I used to be fortunate to have assist from household and IAF: Gunjan Saxena

Mumbai, August 14

Former IAF officer Gunjan Saxena, whose life story has been made right into a Netflix function movie, says she was fortunate to have the assist of commanding officers and supervisors within the Indian Air Force however each time there’s a main change in an organisation some people take extra time to regulate than others.

Saxena’s response comes after the Indian Air Force (IAF) wrote a letter to the Censor Board objecting to its “undue negative” portrayal within the film “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”, which launched on Netflix on Wednesday.

According to a senior official, the letter mentions “concerns related to the movie’s portrayal of gender bias as an institutional work culture” on the IAF. 

In a press release, Saxena, who turned the primary girl pilot to participate within the 1999 Kargil conflict, mentioned there are completely different form of people who make up the atmosphere in an organisation.

“Whenever you might be in any form of atmosphere, there are completely different varieties of people that make up that atmosphere so when there’s a main change taking place, a few of these people are prepared to simply accept this modification extra readily than the others and a few take extra time to regulate to this modification. 

“What is really of importance here is – even though it took time for some individuals to change, those individuals did change, it did happen and in a very positive and right direction,” she mentioned in a press release.

Saxena known as it a privilege to be the primary to do one thing. 

“I feel I used to be at all times fortunate to have folks round me who supported and rooted for me be it my household or within the IAF, at each the locations I acquired assist to pursue my dream. It’s a privilege to be the primary one to be doing one thing, however together with privilege comes quite a lot of duty. 

“Whenever there is a major change happening in any organisation or in any field for that matter, it is never easy – there are troubles,” she mentioned.

She mentioned she stays grateful to her fellow officers, supervisors, and commanding officers for serving to her each time she discovered herself in a troublesome state of affairs.

Saxena additionally clarified that officers within the IAF by no means differentiated between female and male trainees.

“Even after we began the flying coaching, the primary lesson that was given to us as girl cadets or trainees was that the plane does not know and does not differentiate whether or not the particular person flying it’s a male or a feminine. 

“So the instructors told us that they are not going to differentiate whether it is a lady trainee or a male trainee and they are going to give us the same level of training and will also set the same standards for us and I think that is the reason that when I was performing any of my sorties, I was performing equally well,” she mentioned. 

Saxena mentioned she was happy with the movie made on her life and hopes it would encourage younger ladies to go after their desires fearlessly.

“Over the final three years, an unbelievable group poured their hearts into this movie that dramatises the real-life occasions of my life and but is true in its portrayal of hope, love and willpower. I’m happy with the movie and the find it irresistible has obtained.

“I hope that this story inspires all young Indians, especially young girls, to be fearless and encourages them to dare to dream.” Directed by Sharan Sharma and produced by Dharma Productions, “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl” additionally options Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Vineet Kumar Singh and Manav Vij. PTI

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