Haryana, the soil were the saint Ved Vyas wrote Mahabharata. 5000 years ago Lord Krishna preached the gospel of duty to Arjuna. And lately so many awe-inspiring women showcased their incredibility. Now to the list of many amazing women in the state including Kalpana Chawla and Manushi Chillar, Dudeja is the latest. Nishtha Dudeja won Miss Deaf Asia Crown this October. She is the first Indian to bag this honour. Success comes with effort nothing else can change the rule. Be abled or differentially abled, conquering dreams are possible bespokes this young 23 year old.
The 18th edition of the beauty pageant got her lucky last month. Born deaf, Nishtha is a commerce graduate from Venkateshwara College, Delhi University. She is presently pursuing a master’s degree in economics from Mithibai College, University of Mumbai. She is also the winner of Miss Deaf India title, which was held in February in Jaipur. Winning the crown, the Haryana girl said, “I want to thank my parents for their consistent support who were always there to help me. Now I want to help the deprived people even at the cost of my comfort. I believe that the differently abled people don’t need pity. They only deserve equal opportunities to prove themselves.”
Nishtha’s father who is a Chief Engineer in the Northern Railways credited her mother for Nishtha’s success. Her mother, Punam Dudeja, is a homemaker. She said, “We were heartbroken when we came to know that our child will not be able to hear lifelong but we did everything to make our daughter’s life a successful one.”
Nishtha is also the brand ambassador for Sivantos India (formerly, Siemens Hearing Instruments), the world’s leading brand of hearing aids that has about a 25 percent market share globally. She is also an international level judo player, said India Today. An avid sportswoman, she has participated in Deaflympics 2013 (held in Sofia, Bulgaria), World Deaf Tennis Championship 2015 (held in Nottingham, UK) and Deaflympics 2017 (held in Samsun, Turkey) as a tennis player, said News 18.
Let this young woman be an inspiration to all who finds their small afflictions an excuse to make the possible impossible.