In a historic moment, Captain Tanya Shergill – who is serving in Indian Army’s Corps of Signals – became the first woman to lead an all-male marching contingents at the 72nd Army Day parade on 15 January, 2019.
Captain Tanya is a fourth-generation Army officer, whose father, grandfather and great grandfather, all served in the Indian Army for Artillery, Armoured Corps and the Sikh Regiment, respectively.
Shattering the glass ceiling and breaking all stereotypes Capt Tanya Shergill becomes the first woman to command the all men contingent on the 72nd #ArmyDay Parade.With loads of confidence, poise & her head held high she makes India proud. Video @DD_Bharati #ArmyDay2020 @adgpi pic.twitter.com/4CX5cIO2SM— Supriya Sahu IAS (@supriyasahuias) January 15, 2020
The Parade Adjutant comes from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur and on being asked about the inclusion of women in the Army and her appointment as the Adjutant, she told India Today:
These things are never discriminated on the basis of one’s sex. A fauji is a fauji, whether they are Hindu or a Muslim, Punjabi or Marathi, male or female. So whatever duty you get, it is irrespective of your gender. You work hard, and achieve it.
The video of her leading the contingents is being shared on Twitter, with people lauding the young captain.
Captain Tanya Shergill to be the first female officer commanding parade on #ArmyDay today.— Akanksha Verma (@Akanksh44854693) January 15, 2020
A fourth generation soldier, Captain Tanya represents a historic moment for country showcasing the valor of our Army and women leading from the front.#Army_Day #ArmyDay2020 pic.twitter.com/DHc2yHDXeA
Great Grandfather : Sikh Regiment— Capt Brijesh Chowta | ಕ್ಯಾಪ್ಟನ್ ಬ್ರಿಜೇಶ್ ಚೌಟ (@CaptBrijesh) January 15, 2020
Grandfather : Armoured Corps
Father : Artillery
Capt Tanya Shergill : Signals
Now this is the kind of Dynast this country needs and will forever take pride in. What an inheritance this be!
More power to you Captain Tanya.#ArmyDay pic.twitter.com/cw1GiPRskz
What a sight… Salute to Captain Tanya Shergill. https://t.co/BydOgoIPLa— Manindr Mishra (@Manindr) January 16, 2020
Salute to Capt.Tanya Shergill. https://t.co/jughdReb95— Sandeep Sapre (@SandeepSapre2) January 16, 2020
Kudos to Capt. Tanya Shergill. May you inspire many more women to join the forces and break the glass ceiling. https://t.co/Dv9LfiKuA5— Vidya Sinha (@vidsin) January 16, 2020
4th generation army officer Capt Tanya Shergill. Respect and proud of all the army heroes 👍🏻 https://t.co/GVm2Fu0xeE— Keyur Desai (@desaikeyurs) January 16, 2020
More power to you captain #TanyaShergill, the first woman Parade Adjutant for the #ArmyDay parade! We salute you and the courage, determination and dedication of the entire armed forces 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/M2qCzhuTqx— Ajay yadav 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@Ajay89611) January 15, 2020