Captain Ruchi Sharma, who quit in 2003, leapt off an aircraft some 10 years ago to become the first operational woman paratrooper. “Paratroopers have an aura of their own. I always dreamed of breaking into this league of extraordinary gentlemen,” she said.
Ruchi Sharma, one of the 350 women who have literally changed the face of the Indian Army, is the daughter of an army officer who passed out from the same Officers’ Training Academy in Chennai that his daughter did. With her maroon beret at a rakish angle, she proudly notes that she is a “professional paratrooper” not a recreational one.