Pooja Thakur feels proud to lead Guard of Honour for Obama, says 'Officer first, woman later'

Wing Commander Pooja Thakur, who led the ceremonial Guard of Honour for US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday, said that it's a proud moment for her to be a commanding officer in the ceremony.

Pooja Thakur feels proud to lead Guard of Honour for Obama, says 'Officer first, woman later'
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New Delhi: Wing Commander Pooja Thakur, who led the ceremonial Guard of Honour for US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday, said that it's a proud moment for her to be a commanding officer in the ceremony.

While speaking to ANI, Thakur said that starting from the training days, women officers are treated like male officers.

“Right from training days we are treated just like male officers. So, we are officers first and women later,” she was quoted as saying by ANI.

She further added that it's a proud moment for her that she commanded the Inter-Services Guard of Honour.

On being asked what was her command during the ceremony, she said: “ Antar Sena Samman guard, rashtriya shastra salami salute.”

Thakur walked Obama for the inspection of the tri-service guard of honour. This comes as `nari shakti` (woman power) is the theme for Republic Day parade this year where Obama is the chief guest.

This Jan 26 will also be the first time when women contingents of the army, air force and navy will walk down the Rajpath.

(With Agency inputs)

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