Nishtha Dudeja — First Indian to Win Miss Deaf Asia

Nishtha Dudeja Miss deaf Asia 2018
Nishtha Dudeja — First Indian Miss Deaf Asia

Nishtha Dudeja won the title of Miss Deaf Asia in the finale of Miss and Mister Deaf World Pageant held at Prague, Czech Republic.

It is rightly said that if you dream to win than nothing can stop you from winning anything in this world. Haryana girl Nishtha Dudeja has proved the saying correct by winning the Miss Deaf Asia 2018 title at the 18th edition of Miss and Mister Deaf World -Europe -Asia Beauty Pageant 2018 recently held at Prague, Czech Republic. Dudeja is the first Indian to have won any title at Miss Deaf World Pageant. She faced very tough competition from the contestants of China, Thailand, Taiwan, Israel, Czech Republic, Belarus, Mexico, South Africa, and others.

The ravishing beauty who was born deaf did not think of herself being differently abled and chose to take her fate in her own hands and today she has made Haryana proud again after the famous Sakshi Malik and Manushi Chillar.

“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,” said Nishtha Dudeja.

The 23-year-old Panipat girl is a commerce graduate from Venketeshwar College, Delhi University and presently pursuing M.A in economics from Mithibai College, University of Mumbai. Prior to this title, the beautiful Dudeja had also won the Miss Deaf India title on February 26, 2018, in Jaipur. Dudeja is also the brand ambassador for Sivantos India Pvt Ltd. (Formerly Siemens hearing Instruments Pvt Ltd.) the world’s leading brand of hearing aids, having about 25 per cent market share globally.

The stunning beauty was always a very bright student from her school days, who was always keen on learning something new in her life. Seeing her interest in extra-curricular activities, her mother sent her for playing Judo at the age of 7. Nishtha played Judo for about 5 years, participated in various tournaments up to International level and won many medals.

The beauty queen is also an accomplished Tennis Player and has played many AITA, ITF and Asian Tour Tennis tournaments. Nishtha had also participated in Deaflympics 2013 (held in Sofia, Bulgaria), World Deaf Tennis Championship 2015 (held in Nottingham, UK) and Deaflympics 2017 (held in Samsun, Turkey).

Ved Prakash Dudeja, father of Nishtha is a Chief Engineer in Northern Railways gave the credit of daughter success to her wife who has worked hard for their daughter success. While her mother Punam Dudeja is a homemaker said that we broke down when we came to know that our child will not be able to hear lifelong but we did everything to make our daughter life a successful one. Sukirti Gupta from India worked with ABILITY to develop this story.

(L-R) Mr. Ved Prakash Dudeja, Mrs. Punam Dudeja, Ms. Nishtha Dudeja Miss Deaf Asia 2018, Mr. Y.K. Sindwani- Head, Lancers International School, Mrs. Archana Nagpal- Coordinator, Lancers International School

Sukirti Gupta: Do you use hearing aids?

Nishtha Dudeja: Yes, I use hearing aids. I am hearing impaired since birth with 90 to 110 dB loss in both the ears. This was however known to my parents only when I was 3 years old. Since then I started using hearing aids. I took speech therapy for 7 years to develop my speech. I can speak and I’m able to communicate with hearing people. I was sent to a normal school, not a deaf school. I have done my Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi University and now pursuing my Masters in Economics from Mithibai College, Mumbai.

Gupta: What was your experience communicating with different countries and their different sign languages during the pageant? ...
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