|Lina Lamneilhing Chongloi
Imphal, Sept. 27: It’s party time for the people of Sadar hills, a Kuki-dominated region in Manipur’s hill district of Senapati with Lina Lamneilhing Chongloi, who won Miss India North East 2013 and Miss Bharat 2013 titles recently, coming home for the first time after the twin successes.
The sleepy Haijang village in Kangpokpi subdivision from where she hails, about 50km north of Imphal along the Imphal-Dimapur highway, is in festive mood with the villagers planning a grand reception for her arrival tomorrow.
“A felicitation programme for Lina will be held tomorrow at Brig. S.K. Sharma playground by the village youth club,” Lulun Chongloi, general secretary of the club, said.
Lina, 21, won the Miss Bharat 2013 title on June 24 in Bhopal and the Miss North East 2013 title in another beauty pageant held in Guwahati on July 24. Earlier, she had won the Miss Talented title in a beauty pageant, Queen of Mystic East, held in Imphal in January 2011.
She is now eyeing the Miss Glory Universe title, an international beauty pageant, to be held in Paris next year.
Soon after her arrival here yesterday. Lina had said, “I express my gratitude to the people of Manipur for their support and seek the same in my next competition. I am hoping to win the Miss Glory Universe title”.
Lina said she would once again make Manipur proud and bring more laurels and fame for the state, which she termed as a “sweet state”.
Hundreds from Sadar hills gave her a grand reception when she arrived at Tulihal airport in Imphal yesterday and thousands lined the highway at Kangpokpi bazar and the 5km-long road from Kangpokpi town to her village to greet her.
It is time for celebrations not only for the underdeveloped village of Haijang, but the entire Kuki community, to which Lina belongs and which is proud of her achievements.
However, they are unhappy that the government has failed to acknowledge her achievement properly.
Thangminlen Kipgen, president of Kuki Students’ Organisation, Sadar hills, expressed his discontent over the government’s “indifference” towards her success. He described Lina as “an unsung beauty queen” of Manipur.
In the meantime, they are determined to leave no stone unturned to make the beauty queen feel like one.
“It will be a grand reception tomorrow. Leaders of the community, including Nemcha Kipgen, the legislator from Kangpokpi, will attend the felicitation programme,” Kam Boy, a resident of Kangpokpi, said.