolutely brilliant, absorbing, informative and comprehensive. At the same time it narrates the stories of individuals with disabilities in an engaging manner with the right attitude about their struggles and successes. It looks at disabilities from various points of views -- that of the person with disabilities, the caregiver, the government, NGOs and hiring organizations. The amount of research that has gone into it is extremely impressive and the breadth of the issues it covers is amazing. Gives great insight into the true meaning of inclusion and what concrete steps can be taken to implement it in the Indian context. An extremely valuable resource for individuals who are associated with this field as well as all those who have had limited exposure to the world of the invisible majority. I recommend it wholeheartedly.



5.0 out of 5 stars Most comprehensive book on disability spectrum

Reviewed in India on December 12, 2021

Creating an uninclusive environment for the PwD’s by the so called “normals” is the real disability :( This is the most comprehensive book on the disability spectrum in India. Has many real life stories making it an engaging read and proposes approaches to make the world more inclusive.