Thakur leading the Guard of Honour during US President Barack Obama’s visit last year ndtv
Thakur has described IAF’s decision as “biased, discriminatory, arbitrary and unreasonable”.
Wing Cdr Pooja Thakur ndtv
However, each branch of the IAF has different criteria to grant women permanent commission and it is done on a case-to-case basis.
Last year, US President Obama praised Thakur when she led an Inter-Service Guard of Honour. Obama said the sight of “incredible” Indian women in the armed forces was one of his “favourite things” in India. She hoped that the incident inspired more women to join the armed forces in the country.
The defence forces, in a first, had chosen women officers to lead their marching contingents during the Republic Day parade last year.
Thakur joined the IAF in 2000 and belongs to the administrative branch.