The Unsung Heroes

A True Hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. These heroes are not only an idol for the women of today’s world but they are fierce, strong and full of fire, setting up the footsteps towards greatness.

Tinsel Toes salutes these women who are true inspiration for every generation and a pioneer capable of choosing their path, a trail blazer capable of achieving new horizons despite of all the difficulties. These heroes have built themselves from the scratch and are making major headlines each and every day as the makers and the creators of positive change in all walks of life.

Tinsel Toes has honored the following heroes for their perseverance and achievements, which have helped making the world a better place:

Latika Nath

Latika Nath has many avatars – the cosmopolitan woman scientist, the keen conservationist television personality, the hard-working researcher, the intellectual, the dutiful wife and daughter-in-law of the royal Nepalese family even – but one identity that is omnipresent, which permeates them all and even supersedes them, is being India’s “Tiger Princess”, the title awarded by National Geographic.

She is the first woman wildlife biologist in India to hold a doctorate on tigers.

Her life and work has been featured on National Geographic television in a documentary called ‘The Tiger Princess” and on the Discovery Channel on the program ‘Wild Things’.
Tinsel Toes salutes your courage and efforts in the field of wildlife, specifically the tiger conservation.

Want to know more about this wonder woman, click the link below :
https://www.latikanath.com/

Nitasha Biswas

Our next hero is someone who stood against the society for what she felt was right. Nitasha Biswas is India’s first trans beauty pageant winner.

Being born as a boy, Nitasha had to go under a rigorous Hormone Replacement Therapy to convert her body to that of a female.

Through this journey, Nitasha has lost many friends and family but what kept her going was her belief in herself.

She has been the victim to social discrimination and harassment throughout her life. Her father and her relatives completely abandoned her. As a result, she had to live without food and money for days.

And yet here she is defying all odds and fulfilling her dream and bringing a change in the societal mindset for transgenders.

We Salute you!!

Rj Meenakshi

No morning is complete for tricity people without hearing that ” Good waala morning haiga ji” from everyone’s favourite Rj Meenakshi.

She won the ‘Sounds of India’ contest and was the first non-metro radio personality to represent India at the International Radio Festival, where she performed her show, ‘Salaam Chandigarh’ live in Zurich and which was broadcast in 47 countries.

RJ Meenakshi has also won two major awards at the Indian Radio Forum Awards – Best RJ (Non Metro) and Best On Ground Activation for her campaign ‘Ek Rakhi Fauji Ke Naam’. This is a remarkable achievement, considering that she has had no professional training in radio.

Vadee waala Salute haiga ji. We are proud of you.

Sujata Sahu

From setting up libraries in 230 schools to building playgrounds in 140, Sujata Sahu has been transforming the education scene in rural Ladakh (Kargil and Leh), earning herself the nickname of ‘Iron Lady of Ladakh’.

Sujata Sahu founded 17000 ft Foundation, a not for profit that help build an eco-system of growth and opportunity, for its children and its people

17000 ft works in these remote villages by improving existing govt schools so that parents would have faith in them and stop sending their children away so far that it disconnects them from their roots

In the span of just six years, her organisation has accomplished much.

Today, 17000 ft works with 250 govt schools across Leh and Kargil and they are already seeing a reverse trend of children coming back from private schools back to the govt schools in their villages.

Recently, the organisation electrified and digitized 120 schools in Leh and Kargil, providing solar electricity and tablets with customized digital learning content, a TV, and a server to provide offline data syncing

Learn more about 17,000 ft Foundation at 17000ft.org

Deane De Menezes

To lessen the stigma associated with menstruation in India, Deane De Menezes founded Red is the new Green, a campaign that hosts education sessions in order to help school-age girls feel less ashamed. Red is the new Green, which has helped over 15,000 girls, has also installed sanitary towel vending machines and eco-friendly incinerators to reduce waste in schools

And before you think her job ends there, let us tell you that Deane’s team also ensures that these pads once used, do not choke our landfills. They also make it a point to install incinerators for safe disposal and destruction of menstrual waste, an important step which is often overlooked by most organisations working in the sector.

Deane received a Queen’s Young Leaders Award in 2018 for her work to tackle the stigma around menstruation through her organisation

We salute you and your efforts for highlighting issue often neglected by our society. You are a Real Hero!

Dipa Karmakar

Dipa Karmakar is one of the very few Indian athletes today who probably does not need much introduction. She has become a household name owing to her successes and her fan following has no age barrier. Even an average kid in India might know that she is only the fifth woman ever to successfully land the risky Produnova vault. But there is one thing that not a lot of people know about Dipa – she was born with flat feet, a physical feature that is not suitable for a gymnast; as it affects their jumps and landing.

  • first Indian woman to win a Commonwealth Games gymnastics medal
  • bronze medal at the Asian Championships in Hiroshima
  • first female gymnast from India to qualify for the final vault event at the Olympics
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award
  • Padma shri
  • first Indian gymnast ever to win a Gold medal at a World Event

Nishtha Dudeja

Our “Real Hero: Nishtha Dudeja taught us that no problem/disability is big enough to stop you from dreaming and making it BIG.

Nishtha Dudeja represented India in Miss and Mister Deaf World 2018 pageant held in Prague, Czech Republic where she won the crown of Miss Deaf Asia 2018.She is the first Indian woman to have won any title in Miss and Mister Deaf World competition

She played Judo for 5 years and won many medals at the State and National levels.

Dudeja has been an international tennis player having represented India three times at International Games.

She was invited by UNESCO, Delhi as a guest of honor at the celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Harmanpreet Kaur

Tinsel Toes, salutes our “Real Hero”, Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar, who has been sending the bowlers on a leather hunt since the gully cricket days in Moga, Punjab.

Starting off as a medium pace all-rounder, Harmanpreet came up through the ranks, sooner than she’d hoped, on the back of consistent performances. Even before she could realise, Harmanpreet found herself in India’s 2009 World T20 squad

Imbibing the values of patience, Hamranpreet remodelled her game, yet again, striking a perfect balance between aggression and caution. Learning, she says, never stops.

Harmanpreet became the first Indian cricketer, male or female, to be roped in by a foreign T20 league when as many as three WBBL teams calling to sign the aggressive middle order bat. She has achieved so many other great records such as

  • first woman for India to score a century in a Women’s Twenty20 International match.
  • the first cricketer for India, male or female, to play in 100 international Twenty20 matches.
  • registering the highest ever individual score in a knockout stage of a Women’s World Cup match

She was awarded Arjuna Award in 2017 and has been recommended for Padmashri in 2019.

We are proud of you and Hope to see you making our nation even more proud in 2020. Thank You.

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