Captain Tania Shergill, an officer with Army's Corps of Signals, is all set to become the first woman parade adjutant, taking charge of the Republic Day parade. In this role, she will be responsible for the whole parade and its participants.
She also became the first woman to lead an all-men contingent on Army Day on January 15. This year, it was based on ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’.
Tania, who is an electronics and communications graduate from the University of Nagpur, was commissioned in March 2017 from the Officer Training Academy, Chennai.
Business magnate Anand Mahindra said that a video of Tania commanding male officers gave him ‘goosebumps’.
Now this gives me goosebumps. So incredibly inspirational. Tanya Shergill is what I’d call a true celebrity. THIS video should be trending...not just the Tik Tok variety... https://t.co/YkimZKpxLR— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 16, 2020
He tweeted, "Now this gives me goosebumps. So incredibly inspirational. Tanya Shergill is what I'd call a true celebrity. This video should be trending... not just the Tik Tok variety.”
Dubbed as a glass ceiling shattering moment, the officer’s mother said, “Most of the times, it is men who become army officers. After 72 years, there is a woman parade adjutant, it is a matter of great pride."
Growing up in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, Tania comes from a family of faujis (army officers) and believes that she is carrying forward the family tradition of serving the country. Her father and grandfather had served in the artillery regiment and armoured corps respectively.
And her great grandfather was in the infantry, and was part of the Burma campaign during the Second World War.
On the 71st Republic Day, the chief guest is Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Contingents of the Corps of Signals, the Grenadiers, Sikh Light Infantry, Kumaon Regiment, and the Parachute Regiment will be displayed.
Last year, Captain Bhavna Kasturi from the Army Service Corps (ASC) made headlines as the first woman officer to lead an all- men contingent at the Republic Day Parade.