New Delhi, Agency. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh at a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) webinar on ‘Role of Women in Armed Forces’ on Thursday said that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi not only led the country for many years, but she also worked in times of war. Did this too. His role in the 1971 war with Pakistan was tremendous. In his address the Defense Minister also talked about Rani Laxmi Bai and former President Pratibha Patil and said that India has had a positive experience of harnessing the development of women power at the national level.
Rajnath Singh said that however it is appropriate to discuss the role of women in the armed forces. His massive contribution in all areas of security and nation building should also be recognized and strengthened. He said that through history there are many examples of women taking up arms to defend the rights of their country and people. Rani Lakshmi Bai is the most respected among them.
Pakistan won the war under Indira Gandhi
The Defense Minister said that former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi not only led the country for many years. He did so during the war as well. Most recently Pratibha Patil was the President of India and the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces. India won the 1971 war against Pakistan under Indira Gandhi, which resulted in the birth of Bangladesh.
Women’s role as both caregiver and protector for centuries
Rajnath Singh said that the role of women as both caregiver and protector has been going on for centuries. The customs and traditions of the region are deeply embedded. He said that if Saraswati is our goddess of knowledge, wisdom and learning, then Maa Durga is associated with protection, power, destruction and war. Singh said that India is one of the few countries which have taken initial initiatives in the matter of women’s participation in the armed forces and women are now being accepted for permanent commission and in near future they will be included in the army units and Will command battalions.
Women are serving with pride in the nursing service
He said that women have been serving with pride in the Indian Military Nursing Service for more than 100 years. The Indian Army started commissioning women officers in 1992. It has now moved on to include women officers in most branches of the military. He said that women are now being accepted for permanent commission and in the near future they will command units and battalions of the army.
Singh said women would be able to join the National Defense Academy, a premier pre-services commission training institute, from next year onwards. Describing the induction of women in the Army as a major milestone, he said that India’s approach to inducting women into the Police, Central Police, Paramilitary and Armed Forces has been progressive. She said that we have taken an evolutionary path of combating weapons within the armed forces for women.
The Defense Minister said that we have found that the process of induction of women into the armed forces has prepared for a change considering its broad-based and progressive path. This is an important aspect to ensure a smooth and successful transition.