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DU student Nishtha Dudeja becomes Miss India Deaf 2018
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt
We at DU Updates strongly believe that handicap is always interpreted incorrectly. Differently abled is the best way to put it. And Nishtha Dudeja, a commerce graduate from Venketeshwar College, Delhi University has yet again proved us right and has brought glories to Delhi University.
She was born deaf and while most of us term it as being handicapped and think of it as destiny, Nishtha Dudeja never gave up. She has previously also represented India in lawn tennis during the Deaflympics 2013 (held in Bulgaria). Nishtha Dudeja represented in the World Deaf Tennis Championship 2015 (held in the UK), and the Deaflympics 2017 (held in Turkey) as well.
The 22-year-old Delhi resident bagged the Miss India deaf title on February 26, 2018, in Jaipur.
The three-day pageant from February 24 to February 26 was organized by Rajputana Deaf Arts and Culture Society (RDACS) in collaboration with All India Deaf Arts and Culture Society (AIDACS).
Nishtha Dudeja Goal:
During the questionnaire she was asked about her plans should she win the pageant? “If I win the title of Miss Deaf India 2018, my immediate goal will be to win Miss Deaf World for my country which I believe I can win if I get enough practice. In the long term, I want to work for public welfare.” Her reply was indeed warm and heart winning.
She names her father to give credits for her success. He has always been her strength. “She is very stubborn with her dreams. It was very difficult to teach her speech as she was deaf right from the beginning; we went through speech therapy for seven years. Her speech is still not clear but she is working on it. She left tennis and everything else to prepare for the pageant, spent days and nights learning ramp walk, makeup and dances,” Nishtha’s father, VD Dudeja told Amar Ujala.
Nishtha Dudeja has indeed been an example for many and inspiration for others, we will wish her all the best in all her future endeavors.