2016 saw several Indian women breaking the glass ceiling

Several Indian women made their way into the record books in 2016 with awe-inspiring feats be it in the field of defence, politics or sports.

By Author   |   Published: 31st Dec 2016   12:12 pm Updated: 31st Dec 2016   12:15 pm
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File Photo: Flying Officers Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh.

New Delhi: Several Indian women made their way into the record books in 2016 with awe-inspiring feats be it in the field of defence, politics or sports.

Indian Air Force welcomed to its fold its first batch of women fighter pilots when Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were commissioned in June.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar termed the combat role for these women in the Air Force as a “milestone”.

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Archana Ramasundram

Archana Ramasundaram became the first woman head of a paramilitary force when she was appointed Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in February. The 58-year-old resident of Uttar Pradesh is a Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer.

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Mehbooba Mufti

In politics, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, 56, became the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir when she took charge in April following the death of her father.

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Najma Heptullah

Former Union minister Najma Heptulla was appointed as the 18th governor of Manipur, the first woman to hold that post in the northeastern state.

Upma Chaudhary, a 1983-batch IAS officer of Himachal cadre, became the first woman to be appointed Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie.

In the sports arena, Indian women achieved several milestones.

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PV Sindhu

Shuttler P V Sindhu became the country’s first-ever woman silver medal winner at the Olympics when she achieved the feat at the Rio Games.

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Sakshi Malik

Sakshi Malik too had her share of glory when she became the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal — a bronze at Rio.

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Dipa Karmarkar

Tripura girl Dipa Karmarkar became the darling of the country when she reached the vault finals at Rio — the first Indian woman to do so. She is also the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics gymnastics event.

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Aditi Ashok

Young Aditi Ashok entered the record books by becoming the first woman Indian golfer to win a European Tour event.

The list does not stop here.

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Deepa Malik

Deepa Malik became the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at the Rio Paralympics where she bagged a silver medal in shot-put event.

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Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza retained her World number one rank in doubles in the WTA rankings in a gruelling 2016 season in which she won eight titles, including the Australian Open with Swiss partner Martina Hingis.

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Nita Ambani

At the 129th session of International Olympic Committee (IOC) in August, Nita Ambani was elected an individual member of the IOC, the first woman from India to achieve the feat.