As we present to you several inspiring stories of women from different walks of life and careers taking a stand and changing the course of history with their confidence and resilience, we feel a sense of pride and admiration for these women. It hasn’t been an easy walk and, it takes a lot of hard work and confronting the social norms to prove ourselves and our worth to the world. We bring another story of a woman from Thane who stood up for her dreams and made them come true.
Roshni Iyer is a 23-year-old woman from Thane, Maharashtra has been commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force. She is one of the 15 women in total who have gained this position in India’s Air Force. From a young age, she dreamed to serve the nation and worked hard to achieve this dream.
In her interview with Times of India, Iyer said, “Being a part of the Indian Air Force is a way of life. it is not just about being a pilot but the greater motto is to live for and serve the nation.” She was inspired by our former president, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and graduated in aerospace engineering just like him and got admitted to the Air Force Academy. After a year and a half’s training at the Air Force Academy at Dundigal, she saw her dreams forming a shape and, the goal seemed much closer. She has been an all-rounder throughout her life as she excelled in athletics, reading trekking and painting. She won a lot of medals in 400-metre hurdles.
Fight lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi, Flight lieutenant Bhawana Kant and Flight Lieutenant Mohan Singh were the first three women to be commissioned as fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force.
Women have been taking over the world with their creativity and resilience. No mountain is high enough when you are determined and are putting in your complete effort to achieve that goal. These women inspire us and help us imbibe that we can do anything and are capable enough to show the world that we can do it.
We congratulate Roshni Iyer to be one of the few fighter pilots in the Indian Air force and we hope that there are many more women who want to be a part of this male-dominated career and change the societal patterns by turning the situation upside down.