We feel that women of today’s generation are making a difference, but it all started from women who set the benchmark for others to follow. If it was not for their accomplishments, we would not have seen a country where women have started being respected. Let’s get inspired by the story of Puneeta Arora, an inspiring woman and a notable officer of Indian Army who exemplifies courage and brilliance:
Puneeta Arora, is the first woman to have donned the second highest rank of Lt. General in the Indian Armed Forces. She was also the first Vice Admiral of Indian Navy in 2005. She took the control of AFMC (Armed Force Medical College) in 2004, hence becoming the first woman officer to command the college.
Not only does she have the first firsts, she has also witnessed glory by winning 15 medals and various awards in her career. She was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal, Param Vishisht Seva Medal & Sena Medal for her contribution across.
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Her family arrived in India, post partition, with nothing in hand. Starting from scratch they built up their abode brick by brick. It was her family’s values and support that posed as the biggest asset for her journey up the ladder.
Her husband served the army as a dermatologist until recently, when he retired as a Brigadier. Her son is also a dermatologist posted at the Air Force base hospital and he is married to a doctor. Her daughter also served the army before moving out to pursue her post graduation. Incidentally Puneeta Arora’s father also dreamt of becoming a doctor.
During the terrorist attack on the army camp at Kaluchak, Jammu, she displayed absolute leadership and offered exquisite services to the needy. She gave prompt orders to give medical assistance to the casualties without delay, hence preventing further tragedy.
She says she feels great to hold the high rank, just like any other male officer would. However, her being a woman and achieving this position, is not a reason to feel great of. Her humility and not basking in glory because she is a woman, shows that she is one of those who have contributed in bringing a change in the society.