The hottest topic of debate flashing across all news channels.
I have tried to articulate my thoughts here but the whole exercise has been a little more difficult than usual simply because I cannot imagine myself serving in any of the armed forces. Shesssh. I confess here I have become a slave to all the worldly comforts and what the hell I just don’t measure up!!
I am so in awe with women who have the drive to carve a niche for themselves in that part of the world. It is all about priorities and stamina, both physical and mental. To want to shoulder the responsibility of your Nation is an admirable thought and to take yourself seriously enough to put up a fight for that dream is utopia. Even though I grapple at the thought of me in armed forces, I can empathize with the need to have the freedom of choice which what it actually boils down to…
If a woman can prove herself worthy and fit mentally and physically (read sans squeamish outcries about the absence of restrooms, comfort, place of posting, graveyard shifts, possible sexual harassment ) to hold any office in the armed forces, then why not give her the chance?
Many times women are denied opportunities and a chance to go forward and figuratively speaking face the fire in any situation thanks to over protective “Fatherly” figures who often believe that women are not up to the task.
If there are women who are willing to report at any war zones irrespective of the marriage and baby issues then maybe its time the Indian government recognizes that and provides an option of longer commission period for them.You see it is know that every man has a woman behind him... but do not forget it is also possible( though the chances are rather rare!)for a woman to have a man behind her.
The process is bound to be slow and will take its own course and cannot happen overnight because it’s not just the women who need to be trained and acclimatized to the job and the various demands which come hand in hand, but also the men who are not used to women amongst them commanding, fighting and living with them.
After all every possible situation in the present was impossible at some point of time in the past…