T&T Miss World contestant urged- Don’t forget to say the Hindu salutations, ‘Sita Ram, Namaste’ in China,
Photo : (L-R) Dr Deokienanan Sharma, Miss Chandini Chanka, Miss Leanne Dookie and Mr. Surujdeo Mangaroo
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: Trinidad and Tobago’s Miss World Contestant Pageant Miss Chandini Chanka, has been reminded to greet the world audience with the Hindu salutations, “Sita Ram, Namaste”. She is the second Hindu person in 40 years to represent this multi-ethnic society at this international beauty saga in China.
Surujdeo Mangaroo, public relations officer of the National Council of Indian Culture(NCIC), this country’s premier socio-cultural organization, made this plea at a reception held in her honour at Divali Nagar, Chaguanas on Thursday night.
“I want to remind Miss Chanka that as she makes her way on the international stage in Sanya, China in October, please do not forget or ignore the traditional Hindu form of greetings- Sita Ram, Namaste”, Mungroo said.
Mangaroo reminded Miss Chanka that when she won the annual Miss Divali Nagar Queen Contest in October 2015, she strode the walkaway, “with dignity, with poise, with confidence and with conviction that she was the winner all through, even before the results were announced. I hope these values would be applied at the Miss World Queen Pageant in China in October and to bring home that glory and international honour as a Hindu woman for Trinidad and Tobago”.
Miss Chanka is the only daughter of Debra and Krishendath Chanka of Aranguez, San Juan. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and has been accepted to pursue a law degree at the University of the West Indies in September. She is a former student of the Lakshmi Girls’ High School and St. Joseph Convent. She is one of two children, the other being a brother.
The Miss World Pageant in Trinidad and Tobago’s franchise is co-ordinated by Ms Vanessa Sahatoo-Manoo and Oneness Entertainment, who chimed that Miss Chanka is, “our own Princess D’ and our People’s Princess.”
Miss Chanka said that she goes to China with confidence and will work to improve the quality of life of the people through several humanitarian projects, especially to the poor and needy. “I want to be the voice of the voiceless and work with the young girls to improve themselves, in whatever way possible. One has to believe in one’s self and by so doing could improve his or her status.”
President of the NCIC, Dr. Deokienanan Sharma expressed sentiments of, “best wishes to Miss Chanka, especially since her princely foundation was built at the NCIC as she progresses to even greater accomplishments and triumphs”.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Indian diaspora was sourced from India, principally Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, who were brought here to enhance the agricultural capacity of the then colony between 1845 and 1917. And during this period in excess of 145,000 East Indians were brought here, and out of a population of 1.3 million some 37 per cent are of East Indian extraction with about 25 per cent being practicing Hindus.