We already know that women in the Indian army are banned from combat roles, but that never stopped a young Avani Chaturvedi from joining the ranks of fighter pilots in the country. She recently flew a Mig-21 Bison which was a phenomenal moment not only at the national level but internationally too.
A unique achievement for Indian Air force and the country
Being one of the three young women to be inducted into the armed forces, her peers will soon follow the same training to become just like her. Born in 1993 in a small town in Madhya Pradesh, she comes from a family line of army officers and highly admires her older brother whom she considers her role model. With a bachelor’s degree in technology from Banasthali University, Rajasthan, it was in 2014 that she got through the Indian Air Force (IAF) examination. Due to her incredible achievement, India will now be counted among countries like Britain, Israel and the US who all have women who fly fighter jets. Far from a small feat, she had to fight more than the boys who walk through the doors of the Indian armed forces and has surely broken the glass ceiling. Air Commodore Prashant Dixit said, “It is a unique achievement for Indian Air force and the country.”
She will now move up the ranks to fly tougher jets
Graduating in 2016, she is also known among her peers as a fan of playing chess and painting which shows that she is a young woman of many talents. Previously, only 2.5% of India’s armed forces were women and now this too is slowly changing. Once Avani Chaturvedi completes stage 3 of her training, she will also move up the ranks to fly other jets like Sukhoi and Tejas. After the Union approved women in the fighter stream on an experimental status, she put in over 150 hours of flight training, not to mention the gruelling tests that the IAF demanded.
Today, with such an achievement, she continues to stand as a great role model for young women in the Indian Armed Forces as well as young girls growing up in India.
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