Gunjan Saxena was born and brought up in a family of soldiers, where both her father and brother were in the Indian Army.
She always wanted to be part of the armed forces. In one Interviewing, talking about her father, she said, “He will always tell me and my older brother that he wanted us to ride from a three-wheeler to an airplane. And when I was a fifth grader a cockpit was shown by a cousin who happened to be Indian Airlines pilot, I decided that I only wanted to fly. “
Gunjan Saxena Bio
|Nick Name||Not known|
|Known As||Kargil Girl|
|Date Of Birth||Year 1975|
|Age||45 years old in 2020|
|Birth Place||Not known|
|Profession||Indian Air Force Officer|
Gunjan Saxena Family
|Father||Anup Saxena (Ex Indian Army Officer)|
|Brother (s)||Anshuman Saxena (An Indian Army Officer)|
|Husband/Boyfriend||Name not known but he is an Indian Air Force pilot|
Gunjan Saxena Education
|College||Hansraj College, Delhi University|
|Hobbies||Readig, Exploring new places|
Gunjan Saxena Favorite Things
|Favorite Food||Basket Chaat, Kulfi Falooda|
|Favorite Actors||Not known|
|Favorite Actress||Not known|
|Favorite Movies||Not known|
|Favorite destination||Not known|
|Awards||Shourya Chakra by Indian Army|
Gunjan Saxena and Srividya Rajan
Gunjan Saxena and Srividya Rajan in an interview with NDTV, she said that as the role of women in the Indian Army has always been subject of discourse; their service, especially in combat areas, is more often than not men have been cut. Due to this discrimination, Gunjan Saxena’s tenure as a chopper pilot ended in July 2004; Seven years after his service.
For his outstanding service in the battle field, she was honored for the Shaurya Chakra Award (Bravery Award) Valor, courageous act or self-sacrifice while not engaged direct action by the enemy) by the army and became the first woman to receive this honor.
Gunjan Saxena Kargil War
o This is a story that has been forgotten in the pomp of India’s first female fighter pilots to join the Indian Air Force earlier this year.
o India’s first female combatant went to Aviator during Kargil War and Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena and Flight Lieutenant Srividya Rajan never flew fighter jets, they flew through an area where Pakistani soldiers fired bullets and missiles at almost any Indian helicopter or aircraft they could see.
o Their small cheetah helicopter was defenseless and completely defenseless against enemy fire. And yet, like many of their male counterparts, the two youngsters trimmed dozens to harm the soldier.
o Gunjan said that in an inteview 17 years ago in Udhampur, “I mean it was a very new thing for the Air Force – to see women pilots flying with them every day working with them.” So they used to watch us to see if we would be able to cope with the situations and stresses that you face. “
o Gunjan said that the missions in which she was injured were her greatest inspirations during the Kargil War. “I think it is the ultimate feeling you can ever have as a helicopter pilot. It was one of our main roles – accidental evacuation. I would say that when you save a life it is a very satisfying feeling because you are what you are for, ”she said.
o Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena worked as a Short Service Commission Officer and today women in the Airforce have plenty of opportunities. Her tenure ended after seven years, but women in the Air Force can now get a permanent commission.
- She is often referred to as the “Kargil Girl”.
- After her tenure Short Service Commission Officer, now, she is a housewife, Married to an Indian Air Force officer, and lives in Jamnagar (Gujrat) with her family.
- Long before the first female fighter pilot was appointed to the Indian Air Force, Flight Lieutenants Gunjan Saxena and Srividya Rajan stepped into the battlefield, becoming the first Indian woman in the war zone.
- Inspired by the story, Bollywood is making a film on Gunjan Saxena’s journey. The film titled “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl,”
Movie: Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor is all set to bring the story of Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena on screen with her latest project Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl. Directed by Sharan Sharma, the film stars Janhvi in the lead role and also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Vineet Kumar, Manav Vij and Ayesha Raza.
Movie will be released on 12-Aug on Netflix.