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Haflong girl enters Miss India final round

Rewati Chetri, a next door Gorkha girl from Assam’s ‘Ant Hill’  Haflong convent educated  LLB student of NEF Law College of Guwahati made it into Top 21 finalist of Miss India 2015. Intelligence, passion and patience is how she rates woman in order of priority the three qualities that every woman must possess while Trustworthy, loving, dedicated are the qualities in order of  personal preference, that she would admire in a man. Rewati romanticises Atif Aslam’s lyrics and person and would love to go on a date but Amir Khan is her favourite and Taare Zameen Par is her favourite movie. Love to Rewati is a feeling and emotion of togetherness between two people

Here are the excerpts of candid conversation with the Miss India Finalist 2015 from Assam representing the North East.

Q. Your feelings on being top 21 Miss India 2015 finalist.

Rewati:- feel great. It has always been a dream to become Miss India and now I am on the initial steps of it so indeed I feel great and O have no words to express it.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 1 weeks

Rewati:- In one week time would be Miss India finals and I am so focussed on seeing me with the crown. I wanna make my family, friends and well wishers extremely proud.

Q. How has been this journey?

Rewati:- Incredible! We learn so much in so little time. The Miss India Organization gives us an extensive amount of training that is gradually changing our lives to a far better person than what we were.

Q. Whom do you idolise in modelling.

Rewati:- Well! I don't actually idolize an individual person when it comes to modelling. There are so many extremely talented models in India and overseas. I always try to idolize the good in all of them so that it'll be of immense help to my career.

Q.  How do you define modelling as career option?

Rewati:- With India's large fashion industry there are enough and more opportunities for "right" men and women to be models. It is not as easy as it looks and requires a large amount of sacrifice and commitment. For those who are really committed and determined yes it is a wonderful career option.

Q.  If not a model what you would be

Rewati:- Well I am currently pursuing my studies in Law so of course I will become a lawyer in future but I shall not give up on modelling too. As long as my age and looks permit I shall go on with it.

Q. Your inspiration in life .

Rewati:- Definitely my mother. She has not just taught me but lived by example the kind of life every mother expects her child to live. It is from her I learn how to become a woman of substance.

Q.  What do you aspire

Rewati;- Aspirations are many. I definitely want to become Miss India and bring an International crown to my country. Apart from that I want to finish my studies in law and become a lawyer who is of great use to the society. I also want establish an organisation which focuses on educating and developing the skills of the underprivileged and become a woman of inspiration.

Q.  Briefly about your stint with Miss India so far

Rewati:- So far it has been a few days of constant learning. We learn so much. Everyday we have so many sessions that help us develop and become a better person. We workout hard, learn on diction and etiquettes and many more. It has been a completely learning experience so far and the best part os being trained by the experts in town.

Q. How did Miss India happen to you.    

Rewati- Honestly speaking it all started sudden.I had a long cherished dream but I got wings to it only after the Auditions.To say it was a very humble and a Surprise Kick to my Dream.

Q.  Back home we gearing up to support you, how has been the response to your achievement from your region

Rewati:- The response has been incredible.Its overwhelming to see them supporting me so much.I see many of them dreaming for my success maybe sometimes more than I do for myself which has by far been a great strength to me.

Q. What do you want to say to the people of the region

Rewati:- I want to say that I am doing more than the best I can to make all of you proud and happy and I will continue to do it. No matter how hectic our schedules become when I log into Facebook and notice the support of my people and hear about it from my friends it keeps me going. I really will not let you all down.

Q.  How can the people support you n get closer to Miss India crown???

Rewati:- Definitely with their blessings, love and encouragement. That definitely keeps me going and makes me want to do better. Till date i got huge support in WeChat voting and I am given to understand whole of North East is voting me. Huge Hug and Thank You North East, India and Rest of the World for the support. Now onwards maximum LIKE in my facebook page sharing and commenting on my posts and keeping me most engaged contestant will definitely inch me closer to the crown.

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Wish Rewati Chetri all the best for the Miss India finals. May God bless you and bring pride to the North-East by wining the Miss India Crown.

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Photographs by: Bhaskar Bhuyan, BCRS coordinator.

If Madhya Pradesh Can Ban Chewing Tobacco Products, then why not Assam?

