Sanjukta Parashar: The first and only Assamese lady IPS officer to be posted in Assam. Sanjukta Parashar secured 85th position (All India ranking) in the Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission, she responded to the call of the uniform and opted to join the Police Service, when most other women chose to join IAS. Sanjukta joined IPS as a 2006 batch IPS officer. When asked about the issue of gender and the limited success of people from the North-East in clearing the UPSC Examinations, Sanjukta Parashar displayed her resolute and simple philosophy, “GENDER IS IN THE MIND. THERE IS NEVER ANY CONSTRAINT ANYWHERE. SO LONG AS THE MIND AND BODY ARE IN SYNC AND YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR HEART IS, THE CONCEPT OF GENDER DOES NOT EXIST. WE ARE ALL OFFICERS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO DO A JOB. IF THE JOB IS TOUGH, THEN JUST TRAIN YOURSELF TO GET TOUGHER,” DISCLOSED SANJUKTA PARASHAR WHILE SHE URGED THE STUDENTS FROM NORTH-EAST TO KEEP WORKING HARD AND COMPETE WITH THE MAINSTREAM, AS THE COMPETITION THEY FACED WAS INTENSE”.
Lalfakzuali: Why talk about the ones that many know or have already heard of right? How about a woman entrepreneur who have fought against all odds and have carved her own niche? Meet Lalfakzuali, a woman who was determined to build a future for herself and her son. It was a decision she’d made long before her husband had spitefully uttered, “Ka ma che!” Words that, under Mizoram’s customary law, meant she had been divorced. Everything she had worked for and earned was no longer hers. She was lucky to get away with her son. She had turned, then, to her father, who had opened his door to see her carrying her baby and a bundle of belongings. Back under her father’s roof, Lalfakzuali wove to earn her living. They created intricate shawls and ‘puans’, traditional Mizo skirts, from brightly colored yarn. When their parents passed away, Lalfakzuali and her sisters decided to carry on the weaving business. While Lalfakzuali wove and made plans, her sisters mostly managed the sales and diversified into other businesses. Three years went by. As the demand grew for their shawls and ‘puans’, she knew it was time to share her plans. “We should buy a third loom,” she said one day to her sisters. “We don’t have the money,” they replied. But she bought the looms, nevertheless, and business flourished. Today, Lalfakzuali employs four more women, owns five looms, and runs a thriving business in Aizawl. She will earn enough to see her seven-year-old boy educated.
Anshu Jamsenpa: Anshu Jamsenpa hailing from monpa community of Bomdila area, Arunachal Pradesh has set two world records in mountaineering field. She was among the 13 climbers of the first Northeast India Top of the World Mount Everest Expedition, 2013, which was flagged off by President Pranab Mukherjee from Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 20. The three-time Everest summiteer has to her credit the record of being the only Indian woman mountaineer to climb the world’s highest peak and the first mother in the world to summit the world’s highest peak twice in a span of just 10 days. Anshu believes that there is a huge potential for developing adventure sports in her home state which will give a boost to tourism as well. She conducts training programmes for youth in mountaineering and other adventure activities to generate interest in the field and is keen to open her institute.
Dipa Karmakar: Dipa as we all know is an artistic gymnast who represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is the first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics and the first Indian gymnast to do so in 52 years. She attained 4th position in Women’s Vault Gymnastics event of Rio Olympics 2016 with an overall score of 15.066. She first gained attention when she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the Games. Karmakar is one of the only five women who have successfully landed the Produnova, which is regarded as the most difficult vault currently performed in women’s gymnastics. She also won a bronze medal at the Asian Gymnastics Championships and finished fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, both firsts for her country. On April 2016, Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify on for the Olympics and the first gymnast of either sex from her country to grace the Games since Tokyo 1964. For her commendable performance in Rio Olympics 2016, the Government of India conferred upon her the Khel Ratna award in August 2016.