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Rajni Jha, an epitome of unwavering resolve
Struck with polio at an early age, no one would have imagined that Rajni Jha would one day represent India at the swimming championships at the international level. With her perseverance, she has shown 'where there is a will, there is always a way'.

RAJNI JHA was just one-and-a-half-years-old when polio struck her. Doctors put her right leg in crutches, while friends and well-wishers advised her family to confine Jha to domestic chores. But that was not to be.

Now 22, Jha rose to fame after representing India at various swimming competitions. An Ekalavya awardee, Jha along with three other girls won her state a gold and a silver medal in swimming during a national-level tournament, held in Chennai in 2000.

Recalling the fateful day, Jha told a TV show, 'Chai with Lakshmi – the inspiration' that she got polio on the night she had got fever. “Doctor didn't use the injection as I was down with fever. He prescribed some medicines and asked my mother to get them the next day. But on that very night, I contracted polio.”

Jha started aquatherapy sessions at the age of 6 but what started as a treatment turned out to be a source of joy and dream for her. “Winning a medal is a big thing for me and my family and the state where we have only four or five girls who can play at international level,” Jha said.

A source of inspiration for all young women, Jha wants women to come to the fore. “If girls themselves don't want to come out, nobody will support them. Only if you have an attitude, people will support you,” Jha maintained.

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