Sidhya Ganesh, the youngest ever to win Miss Teen India USA, caught up with Nitin Gupta in Seattle

Fourteen year old Sidhya Ganesh is a passionate dancer, singer and actress. And is currently the youngest ever to win Miss Teen India USA. Sidhya, who holds the title this year, will be representing USA at the Miss Teen India Worldwide pageant to be held in Mumbai in October.

She had earlier won the Washington State pageant and represented her state at the USA National pageant, where she became the ‘youngest ever’ to clinch the Miss Teen India USA title.

Sidhya is a three–time international champion for “Future Problem Solving”, and is the president for this program at her school. A multilingual she can speak English, Tamil, Hindi and Spanish.

What do you think of President Donald Trump, and his recent visit to India?

Mr. Trump is the President of one of the world’s leading countries, America, and opinions aside, we do have to respect him for being elected to this position. I personally believe that Mr. Trump has helped the American economy a lot, ever since he came into office, through tax cuts, and increased employment.

This has led to decline in the number of people on food stamps by 8%, making people living in poverty more self-sufficient. I also respect him due to his great relationship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Being an Indian American, it makes me very happy to see the connections between both my countries growing, and it was a huge matter of pride for me to see President Trump meet PM Modi in India, to strengthen bonds between the two countries, through upcoming trade deals to foster development.

What did you think of PM Modi and his recent trip to Texas?

I simply admire PM Modi. Aside from the leading the nation with integrity and honesty, his journey from humble background to where he has reached today is also extremely inspirational, and teaches the importance of perseverance, good moral ethics and determination.

I was happy to see how PM Modi recently visited Texas—the oil and gas capital of USA, to deepen bilateral energy cooperation. This was the first step towards reducing our ecological footprints together.

During the time of his governance in Gujarat, Mr Modi had demonstrated his extraordinary decision-making and development skills. His no-nonsense approach in making key executive decisions, and ensuring quick implementation are pivotal to his effective governance model.

What do you think of Ivanka Trump? 

Ivanka Trump is the Advisor to President Trump, and that is a great political role held by a woman in America which is commendable and inspirational. She focuses on the education and economic empowerment of women and their families as well as job creation and economic growth through workforce development, skills training and entrepreneurship. This empowerment teaches us the importance of how we should always lift each other up.

Your favourite young female Indian politician and why?

My favourite young Indian female politician is Priyanka Chaturvedi, and I would love to meet her. Party politics aside, I like her because I find similarities between both of us, whether it is confidence, brevity, or poise and public speaking skills.

I also feel that she is brave and stands up for what she believes in and has achieved a lot in the fields of politics and community service, despite being fairly young. I would love to support the NGOs she is running in Mumbai, through my community service.

Your favourite young female Indian billionaire and why?

Divya Gokulnath, definitely. She is the founder of Byju’s, India’s leading Ed-tech Company, and a popular and personalised school learning app. She believes in the importance of a well-rounded education, which is something that I am also an advocate for.

Are you Indian, American or both?

I would say I am both. I am a proud Indian American, working hard to support both my countries. I leverage my rich Indian values of family, and giving back to support children in need in America.

Through performing arts-based fundraisers here in America, I work to empower underprivileged children back home in India. I am an ambassador for both my countries and am proud of both of their achievements and hope to help them both thrive.

What do you think of Australia?

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Australia is the rich environment and marine life. Whether it is the beautiful nature or wonderful underwater landscape, the preserved environment is special. I hope to visit Australia soon and be a part of the beautiful cultural mosaic and landscape.

The writer is a former Ministerial Adviser, and a Guest Columnist for The Indian Sun

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