Miss Trinidad & Tobago has been advised to greet global audiences at the Miss World 2017 pageant in China in October with Hindu Salutations like “Sita Ram, Namaste”.
The beauty queen – Chanini Chanka will be the person of Indian-origin in 40 years to represent the country at the international beauty contest in Sanya, China.
National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC)’s Public Relations Officer – Surujdeo Mangaroo has made the plea at a reception held in Chandini’s honour at Divali Nagar, Chaguanas.
Chandini Chanka became Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2017 title recently. She was crowned by Daniella Walcott after beating the other competitors.
While reminding Chandini of her roots, Surujdeo Mangaroo said, “I want to remind Miss Chanka that as she makes her way on the international stage … please do not forget or ignore the traditional Hindu form of greetings, Sita Ram, Namaste.”
He also recalled how Chandini won the annual Miss Divali Nagar Queen Contest in October 2015 when she strode the runway with “dignity, poise, confidence, conviction and was an instant winner even before the results were announced.
Chandini Chanka who holds a bachelor’s degree in International relations is the only daughter of Debra and Krishendath Chanla of Aranguez, San Juan. Chandini who wants to become an attorney is all set to study law at the University of West Indies in September.
Indian diaspora comprises 44 percent of population Trinidad and Tobago. People of Indian origin in the country are mostly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. These people were brought in the country from 1845 and 1917 to enhance the agricultural capacity of the country.