Indian Women Scaling Mt. Everest
Present day women believe in leaving their footprints on the moon and the highest peak of the world alike. Thus is the story of the women who made the entire nation proud in the month of June 2005 and added a new chapter in history by conquering the world’s highest peak-Mt. Everest. This team of the Indian Army’s women mountaineers comprised of Captain Ashwini Pawar, Captain shipra Mazumdar, Cadet Tshering Ladol and trainee Dechin Lhamo. This team was also assisted by a support team which was formed by Major S S Shekhawat, Subedar Surjeet Singh, Naib Subedar Jagat Singh, Havildar Topgey Bhutia and Commando Kaman Singh. Their irresolute courage and resilience finally bore fruits on the 2nd of June as they made the entire nation sit up and take notice of this remarkable achievement.
During this expedition the team encountered numerous obstacles. Due to high altitudes the mountaineers experienced extreme weather conditions under which human survival proved to be a great challenge. The steep gradient of the slopes lead to the paucity of camping space as a result of which the platform for pitching tents had to be made by arranging several rocks and stones. The tents had to be tied properly in order to prevent them from being blown away. Climbers often lost their balance on the rocks but were saved due to sheer luck and also as a result of the ropes that were fastened to them. Even after facing such adverse conditions none of the members of the women mountaineering team were willing to bite the dust. They believed that such dangerous maneuvers formed a part and parcel of such an expedition. Their undaunted courage and determination helped them achieve this feat.
The herculean task of this women mountaineering team was acknowledged and appreciated by people all around the world. These women have become the paradigm of inspiration for women all around India. The spirit and determination with which these women achieved this feat has helped to imbibe a sense of enthusiasm and team work among the youth of the nation.
It is high time that people in India stop treating women as inferiors and label them just as home-makers. Women are capable of satisfying all roles with equal diligence. By educating and providing proper training and guidance to women we actually secure the future of our country. The Indian Army’s women mountaineering team has proved to the entire nation that through their enthusiasm, courage and determination they have achieved the impossible and have silenced the critics who had scoffed their dreams and aspirations as wayward thoughts.