Women today have earned a notable status for themselves in society. They stand shoulder to shoulder with men in every stratum of life. Women are thought to be sensitive, and fragile but she can also be like a mountain, and fight for herself, her family and even for the pride of her nation. So today on International Women’s day here is a list of female Army Personnel who created history by showing immense bravery.
1. Punita Arora: first woman Lieutenant-general in IAF
The first brave lady in our list is Punita Arora who is the first Indian woman to hold the rank of Lieutenant-general in the Indian Armed Forces and first female Vice Admiral in the Indian navy. Indeed, she is the inspiration for many women to join the Indian army. In her 37 years of service, she has received 15 medals for her exceptional leadership and service to the nation.
2. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay- First woman Air Mashal
The achievements of Padmavathy are innumerable. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay is undoubtedly a pioneer in the armed forces. She is the first woman in the history of Indian Air Force to be promoted to the rank of Air Marshal. She is also the first lady to become a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Society. Furthermore, she is also the recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal for her exceptional service during the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict.
3. Priya Jhingan- First woman cadet to join INA
Priya Jhingan was the first woman cadet to join the Indian Army in 1992. Before that, the Indian army has no admission for women. It is Priya Jhingan who wrote to the Chief of Staff, General Sunith Francis Rodrigues about allowing women to enrol in the army. The General soon replied to her letter saying that the Army is planning to admit women in the Indian Armed Forces. She treasures the letter till today.
4. Harita Kaur Deol- First woman pilot to fly solo
Flight Lt. Harita Kaur Deol was a pilot with the Indian Air Force. She was the first woman pilot to fly solo in the Indian Air Force. At the age of 22, she was the first lady in the Indian Air Force to operate without a co-pilot. She soared at the height of 10,000 ft and explicitly created history.
5. Divya Ajith Kumar- first woman to receive ‘Sword of Honour’
Captain Divya Ajith Kumar, born in Chennai, is the first woman in the Indian Army to receive the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ at a very tender age. She beat 244 fellow cadets on several tests to achieve this Honour. At the age of 25, captain Divya led the all-women contingent of 154 officers during the 2015 Republic Day parade.
6. Sophia Qureshi- First woman to lead the 40-member army contingent
Sophia Qureshi became the first woman officer to lead a 40-member army contingent at the international military exercise. This courageous lady was the only woman commander across all participating countries which included USA, Japan, South Korea, Russia and China.
7. Mitali Madhumita- First woman to receive Sena Medal
Mitali Madhumita became the first female officer in the Indian Army to receive the prestigious Sena Medal. This gallantry honour is in fact given to officers who die serving the army and show exceptional courage in the crisis. This brave lady showed exemplary courage during the attack on the Indian embassy by terrorists in Kabul, Afghanistan on 26 February 2010, and also during operations in Jammu-Kashmir and the northeast states of India.
8. Gunjan Saxena and Srividya Rajan- First women pilots to fly into a war zone
They created history by becoming the first women pilots to fly into a combat zone during the Kargil war. These brave ladies bravely flew their Cheetah helicopters close to enemy lines and safely removed wounded soldiers from the war zone during that war.
9. Ganeve Lalji- First lady to appoint as Aide-de-camp
Ganeve Lalji is the first lady to be appointed as the aide-de-camp (ADC) in the Indian Army. This position is chiefly for the officers who prove their ability to cope with multiple hardships and challenges. She indeed proved herself and became the principal aide to the Army Commander, Lieutenant General Rajan Bakshi in 2013.
10. Shanti Tigga- First female Jawaan in the Indian army
Shanti Tigga, a widower, had two kids when she became the first female Jawaan in the Indian Army. She beat all her male co-cadets in physical fitness tests when she accomplished a 1.5 km run 5 seconds before her fellow cadets. Ex-President Pratibha Patil also honoured her for her extraordinary achievements.
11. Nivedita Choudhary- First female from IAF to climb Mt. Everest
Meet Nivedita Choudhary who became the first female from the Indian Air Force (IAF) to climb the Mt. Everest. As she is the first lady from Rajasthan to achieve this feat, she was also honoured by the state chief minister for her rare achievement.
12. Deepika Misra- First female to train for helicopter aerobatic team Sarang
Deepika Misra showed her valour which led her to become the first Indian Air Force lady pilot to train for the helicopter aerobatic team- Sarang. This helicopter aerobatic team is one of the only four helicopter military display units in the world.
The significantly remarkable stories of these brave women are sure to inspire young India. Certainly, they prove that gender cannot be a barrier to achieve your goal. They indeed establish that females are still not confined in their territory of the kitchen and homemakers only. I am feeling proud to share the glorifying stories of these brave officers who are an inspiration to females all around.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TO ALL THE FEMALES OUT THERE