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4 November 24, 2017 COVER STORY – that’s all you need to know By Jaideep Sarin -CHANDIGARH I t has been a title bagging year for a doctor-in-the- making. Manushi Chillar, the MissWorld 2017, has been bagging beauty titles in the past one year even while pursuing her course in medicine in an all-girls medical college in Haryana's Sonepat district. The 21-year-old beauty was crowed MissWorld 2017 at a glittering ceremony in the seaside resort city of Sanya in China on Saturday evening. Manushi, whose family belongs to Haryana and lives in New Delhi, is pursuing her MBBS degree from the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Khanpur Kalan village in Sonepat. A gifted poet, painter and Kuchipudi dancer, Masushi wants to be a cardiac surgeon and has been associated in a project for menstrual hygiene among women. In less than one year, she won the 'Miss Campus Princess' title in the medical college in December last year. She went on to pick the 'Miss Haryana' title in April this year followed by the coveted Femina Miss India title in June this year. "She had promised us that she will take a shot at win- ning the MissWorld title. She has achieved that and we are all proud of her," Anjali and Muskan, her co-inmates in the medical college hostel, said. There were joyous celebrations at the home of her parental uncle, Dr Dinesh Chillar, a government doctor in Haryana, and Dr Usha Chillar, an associate professor in Dermatology in Manushi's medical college. The family members and friends danced and distrib- uted sweets on Saturday night after news of Manushi winning the MissWorld title broke. There were reports of celebrations in Bamdoli village near Bahadurgarh town in Haryana's Jhattar district, around 55 km from Delhi, as residents burst crackers on her achievement. "She has brought laurels to our village, state and coun- try. We are all proud of her," Bamdoli resident Karan Singh said. There were celebrations on Saturday among students and faculty of the medical college when news came about Manushi winning the MissWorld title. After winning the Miss India title, Manushi took a break from her medical studies for one year to pursue her love for beauty pageants. After fulfilling her commit- ments to the present titles that she is holding, Manushi plans to get back to her studies and complete her MBBS degree. Born in Rohtak town, around 70 km from New Delhi, on May 14, 1997, Manushi studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi. Good in her studies, she scored 96 percent marks in her Class 12 exams. Her parents, Dr Mitrabasu Chillar and Dr Neelam Chillar, who were with her in Sanya when she was crowned MissWorld, are both doctors working in health institutes in New Delhi. "I will try to win the MissWorld 2017 crown for the country and my state," Manushi had told the media in July this year when she came to meet Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar after winning the Miss India title. Manushi has been associated with 'Project Shakti' campaign, initiated by her to make women and girls more aware about menstural hygiene, even before she ventured into the beauty pageants scene. Haryana, infamous for the worst sex ratio among states in the country, has seen young women from sports to science to beauty fields making it big at the interna- tional level in recent years. -I ANS Moms Should Be Paid The Most Says Medical Student Manushi Chhillar becomes sixth Indian woman to win the coveted Miss World title -SANYA ndia's Manushi Chhillar on Saturday won the covet- ed "MissWorld 2017" title at a glittering event here, ending 16 years of drought for India at the interna- tional pageant. Manushi is the sixth Indian to win the title and the first since Priyanka Chopra won the crown in 2000. "The feeling is still sinking in and I am very excited to make India proud too. I'm also looking forward to the year ahead," Manushi said in a statement after the win. All of 21, Manushi was born to doctor parents in Haryana, which once ranked the worst among all states in sex ratio in India. "My parents have always been my pillar of support and having them here tonight by my side has only brought me more strength and joy. "My final answer also came to me by having them here with me in front of me," said Manushi, whose family members, including a brother and a sister, were present at the gala. In the question-and-answer round after she was short- listed among the top five, Manushi was asked: "Which profession deserves the highest salary and why?" She said a mother deserves it most. Manushi was ecstatic and emotional when she was announced the winner from among contestants from 108 countries. She was crowned by MissWorld 2016 winner, Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle. Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was announced the first runner up, while Miss England Stephanie Hill was declared the second runner up at the event, held at Sanya City Area. Apart from the main title, Manushi also won the "Beauty with Purpose" award. Soon after, congratulatory messages poured in. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar congrat- ulated Manushi, saying: "Manushi, 'the daughter of Haryana', has made the country and the state proud." Priyanka was joyous about having a "successor". "And we have a successor! Congratulations Manushi Chhillar on becoming MissWorld 2017. Cherish and learn, and most importantly enjoy it. Bravo," she tweeted. Former MissWorld Sushmita Sen wrote: "India wins MissWorld 2017! Congratulations Manushi Chhillar. Yipeeeee, about time! Super proud! Jai Hind." Neha Dhupia, a former beauty queen and who men- tored India's Miss India pageant contestants this year, tweeted: "Congratulations Manushi Chhillar. We knew you had all the qualities to conquer the world ever since we met you for the first time! You go girl!" Manushi did her schooling in the national capital Delhi and became a student of medicine in Sonepat. In an interview during her grooming, she said: "The only thing I believe is certain in life is uncertainty, and this is what is amazing about the pageant." She was always confident about winning the crown. The first MissWorld crown was won for India by Reita Faria in 1943, followed which Aishwarya Rai (1994), Diana Hayden (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999) and Priyanka Chopra (2000). -I ANS I Xinhua/Ians India's 'Miss World' India's Manushi Chhillar receives the crown after winning the Miss World 2017 pageant in Sanya, China on Nov 18, Xinhua/Ians India's Manushi Chhillar celebrates after winning the Miss World 2017 pageant in Sanya, China on Nov 18, 2017.