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Punita Arora – First Woman Lieutenant General of Indian Army

Punita Arora - First Woman General of Indian Army

No doubt that today women have earned a notable status for themselves in society. They stand shoulder to shoulder with a man in every stratum of society. But it was the sudden change that was brought by the modern age women, but the fact that seed for this respectable position in the fellow was borne by many women in the history, even before Independence women like, Sarojini Naidu, Savitribai Phule, Rani Lakshmi bai and many others have proved that women though sensitive from inside had is supposed to have delicate body but if needed she can also be like mountain, and fight for herself, her family and even for the pride of her nation. One such woman is Punita Arora. She is an inspiring woman and a notable officer of the Indian Army who illustrates courage and brilliance.

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Punita Arora was the first woman, who secured a second-highest rank of Lt. General in the Indian Armed Forces. In 2005, she was made the first woman Vice-Admiral of the Indian Navy. She also became the first woman officer to command the Armed Force Medical College, when she took control over it in 2004.

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She had won 15 medals and various awards in her career. For her contribution throughout she had been awarded Vishist Seva Medal, Param Vishisht Seva Medal & Sena Medal. At the time of partition in 1947, Punita came to India with nothing in their hand. They only thing they had in them was will-power and belief in God. They built up their dwelling brick- by-brick. They had only their family’s morals and support that played the role of big valuable things to climb up the ladder of success.

Punita Arora - First Woman General of Indian Army

Her husband retired as a Brigadier. Prior to retirement, he used to serve the army as a dermatologist. Even her son is a dermatologist and he has been posted at the Air Force base hospital. Her son is married to a doctor. Her daughter is pursuing her Post graduation but before that even she was serving the army. It’s amazing that all her family member is in the medical profession where his father had a dream to become a doctor. She displayed absolute leadership and offered dainty services to the needy person at the time when there was a terrorist attack on the army camp at Kaluchak, Jammu.

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Sharing her experience she said that it feels great to hold the high rank similarly like the other male officer in the force. It is proud to know that even she is one of those who have contributed their share in bringing a change in the society.
She was born in a Punjabi family in Bhatinda, Sangha on 13th October 1932. At the time when she was pursuing 12th, they came to India and settled in Saharanpur, UP. In 1963, she completed her study from Armed Forces Medical College from Pune. She was also the topper of her batch. Her 36 years of a career in the Indian Armed Force was very mesmerizing and was full with pride, respect, and medals.

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