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India’s All-Women Tri-Services Contingent at Republic Day 2024 Parade

In a historic first, the 2024 Republic Day Parade in India will witness the participation of two all-women contingents from the defence forces, marking a significant milestone in the country’s journey towards gender equality and empowerment in the military. These contingents will include members from the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force, showcasing the seamless integration and valour of Indian armed forces.

Leading the March: Captain Sandhya’s Historic Role

At the forefront of this monumental event is Captain Sandhya, who will lead the all-women tri-services contingent, consisting of 148 members. This team, which includes Agniveers and regular recruits, has undergone extensive preparation in Delhi since early December, following two months of individual practice at their respective bases. Captain Sandhya, a 26-year-old officer who previously participated in the 2017 Republic Day parade as an NCC cadet, expressed her pride and fortune at being allowed to lead this historic contingent.

The training for this event was challenging due to the differing drills and procedures in the three services. However, under Captain Sandhya’s leadership, the team has worked cohesively to overcome these challenges, ensuring they are ready for the parade. This effort reflects not only their dedication but also the evolving role of women in the Indian armed forces​.

Dual Representation of Nari Shakti

In addition to the tri-services contingent, the parade will also feature a second all-women contingent from the Directorate General of the Armed Forces Medical Services. This group will consist of nurses from the military nursing services and will be led by female doctors. This inclusion further emphasizes the Government of India’s commitment, under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, to promoting Nari Shakti (women empowerment) within the defence forces.

The Indian defence forces have been progressively opening multiple avenues for female soldiers and officers, including roles as fighter pilots, warship commanders, and various positions in the Indian Army. This ongoing expansion of opportunities for women in the military highlights the nation’s commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women in all spheres of society​.

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