AIIMS NAGPUR Celebrated “Women’s Day” by Honouring “VEER NAREES”
Every year 8th March is celebrated across the world as “Women’s Day” to highlight role of women in our society and to further the cause of women empowerment. AIIMS Nagpur celebrated the event in an unique manner by inviting the “Veer Narees” and to sensitize the students and staff about tough and harsh life of the army people and their lady wives who brave all odds of life including facing extreme situation of losing their husbands in their prime youth with small children. The cause to honour these very brave ladies “Veer Narees” on this day was taken up by Director AIIMS Nagpur, Maj Gen (Dr) Vibha Dutta with a view to listen to the stories of resolve and courage with which these “Veer Narees” have come out successful and victor in their lives. The program was moderated and conducted by the Director, AIIMS Nagpur.
Mrs Anuradha Deo wife of Late Major SM Deo of first 816 Missile Regiment who was martyred in 1965 war not only faced the odds of destiny and life but also has taken up the cause of the Veer Narees to address their problems on a national level though “War Widows Association”. She has championed their causes for which she has received many awards. She is based at Ramdaspeth,Nagpur. She shared her experiences which were well appreciated by the audience.
Mrs Anjali Gupta, wife of, late Squadron Leader S M Gupta martyred while flying in siachen glacier in 1984 by firing from Pakistan, narrated her account where she highlighted role of education and independence in fighting odds of life. She said that economic independence of women is the key to brave difficult situation in life. She is currently based in Nagpur running St Joseph’s Convent School.
Shrimati Shalini Gaikwad, wife of Late Subedar Bhimrao Gaikwad of Mahar Regiment narrated her account of social, functional and family problems faced by her being not highly educated and in a rural setting of society when she was widowed. Similar story was shared by Shrimati Kalpna Nakhate wife of Late Naik Sunil Kumar who laid down his life on 16th September 2004 while fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. She has also braved the adversity of life by her sheer grit and is making her children educated and independent. She also faced social challenges of a widow and that has made her stronger than ever.
All the “Veer Narees” expressed their pride and honour and vowed to be married to Soldiers in their next life too. Director AIIMS Nagpur presented all the “Veer Narees” with a gift and was followed by tea. The program was well received by the student and staff alike and had an insight into the lives of military life of a soldier and “Veer Narees”.