Captain Tania Shergill made history by becoming the first woman to command an all-men contingent on 72nd Army Day Parade. And Twitter fell in love with her confidence.
Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra shared a video of Shergill leading an all-men contingent during the Army Day Parade. "Now this gives me goosebumps," Mahindra wrote on Twitter.
Anand Mahindra also added, "So incredibly inspirational. Tania Shergill is what I’d call a true celebrity. THIS video should be trending...not just the Tik Tok variety."
Twenty-six-year-old Tania Shergill is the fourth generation in her family to serve the Army. Hoshiarpur-born Shergill holds in electronics and telecommunications from Nagpur University.
"It was a feeling of great pride, a sense of accomplishment and worthiness, and pure blessing," an ecstatic Gill told PTI.
Shergill fondly shares that her great-grandfather had taken part in World War I. "He (great-grandfather) was part of the Sikh Regiment. My maternal grandfather also belonged to the same regiment, while my paternal grandfather belonged to the 14th Armoured Regiment (Scinde Horse) and my father served in the artillery regiment. Army life runs in the family," a proud Gill said.
The Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to mark Lt Gen K M Cariappa taking over as commander-in-chief of the Indian Army in 1949 from General Francis Butcher, the last British commander-in-chief of India.
Last year, Bhavana Kasturi, then a lieutenant, had for the first time led an all-male Army Service Corps (ASC) contingent during the Republic Day parade.
With agency inputs