Guwahati : Enduring contributions, hard work, inspirational stories of Northeast women would sum up the year 2018 ending. They not only set a benchmark at the regional or national sphere, but have also made the country proud at the International platform.
Given below is the list of names who have made 2018 truly a year for the Northeast women.
Rima Das : She is now a household name not only in India but Internationally too. Rima Das has etched her name in golden letters by winning many International and national awards for her feature film “The Village Rockstars”. The movie won her four national awards at the National Film Awards 2018, which includes Best Feature Film, Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing. With more than 45 awards, Rima Das who hails from Chaygaon in Kamrup, Assam, has travelled to more than 80 international film festivals across the world.
Hima Das : The 18 year old created history by winning gold in the women’s 400-metre event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland in July and in the recently held Asian games in Jakarta, Indonesia where she won one gold medal, two silver medals. Ever since then there was no more looking back for the sprinter queen. She was honoured with the Arjuna award an further bagged the Vogue Sports Women of the Year 2018. She hails from Dhing, Assam.
MC Mary Kom : This 35 year old feisty, fiery, boxer from Manipur has been on a winning spree since her entry into this sports. The Manipuri Pubigilist created history on November 24 by winning record-equaling sixth gold at the World Boxing Championship at New Delhi. She was named the best pugilist of the 10th World Women’s Boxing Championships by the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The Manipur Government has also renamed a stretch of road in Imphal after the pugilist.
Dipa Karmakar : Returning to action after a gap of nearly two years, this girl from Tripura made the country proud by clinching the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey. The gymnast made history after qualifying in last Rio Olympic as first Indian female gymnast and she finished fourth in the women’s vault gymnastics finals. She bagged a bronze medal in the vault event on the third day of Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany.
Ankushita Boro : She won gold at the AIBA World Youth Women’s Boxing Championship – one of only five Indians to do so. This year, the boxing champ bagged gold in fist NE Olympic Games in Imphal. Ankushita’s next target is 2020 Olympics. She hails from Sonitpur, Assam.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu : She made the country proud by winning gold at the World Weightlifting Championships and set a new world record by lifting a total of 198 kg in the 48 kg category. Chanu is the only second Indian weightlifter to bring gold to the country after Karnam Malleswari in the year 1995. The world champion weightlifter was honoured with Rajiv gandhi Khel Ratna award – the country’s highest sporting honour. She hails from Manipur.
Ashmita Chaliha : Left handed shuttler Asmita Chaliha rose to fame after getting selected for the Badminton championship at the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. She clinched the women’s singles title at the All India Senior Ranking Badminton Championship. The Guwahati shuttler further clinched gold for India in the Dubai International Challenge.