By Mushtaq Bhat
Budgam june, 19 “Disability need not be an obstacle to success,” the wheelchair-bound physicist Stephen Hawking wrote in the first-ever world disability report back in 2011.
Thousands of miles away, in Kashmir, Riyaz Ahmad Beigh proved the genius physicist right. Specially-abled, Beigh, who lost his both arms in a freak accident at the tender agr of four, is today one of the reputed Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officers in the Valley.
In 1982, Beigh, a resident of Chadoora District Budgam, was playing football with other children when he received a high voltage electric shock resulting in the loss of both of his arms.
“One of m acquaintances with whom i was playing kicked the ball far and stopped near a transformer. So I went to fetch it. The moment I touched the ball I received a high voltage electric shock,” Beigh recalls.
The shock was so severe that he lost both his arms in the accident.
However, it did not stop Beigh from pursuing his dreams.
“It was Allah’s will. So, instead of mourning about my situation, I decided to take it as a challenge and prove myself that I can achieve whatever, I want to,” he said.
Beigh successfully qualified the main examinations for the Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) in open merit 2004.
“I was interested in civil service. My father wanted me to be a businessman. It was after I complete my MBA, I saw a notification from Public Service Commission and applied,” Beigh said.
Beigh easily qualified the prelims and mains with management and sociology