The upcoming Republic Day celebration will witness a groundbreaking event as an all-women contingent from the Armed Forces Medical Services embarks on a historic march down the esteemed Kartavya Path on January 26, 2024. Stepping into leadership with determination and valor is Major Srishti Khullar, charting a course of inspiration and breaking barriers with every dignified step of the contingent
In a recent interview, Khullar revealed that she is a qualified paratrooper and eye surgeon. While speaking about her new experience of leading a contingent and marching on Republic Day, Khullar said, "Being an eye surgeon, I have been used to holding a surgical knife in the operation theatre. Now, holding a sword at Kartavya Path has been a very challenging but very rewarding experience. I am very happy and very grateful."
Met paratrooper & eye surgeon Major Srishti Khullar today. She will lead the all-women Armed Forces Medical Services marching contingent at the Republic Day parade. "From holding the surgical knife to carrying a sword at the parade, the new role is quite challenging & rewarding." pic.twitter.com/1gT5MTQIxZ— Rahul Singh (@rahulsinghx) January 23, 2024
All-women contingent led by IPS officer Shweta K. Sugathan
The Delhi Police is also all set to create history by showcasing an all-women contingent walking down the Kartavya Path in the Republic Day Parade. This will be the first time such a contingent will participate in the parade.
The all-women contingent comprises women police officers from the city force, primarily hailing from Northeast India. The contingent will be led by IPS officer Shweta K. Sugathan and will consist of 194 female constables and head constables.
Tri-services contingent led by Capt Sharanya Rao
Moreover, for the first time, the tri-services contingent too will be led by women officers who will be marching down the Kartavya Path on Republic Day 2024. Speaking about the same, Captain Sharanya Rao of the Indian Army said, "I am the supernumerary officer and will be leading the Army component of the tri-services contingent. It is a proud moment because, for the first time in history, a tri-services contingent would be marching... Since the theme this year is 'Nari Shakti', many women-led contingents are taking part, be it band, tri-service contingent, or MNS contingent, which is participating for the first time."
The couple is walking down Kartavya Path together for the first time
Apart from Khullar, a couple is also making headlines for marching down the Kartavya Path together. For the first time in history, a couple is going to march down the Kartavya Path together as a part of different regiments on January 26, 2024. The couple, Major Jerry Blaize and Captain Supreetha CT, tied the knot in June 2023 and are currently residing in New Delhi.