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Rajnath hails Indira Gandhi: ‘Led nation in occasions of conflict’

Citing examples of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and former President Pratibha Patil, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke of ladies empowerment in India on the inaugural session of a global seminar on the ‘Function of Girls within the Armed Forces’, organised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Thursday.
The SCO is a Eurasian political, financial and safety alliance headquartered out of Beijing. Addressing the international locations attending the worldwide seminar, Singh mentioned, “India’s former Prime Minister, Shrimati Indira Gandhi not solely led the nation for a variety of years, she additionally did so throughout occasions of conflict. And extra not too long ago, Shrimati Pratibha Patil was the President of India and the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces.”

Talking on the SCO-Worldwide Webinar on ‘Function of Girls within the Armed Forces’.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 14, 2021
Singh additional introduced that from subsequent 12 months, girls shall be capable to be part of the Nationwide Defence Academy, “India’s premier tri-service pre-commissioning coaching institute”.
“India stays deeply dedicated to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and its constitution. We’ve long-standing and pure linkages all through historical past to all of the international locations on this distinctive grouping. Our shared tradition, ethnic, civilisational and geographical previous has solely been bolstered by our heat relationships and shut ties. I’ve little question that this augurs nicely for a mutually-fulfilling relationship sooner or later,” mentioned Singh.

He added, “Our future is in our arms. It’s for the SCO nations to make sure regional stability, promote peace, guarantee gender-equality and work in direction of betterment of your complete area. We sit up for a lot higher participation and an even bigger position of ladies in varied duties of the Armed Forces.”
“The altering character of conflict is bringing threats from our borders to inside our society and amongst the individuals. Terrorism is simply the obvious and diabolical manifestation of this actuality…It has been employed as a weapon of selection by non-state actors and irresponsible states alike for the furtherance of their political targets. SCO as an organisation has unequivocally rejected terrorism in all its manifestations and varieties,” mentioned the Defence Minister.
Singh additional mentioned that the position of ladies in historic Indian literature has by no means been confined by gender stereotypes and that this literature is “replete” with examples that reinforce equality and feminism.

“It subsequently comes as no shock that a variety of girls have reached the rank of Lieutenant Basic and equal throughout the Indian Armed Forces, main their women and men below probably the most difficult situations. The Indian Military had commenced commissioning girls officers in 1992. It has now moved to inducting girls officers in a lot of the branches of the Military. Girls are actually being accepted for everlasting fee and shall be commanding Military items and battalions within the close to future. The induction of ladies in Army Police has commenced final 12 months, marking a significant milestone whereby girls are inducted within the rank and file of Military Officer Coaching Academy (OTA) has 30 years of institutional information in coaching girls and conducts common coaching in addition to refresher programs for ladies officers from pleasant overseas international locations. I sit up for seeing girls officers from SCO nations in OTA in Chennai,” he mentioned.
Singh additional mentioned that from taking part in Air Visitors Management in 1993, girls Navy officers graduated to being pilots of Maritime Reconnaissance plane in 2016 and are actually appointed onboard warships from 2020. The Indian Coast Guard has been using girls officers in fight roles which incorporates pilots, observers and aviation help providers. Within the Indian Air Drive, girls are inducted in all roles, together with fight and help roles. Indian girls officers have additionally been frequently taking part in United Nations missions.

“In 2007, India created historical past by deploying the primary ever all-female Fashioned Police Unit for UN Peacekeeping in Liberia. In 2019, India once more deployed a Feminine Engagement Crew within the Democratic Republic of Congo that performed a essential position in peacekeeping and provoking girls in native communities. Our strategy to the induction of ladies within the police, central police, paramilitary and armed forces has been progressive. We’ve taken the evolutionary path of transferring from help to fight help and thereafter to fight arms throughout the armed drive,” he mentioned.

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