Hardwork, resilience essential to succeed in life: Lt Vijaya

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 12th June: Lieutenant Shougrakpam Vijaya Devi, who was part of the all-women Indian Navy team that recently completed historic voyage around the world said: “There is no difference between man and woman and all women can do what a man can do if they work harder”.
Speaking at a reception-cum-felicitation programme organised jointly by 9 Sector Assam Rifles of HQ IGAR (South) and Little Flower School, Sangaiprou, Imphal West district in her honour on Tuesday, Lt Vijaya called upon students of Manipur to work hard and take a firm stand for realisation of his/her goals.
The programme was organised at the Sangaiprou school to highlight the feat of Lt Vijaya Devi, a key member of INSV Tarini vessel which successfully completed ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ the historic voyage around the world.
The function was attended by Commandant of Keithelmanbi Bn AR Col Inderjeet Singh, officiating CO of 5th Jammu & Kashmir Major Ankur Suhag and Little Flower School headmistress Kaini Martha as presidium members.
While stating that students of Manipur are not weak when compared with their peers in other states, she said Manipuris have lots of potential to excel in any field.
Lt Vijaya, however, pointed out that success of the young students will depend on their hard-work and resilience as well as making the right career choice.
She further observed that even if there is inequality between man and woman in the society, there is should be no inhibition that a woman cannot do what a man can. Women could also reserve a place for themselves if they take a firm stand and work towards the right direction.
The gritty Indian Navy woman further said that she completed her graduation from DM College of Arts and Masters’ Degree from Delhi University.
While informing that she joined the Indian Navy while when she was still pursuing BEd, Lt Vijaya said that she had no idea that a student of arts stream can join the Navy.
She said completing the Global Circumnavigation Voyage, which started on September 10, 2017 last and ended on May 21 this, was a great experience.
Lots of challenges were faced during the nine-month voyage, she recalled, while adding that overcoming all those challenges and successfully completing the voyage provided a great sense of relief and pride.
Recounting about her phobia of water, how she overcame the fear to get selected for one of its kind expedition and completed the inspiring journey to display Nari Shakti, Lt Vijaya also shared her experience in services and motivated the girls to join Armed Force and serve their Nation.
Lt Vijaya was also felicitated by Commandant of Keithelmanbi Bn AR Col Inderjeet Singh on the occasion. She was given a warm welcome amid applause and excitement among the students. Students and faculty members of AR Public School, Keithelmanbi also attended the event, a release of PRO IGAR (South) informed.
The students received her with a welcome song and it was followed by an introduction by the School Principal. Lt Vijaya also inspired the students with a motivational speech and interacted with them.
Students were also shown video clips about her inspiring 254-day long journey in which she circumnavigated the globe and various other memorable moments experienced by her and the INSV crew members.


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