Jaipur (SunstarTV Bureau): By creating a new chapter in the history of woman empowerment, Rajasthani born girl Swati Rathore, who is serving as a Lieutenant in Indian Air Force Flight, becoming the first woman to lead the flypast on Republic Day parade at Delhi’s Rajpath.
Her proud father, Dr Bhavani Singh Rathore, who is a Deputy Director in the state’s Agriculture Department said, “My daughter has let me hold my head high. I am overwhelmed as the dream which she saw has turned into reality.”
Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, in a tweet, said: “It is a matter of pride for all of us that the daughter of Veerbhoomi #Rajasthan and Flight Lieutenant of Air Force #SwatiRathore will lead the ‘Fly Past’ in the parade on Rajpath on the occasion of Republic Day. I wish her a bright future!”
Former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said: “My best wishes to Flight Lieutenant Swati Rathore, of the Indian Air Force, who will be the first woman to lead the flypast in the Republic Day parade this year. By this achievement, she has not only enhanced the pride of the state but has also set a unique example of women empowerment.”
Notably, in 2013, Swati appeared in the Air Force Common Admission Test. After clearing it, she was called for an interview by the Air Force Selection Board, Dehradun, in March 2014.
According to Swati, there were around 200 female students from all over the country, out of which 98 were selected for screening. Only five students were left after the screening, in which only she was selected for the flying branch.