The Indian community of Eilat “delighted” to see Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021

The Indian community of Eilat in southern Israel is “overwhelmed” after actor-model Harnaaz Sandhu was named Miss Universe 2021.

Sandhu, a 21-year-old model based in Chandigarh, was crowned at the 70th edition of the event held in the city last night.

We were there on the site. I had a good feeling from the start. The community talked about the event, felt India had a chance and went with flags to cheer on our competitor, ”Samson Burgarkar told PTI.

She won our hearts when she acknowledged our presence by greeting us with folded hands saying Namaste. We have applauded her every time. Our Israeli friends have been congratulating members of the Indian community all the time since the morning and it is a proud moment for us, ” Bugarkar added.

About 50 Indians, Jews of Indian descent and a few Indian workers attended the event, waving the Indian flag and saluting Sandhu with loud cheers every time she made an appearance on stage.

Jacky Divekar, an Indian who immigrated to Israel decades ago, said he did not attend the event due to other obligations, but was’ overwhelmed by the number of messages congratulations from friends and acquaintances in the morning ” when he checked his phone.

I felt good waking up to this in the morning. I am a proud Indian and happy to see an Indian win this coveted award, ” added Divekar.

There are around 150-200 Indian families and a few dozen Indian workers living in the coastal city which attracts more tourists every year than the number of its inhabitants. Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe for the year 2021 in a glitzy ceremony at the port of Eilat on the Red Sea on Monday morning, marking the 70th anniversary of the beauty pageant.

Her victory marks the first Miss Universe title for India in 21 years. Actor Lara Dutta won the competition in 2000.

So proud to see an Indian woman win the Miss Universe award, and also the festive atmosphere of the Indian community in Eilat. The Indians in the city are congratulated everywhere, ” said Sanjay Gupta, a Kolkata-born Eilat resident who has represented the Israeli national team at the European cricket championship in the past.

Priti Gupta, who works as a deputy manager at a hotel here, said Sandhu’s victory will inspire women to pursue their dreams.

Over the years, women have transcended all barriers and won laurels in all fields, regardless of caste, creed or religion. As an Indian, I think the Miss Universe crown is a great achievement – it is a benchmark for all generations to come, so that girls in every nook and cranny of India will leave no stone unturned to make their dream come true, ”she said.

Sandhu qualified for the final with her 79 co-competitors from around the world. She edged out Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira and Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane to succeed reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza of Mexico in the final round.

We were quietly confident but no less nervous than the participant herself just before the winner was announced. We held our breath in expectation and prayed, then jumped in glee with our Indian flag. Sandhu acknowledged our presence whenever we encouraged her, ” said Avner Digorkar, another member of the Indian community in Eilat.

The city’s Indian community is very present and makes the headlines to commemorate the victims of the 11/26 attacks in Mumbai every year.

The Municipality of Eilat also agreed to build an Indo-Israel Friendship Square in the city to strengthen ties between the two countries and show respect to members of the Indian community.

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