Anjali Singh becomes India’s first woman defence attache

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Mumbai: India has her first woman defence attache in Air Force Wing Commander Anjali Singh. She has been sent to Moscow as the Deputy Air Attache.

As part of her duties, she will represent India in military-related matters in Russia, but can be posted in any Indian mission abroad. An aeronautical engineer, Singh has served with fighter squadrons during her 17-year military career, and is the first female military diplomat of the country.

As per a recent tweet of the Air Force officials, Singh took charge on September 10, 2019.

Until now, this was a male bastion, since only male officers were appointed as military attachés. Last year, the then defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, advocated for military women to gain global exposure as well.

“Indian women have made their mark overseas since the time Chonira Belliappa Muthamma became first Indian woman diplomat decades ago. She made her mark and so shall Wing Commander Anjali Singh. It’s a march forward…to Russia, with love,” said Wing Commander Anupama Joshi, one of the first women to join the air force in 1993.

The army and the navy will also appoint women officers as defence attaches in the near future depending on the candidates meeting the requirement.

“Wing Commander Anjali Singh joined @IndEmbMoscow on 10th Sep as the Deputy Air Attache. She enjoys the distinction of being the first female Indian Armed Forces Officer to be posted as a military diplomat in any of the Indian missions abroad,” the Indian embassy in Moscow tweeted.

Singh hails from Bihar. She is married and has an eight-year-old son. Before moving to Moscow, she was posted in Jodhpur.

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