Meet Major RJ Randhawa Who Became The First Woman Officer To Join The Indian Army After Her Husband Was Martyred

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Major RJ Randhawa fought all odds to join the Army

Written By Prashasti Shetty | Mumbai | Updated On:

A 27 year-old woman, who was grieving her husband Kirti Chakra awardee Major Sukhwinder Jat Singh Randhawa's supreme sacrifice for the nation, made the decision to don the uniform in mere 8 months. In 1998, when her daughter Simran was 2, Major RJ Randhawa was clearing SSB and preparing to join the Armed forces. And Major Randhawa will soon be completing 2 decades of service in the Armed Forces.

Her husband used to say, "I want to raise my child in an army background for it's a beautiful organisation."

And his inspiring words gave her the courage to join the Army even when age was not on her side. On discussing this with her father-in-law, she was further encouraged to go ahead with her decision and then with the help of Ranjana Malik (wife of then Army chief) she achieved her goal.

While talking to Republic TV Major RJ Randhawa mentioned how the Army helped her in her journey. "It's not an easy journey and Army helped us a lot."

Adding, "The day I wore the uniform for the first time, I thought I am fulfilling my husband's dream." 

Appreciating Major Randhawa's decision to join the Army, R. Advisor, Major Gaurav Arya said, "OTA never stops and completing the training with a child at the back of your mind, hats off to you!"

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As a 27 year-old and the widow of a martyr she said, "Life was blank" when she got married, she was a civilian and had very little knowledge about the Forces, but with the support of the Army she kept going and achieved her goal.

Having seen her mother serve the nation and also knowing her journey Major Randhawa's daughter Simran Randhwa said, "My mom always taught me you can do anything in life no matter what the circumstances are. It's one thing to say it, another do it and get to see it first hand."

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Today is also a big day for women in the Army as PM Modi announced that "women officers commissioned in short service will get an opportunity for permanent commission."

 

Watch Republic TV's special Independence Day broadcast celebrating the unsung heroes of India.

 

 

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