Few brave Indian women pioneers in our country’s defense services
We have seen women working in almost every organized or unorganized sectors. They have a huge contribution towards our country’s economy. In that way, Indian women are not even behind while protecting our country. Many women officers have joined the prestigious and most dignified Institutions of the country, i.e Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. These women officers have shown some extreme audacity as well as attained triumph in many areas, even sometimes beating their male counterparts. Meet a few such women in Indian armed forces, who have shown exemplary velour and made everyone proud.
Punita Arora is the first woman in India to get the second highest rank, i.e. Lieutant General of Indian Armed Forces and the first Vice admiral of Indian Navy. She has been awarded with 15 medals in her 36 years of career in Indian Armed Forces.
Padmavathy Bandopadhyay joined the Indian Air Force in 1968. She is the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force.
Major Mitali Madhumita is the first woman officer, who has been awarded a gallantry medal for her brave action overseas. She saved at least 19 lives during the February 2010 terrorist attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul. She was leading the army’s English Language Training Team in Kabul at that time.
Divya Ajith Kumar
In the year 2010, Divya Ajith Kumar created history by becoming the first woman selected for the ‘Sword of Honour’. This Chennai girl beat 244 fellow gentlemen and women cadets, to win the Best All-Round Cadet award and get the ‘Sword of Honour’, which is the highest award given to a cadet of the Officers Training Academy
During the Kargil war, Gunjan Saxena became the first woman Indian Air Force officer to fly in a combat zone. She was awarded with the Shurya Vir Award. She has been highly praised for her outstanding courage.
When it comes to courage, we can’t miss the name of Shanti Tigga. She beat all the odds and joined Territorial Army. Shanti Tigga was honored by former president Pratibha Patil for being the first female jawan of our country.
Lieutenant Ganeve Lalji, a third generation Army officer created history by becoming the first woman to be appointed as a key aide ( Aide-De-Camps or ADC ) to an Army Commander. She was commissioned in the Corps of Military intelligence in 2011 and has recorded several achievements during her Young Officers’ course in Pune. ADCs are officers who serve as a personal assistant of top officers, including the Army Chief and Army Commanders.
Wing Commander Puja Thakur came into limelight when she became the first woman to lead the Guard of Honour for the US President Barack Obama, one of the world’s most powerful men in the recent times.
There was a time when women short service commissioned pilots were only permitted to fly single engine helicopters. But, a major policy shift in 2010, IAF allowed conversion of women pilots to twin-engine category of medium to heavy-lift helicopters. When the IAF sought women pilots to volunteer for the Sarang team, Squadron Leader Deepika Misra was among the first to be inducted into the indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter squad. Deepika Misra joined the Sarang team as its first woman IAF pilot.