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Miss Trinidad&Tobago is of Indian origin

Jul 23, 2017
By Paras Ramoutar
 
The Indian diaspora is spread far and wide, with many excelling in their countries of adoption. This year's Miss Trinidad and Tobago is Chandini Chanka, of Indian origin parents, and she has been asked to greet people at the international beauty pageant in China with Hindu salutations  “Sita Ram, Namaste”. She is the second Hindu person in 40 years to represent this multi-ethnic Caribbean nation. 
 
Surujdeo Mangaroo, public relations officer of the National Council of Indian Culture(NCIC), the country’s premier socio-cultural organization, made this plea at a reception held in her honour.
 
“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," Mungroo said.
 
Trinidad and Tobago’s Indian diaspora - comprising about 40% of its 1.3 million population - was sourced from India,  principally Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, who were brought to enhance the agricultural capacity of the then British colony.

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