Indian women officers shine at Saudi defence show, inspire future generations

PoliCharcha | Updated: February 08, 2024, 11:04 AM

Share on:

Indian women officers shine at Saudi defence show, inspire future generations

The World Defence Show (WDS) 2024, presently underway in Riyadh, has seen the notable participation of women from various branches of the armed forces, affirming the government's commitment to harnessing the strength of women across different sectors, as stated by the Ministry of Defence in an official release on Thursday.

Squadron Leader Bhawana Kanth, Colonel Ponung Doming, and Lieutenant Commander Annu Prakash represented the Armed Forces in the various seminars of the WDS 2024, especially in the International Women in Defence-themed events.

On February 7, Squadron Leader Kanth, a distinguished fighter pilot from the Indian Air Force, took centre stage as a panellist at the seminar titled 'International Women in Defence: Investing in an Inclusive Future,' hosted by Saudi Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud.

"The Squadron Leader shared her inspiring journey of breaking barriers and soaring through the skies, thus becoming a part of the revered fighter pilot club in India. Her insights on leadership, resilience and the evolving role of women in modern warfare resonated with the diverse audience, who were impressed to know about her journey. She is the first female fighter pilot to take part in the Republic Day Parade (2021). She also participated in the Republic Day 2024 Flypast," statement by the Defence Ministry stated.

Colonel Ponung Doming from the Indian Army has made history as the first woman officer to command the world's highest border task force situated above 15,000 feet in the northern sector, with numerous accolades accumulated over her more than 20 years of service, the release noted.

Lieutenant Commander Annu Prakash of the Indian Navy showcased her expertise in maritime security and operations, emphasising the indispensable role women play in safeguarding India's extensive coastline and ensuring regional stability, according to the release.

"The participation of these three exceptional women officers at the WDS 2024 served as a testament to the growing role of Indian women in the defence landscape. The trio will deliver an inspirational talk about their remarkable journey at International Indian School, Riyadh, on February 8, to about 600 schoolchildren from various schools. The event will serve as a platform for showcasing the diverse talents and leadership skills of Indian women in uniform, inspiring future generations to follow their dreams and cover new ground."

The WDS 2024, which commenced on February 4, is set to conclude on February 8. The Union Minister of State for Defence visited Riyadh as the head of the Indian delegation for the show.