The occasion of the 71st Republic day turned out to be more spectacular than any other year as the country witnessed Tania Shergill, first woman officer leading all-men contingent at an Army Parade, led the Corps of Signals marching contingent today.
Tania Shergill is the first woman Parade Adjutant in the history of the Army Day function.
Shergill is a fourth-generation Army Officer. The twenty-six-year-old became the first woman Parade Adjutant in the history of the Army Day function.
Her great-grandfather was part of the Sikh Regiment. Even her maternal grandfather also belonged to the same regiment, while her paternal grandfather belonged to an Armoured Division. Her father further served in the artillery regiment.
“Army life runs in the family,” said Gill to PTI (Press Trust of India, Indian News Agency).
Shergill is a graduate of the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. Speaking to PTI, she also spoke about how she always wanted to be a part of the parade. “I had applied while I was in the final year of my engineering course and later got selected. After my training at OTA, I got commissioned into the Corps of Signals in 2017. When the selection was on for the Parade Adjutant, I knew that if I would get selected, I would be the first woman to do that job in the parade’s history,” she said.
Born in Hoshiarpur, Shergill holds a BTech in electronics and telecommunications from Nagpur University. Her great-grandfather had taken part in World War I.
India today also displayed iconic women empowering move, along with flawless celebrations including the parade, Indian Army’s salutations and display of cultural groups and performances by folk groups and students.