20 Apr 2012 - 1:29am | editor

Steadfast in its commitment to safeguard the health of its citizens from the menace of chewing tobacco products, the Government of Madhya Pradesh from April 1, 2012 onwards has banned the sale and manufacture of products like Gutka, Khaini & other chewing tobacco products based on the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) regulation no 2.3.4 to prohibit the addition of tobacco or nicotine in food (and thereby banning Gutka) which was issued on 1st August, 2011.

With this, MP has become the first state to use the FSSAI regulation to ban the sale and manufacture of products like gutka. The only other Indian state that has banned gutka is Goa but it has done so since many years, on the basis of a state public health law.

On 1 August 2011, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), a statutory body under the health ministry to handle food related issues, notified new regulations called the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011. It states under rule 2.3.4 that “product not to contain any substance which may be injurious to health: Tobacco and nicotine shall not be used as ingredients in any food products”.

This amendment is also in the existing law of Prevention of Food Adulteration rules 1955 under Rule 44-J. Since Gutka and chewing tobacco have been considered as food by various courts it bans the said item as no food item can have tobacco and nicotine as its ingredient.

According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) India, the estimated number of tobacco users in India is 274.9 million of which 25.9% are users of smokeless tobacco while 5.7% are cigarette smokers and 9.2% smoke bidi. This reveals that more Indians (almost 75%) consume smokeless forms of tobacco that includes pan, gutka, pan masala and khaini, mawa. Slowly and gradually the use of chewing tobacco is reaching at dangerously endemic levels in the country with 8% of all adults in the country chewing gutka.

Prevalence of Tobacco Use in Assam:

39.3% adults (52.6% of males and 25.3% of females) currently use some form of tobacco

32.7% adults (39.8% of males and 25.3% of females) currently consume smokeless tobacco like gutka, khaini, zarda & other chewing tobacco products

8.8% of adults (17.0% of males and 0.1% of females) currently consume cigarettes

5.3% of adults (10.2% of males and 0.1% of females) currently consume bidi’s.

Average age at initiation of tobacco use: 19.0 years in adults, 19.2 years in males, and 16.2 years in females.

India has the highest prevalence of oral cancer globally, with 75, 000 to 80, 000 new cases of oral cancers in a year. Gutka sold in small pouches across the country has become a very serious health hazard. Easy availability and low prices makes it popular amongst youth and women. Due to its flavored taste, easy availability and low price as well as the attractive marketing ploy by the companies, it is becoming increasingly popular among children as well. In fact Gutkha use is becoming an alternative choice in India as our culture and traditions do not give children and women the social sanction to smoke cigarettes.

“By banning gutkha, the MP Government has demonstrated tremendous commitment towards safe guarding the health of people of India and protecting the masses, especially the youth from the growing menace of tobacco addiction. The Government of Assam too should implement the FSSAI law in larger interest of younger generation in the state who is falling prey to this tobacco menace and suffer premature death”, said Ruchira Neog, Executive Secretary, Voluntary Health Association of Assam (VHAA).

A recent report released by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) shows that 7% of the contents of an average gutkha packet is magnesium carbonate, which is used by the gutkha manufacturing companies as an anti-caking agent. Seven percent is a very high amount. It can cause irritation of the mucosa, eyes, fingers, anything that it comes in contact with. There is magnesium carbonate in the common salt, but the quantity is minuscule. If ingested in the high amount present in gutkha packets, it can cause ulcers.

The Government of India has been pushed to act on this issue by the civil society that has been pressing for a ban on smokeless tobacco products. The Directors of 16 Regional Cancer Centre’s in India individually wrote letters to the Prime Minister in April 2011 and highlighted the issue of the rising number of cancers in the head and neck region in the states they serve due to smokeless tobacco consumption. These cancer centres were from Mumbai and Nagpur in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Kerala.

Oral cancer victims from across the country have also come together to start “Voices of Tobacco Victims” (VOTV), a national campaign to advocate against chewing tobacco and other smokeless forms and promote greater awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and for appealing for stronger enforcement of tobacco control laws and the complete ban of chewing tobacco in the country. On the behest of VOTV, 13 Chief Ministers including the Chief Minister of Assam have pledged their support to curb this growing menace in their states and so have various members of parliament and political leaders in various central and state ministers.

Ruchira Neog
Voluntary Health Association of Assam