New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi has congratulated the Bengaluru college girl, whose initiative along with another differently-abled girl resulted in the removal of import duty on Braille paper, on passing B Com with distinction.
"I want to congratulate you on passing your B Com examinations with distinction in all subjects", he said in a letter to Harshitha C, a student of Mount Carmel college, Bengaluru.
Harshitha and Chandna Chandrasekhar had taken up the issue of removal of customs duty on Braille hardware with the Congress vice president when he had visited their Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru in November, 2015. Gandhi then raised the issue with the NDA government, which declared the tax exemption in the budget announced for the on-going fiscal.
"...As you pursue your career, I hope that you will never feel limited in what you can do. I look forward to following your career and will continue to take pride in your achievements," he said in the June 14 letter to visually- impaired Harshitha.
Admiring Harshitha and Chandana for their initiative to see the import duty is removed, Gandhi noted their action resulted in a change in the law, helping "crores" of blind citizens across the country.
Underlining the challenges ahead and how they could be overcome, Gandhi told Harshitha that "societies build walls around people telling them why they cannot do things, walls of gender, caste, religion, or blindness - we are taught that these walls are insurmountable. But they are not.
"The reality is that the only walls that limit us are those we create ourselves, the ones in our mind. Break the walls of doubt and fear and you will there is nothing that can stop you," Gandhi added.