Indian women are still one of the biggest sufferers of violence against women in this world. Every second in India, many women are raped, killed or burned alive. In many parts of India, women are treated as second citizens or as usable objects. Last few years have seen some spark in the direction of women upliftment in society, however still we have long way to go. In between all this, there are some women who have achieved some extra ordinary achievements in their life and shown to the world that Indian women have something in them.
One such woman was India’s first woman to reach in space, astronaut Kalpna Chawla (7 March 1962 – 1 February 2003). She basically belonged to Karnal, Haryana. Haryana is the one of orthodox state of India from the point of view of women freedom. Even today, there are lots of restrictions present on women in Haryana. Women in Haryana are still required to cover their complete face in many parts of Haryana, so that other people cannot see her face. Despite facing all these odds, Kalpna roses above to the level where other women of Haryana or India cannot even dare to think. Kalpna completed her degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.
After that Kalpna Chawla moved to University of Texas for getting higher education in aerospace engineering. In NASA, she started her research on simulation of complex airflows encountered around the aircraft in 1988. Just seven years later, she got select by NASA as an astronaut candidate for the 15th Group of Astronauts. In 1997, she completed successfully her first space mission. Kalpna Chawla has shown to the world that Indian women are not behind the women of world and if given right opportunity they can achieve extraordinary success in all fields. Sadly, Kalpna Chawla died in one of her space mission in 2003, but she was able to show the world other face of Indian women.
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