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Times are changing for India and it looks like a fabulous rainbow!

Times are changing for India and it looks like a fabulous rainbow!

 

India is slowly inching its way towards becoming a more progressive country by the day. Although we have a long way to go, it’s a start. Last year a bill was approved to protect the rights of trans people by the Indian Government, which made a competition like this possible.

There were over 1,500 applicants from all over India and the best entries were chosen for the competition. The competitors represented different states of India but Kolkata’s Nitasha Biswas triumphed over 15 other contestants.

In a moving Facebook post, Nitasha said that she was “honoured to be a part of this journey. “It is an emotional moment made over years. This journey would have been impossible without these pillars, paying tribute to all my people who have stood up over years and our endless fight.” She said to all of these heroes: “this winning moment is ours.” And, Nitasha added graciously: “All my other 15 contestants – we are the winners.” The 26-year-old, who is studying to gain a Masters in Business Management in her home state, will now go on to represent India at the Miss International TransQueen in Thailand, in March.

The first runner-up, Loiloi from Manipur, will be sent to Miss Transsexual Australia next year and pageant creator Reena Rai said that the organisers were searching for another international competition to send the second runner-up, Ragasya from Chennai.

Gauri Sawant, starred in a Vicks advert which struck a chord earlier this year about her life as a single trans mother raising an orphan in India was one of the jury members, hailed the competition and its effects on trans people in India. She is also a trans activist who added, “This is the first organised pageant on a national level for the transwomen after the Nalsa judgement, so I strongly believe that this is going to empower transsexuals and allow them to dream of winning the crown and representing their country and community on an international platform”

Trans people in India suffer high levels of discrimination, with nearly half of all trans children being subjected to violence before they turn 18.They also face social exclusion, discrimination, and lack of access to educational facilities.

Hopefully due to competitions like these, trans youth find a glimmer of hope of an accepting society and to dream without any boundaries.

 India is slowly inching its way towards becoming a more progressive country by the day. Although we have a long way to go, it’s a start. Last year a bill was approved to protect the rights of trans people by the Indian Government, which made a competition like this possible.

There were over 1,500 applicants from all over India and the best entries were chosen for the competition. The competitors represented different states of India but Kolkata’s Nitasha Biswas triumphed over 15 other contestants.

In a moving Facebook post, Nitasha said that she was “honoured to be a part of this journey. “It is an emotional moment made over years. This journey would have been impossible without these pillars, paying tribute to all my people who have stood up over years and our endless fight.” She said to all of these heroes: “this winning moment is ours.” And, Nitasha added graciously: “All my other 15 contestants – we are the winners.” The 26-year-old, who is studying to gain a Masters in Business Management in her home state, will now go on to represent India at the Miss International TransQueen in Thailand, in March.

The first runner-up, Loiloi from Manipur, will be sent to Miss Transsexual Australia next year and pageant creator Reena Rai said that the organisers were searching for another international competition to send the second runner-up, Ragasya from Chennai.

Gauri Sawant, starred in a Vicks advert which struck a chord earlier this year about her life as a single trans mother raising an orphan in India was one of the jury members, hailed the competition and its effects on trans people in India. She is also a trans activist who added, “This is the first organised pageant on a national level for the transwomen after the Nalsa judgement, so I strongly believe that this is going to empower transsexuals and allow them to dream of winning the crown and representing their country and community on an international platform”

 

Trans people in India suffer high levels of discrimination, with nearly half of all trans children being subjected to violence before they turn 18.They also face social exclusion, discrimination, and lack of access to educational facilities.

Hopefully due to competitions like these, trans youth find a glimmer of hope of an accepting society and to dream without any boundaries.

                                                     Written by Shreyanka Thejaswi 

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