On 10-May-2017 In People & Politics
Women empowerment will not be fully achieved till women will conquer the land, the sea and the skies. Let's talk about the skies. We have many female pilots in India, but pilots in a combative role? Oh, girl! Are you going to kill our enemies and teach them a lesson? Wow, what a badass thing. Will you fly faster than the speed of the light and the sound? You give us the Sonic Boom, we will love that. And those aerial combat tricks with Dassault Rafale, MIG-27, Harpy, Mirage and our own Tejas. You go girl; go and conquer the skies.
India's first three women fighter pilots are doing just that. Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh created history in June 2016 when they were commissioned into the Indian Air Force in the combative role. These three women broke the toughest barrier of Indian military. They have already completed the Phase III training and 145 hours of top-notch training.They are now ready for the supersonic combative role. Are the enemies listening?
Parrikar officially included them in the Indian Military for combative roles.
Interestingly, out of the three fighter pilots, two are from military background and their father, grandfather and brothers inspired them to take on the skies. One is from non-military background and I guess her journey must have been the toughest. But there's one thing common among the three pilots - it is their determination to succeed. Being a fighter pilot is a tough job. The precision, the timing and mental stamina - you got to be made of steel. One mistake and you are gone.
Avani who is from Satna in Madhya Pradesh said she wanted to conquer the skies and hence joined the Flying Club while she was in college. Her brother who was in the army inspired her.Mohanna Singh is from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. Her father is a Warrant Officer in the IAF and her grandfather was a Flight Gunner in the Aviation Research Centre. Bhawana Kanth from Darbhanga in Bihar is the daughter of an officer in the Indian Oil Corporation and dreamt of flying planes in her childhood.
The three women said becoming fighter pilots is a dream come true for them. The tough training schedules, long training years have made them what they are today. The three pilots believe that it would not have been possible without the support of their family and friends. They also said they are giving their best and are ready to defend their country in any circumstances.
We need them for the simple reason that just like men, women can do anything. We need more women in combat roles, defending the nation. Gender seems to be just a word now.
Women are creating history everywhere. Where's your piece of cake?
The achievement of these three pilots is a milestone for the Indian armed forces. This has made military more inclusive and a gender neutral unit.