09Jan2015

Community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat transforms attitudes

Hakam Khan, a resident of Mao Chorpa village in Mewat district of Haryana, lives with his wife and four children. Due to a physical disability, he has trouble walking. Because of the disability, he has faced many problems in life. From getting the girl from the same community for marriage to gaining respect in his community, nothing was easy for him. People’s attitude toward him made him feel that he is different and could never compete with them in life. He thought he would never be able to live a normal life. He started considering himself a burden on others. There was a time in his life when he lost all his hope, and life seemed irrelevant to him.

Community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat transforms livesIn his low moments, he turned to community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat for some entertainment, but what he gained was much more. He has been a regular fan of Alfaz-e-Mewat for over two years. Several inspirational accounts shared through radio programs brought a gradual shift in his attitude. He started looking at the brighter side of life.

He remembers one particular program that featured the story of Salim, a blind man. Hakam was inspired after hearing that Salim had completed his education and secured a government job despite his visual impairment. During the program, Salim gave a message, “Everybody has power. We need to believe in it to overcome inabilities.”

The program stirred Hakam and prompted him to believe in himself. He thought that if Salim can make his life worthwhile, he, too, could also overcome his disabilities. Hakam took charge and changed his outlook toward life.

Alfaz-e-Mewat has given me inspiration to live life. The story of Salim, aired on Alfaz-e-Mewat, inspired me to see life in a new perspective,” Hakam said.

Hakam started afresh in life, shedding his inhibitions and fears. Exploring available options, he identified his strengths and started a small tailoring shop. With his shop, he chose financial independence. Today, he earns a sufficient amount to take care of his wife and four children.

Alfaz-e-Mewat is an integral part of his life. The prominent display of a radio set at his shop makes it more evident. “Alfaz-e-Mewat continues to entertain and educate me, even at work. Kisse Kahaniyan (Historical Mewati Tales), Saaf, Safai aur Sehat (Cleanliness, Sanitation, and Health), Radio School and Tohfa-e-Kudrat (Our Heritage) are some of my favorite programs.”

Commenting about the usefulness of the radio shows, he said, “The information provided by community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat on various subjects is useful in day-to-day life. By listening to radio programs, I got to know about the rights of people with disabilities and various government schemes running for our welfare.”

“I wish Alfaz-e-Mewat all the best and hope for its success,” he added.