What a grand moment it was! Totally unexpected and overwhelming. This Crown is a precious gift from God which I will cherish for my entire life! It was an amazing night. For the first time ever, India had won the crown at the Miss and Mister Deaf World pageant. I’m ecstatic that I had won this crown for India.” – Nishtha Dudeja
Nishtha Dudeja recently won the Miss Deaf Asia 2018 title at the Miss and Mister Deaf World – Europe – Asia Beauty Pageant 2018 held at Prague. Hailing from Panipat, Haryana, a state which has the lowest boy:girl ratio, made the country proud when she became the first Indian to win this pageant.
“Nishtha”- her name aptly encompasses her dedication. She has proved herself and enlightened the path for several others.
That is what you hear when you read the word DEAF.
Absolute silence. Deafening Silence.
But if you stop and listen with your heart, you’ll hear the sounds of love emanate through every inch of their hearts. Their powerful silence speaks, that one may hear only with their hearts.
I can see a bright and dazzling India ahead. What a proud moment it is for all of us. She is more than equal to any other human being – so please stop calling her “disabled”. If a person has insurmountable determination and willpower, they can do wonders.
So, where does the label “disabled” fit into such an amazing person? I firmly believe that such people are gifted in other fields, that there is no room for the word “DISABLED”. They are more talented and work tremendously hard to achieve their goals.
They have got superpowers to fight this world. While we can hear, we often allow unwanted energies and gossip as sounds enterd our lives, which ends up consuming our precious time and energy. We then realize how much positivity has been soaked away from our life.
Today we know that a focussed life can help you experience wonderful opportunities. If you are positive and hardworking, your environment shapes your success.
Nishtha’s parents were a great and consistent support for her. They helped her chase her dreams, and were always there.
She now wants to help the underprivileged, without caring for her own comfort. She believes that people like her don’t need pity but only deserve equal opportunities.
Her parents were initially upset to discover her deafness, but they didn’t lose hope and supported her to achieve what she is today.
Nishtha is a graduate from Venkateshwara College in Delhi University, and is presently pursuing MA in Economics from the prestigious Mithibai College, University of Mumbai. Apart from excelling in studies, she is also a brilliant tennis player and 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).
To prepare for this pageant, she stopped all other things and concentrated on only winning this. And she did prove that she is the best in whatever she tries to achieve. This victory at the international level has given her a vision of an equal world. This is a story of a woman who dared to dream.
Nishtha has taught us all that you should not wait and watch for success to come to you – but if you work hard with determination, nothing is impossible..
It’s always I’m Possible!