“INDIVIDUAL brilliance is not as important as collective competence for success,” says 58-year-old Major General Madhuri Kanitkar, dean of the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, who will be the third woman in the country and the first paediatrician from the armed forces who has been selected for the rank of Lieutenant General.
Lt Gen Punita Arora was the first woman in the country to don the second highest rank of Lieutenant General in the armed forces. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay is the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force and the second woman in the armed forces to be promoted to a three-star rank.
Three star officers hold the rank of Vice Admiral, Lieutenant General and in the Air Force, which has a separate rank structure, Air Marshal.
“They have been amazing torch-bearers,” Kanitkar told The Indian Express. “We face a selection board conducted by the Director-General of Armed Forces Medical Services and the three chiefs of armed forces. It is also approved by the Ministry of Defence and the cabinet committee. I have been empanelled but the rank will be assumed only when a vacancy comes up at year-end”.
Kanitkar and her husband Rajiv, also a lieutenant general, will be the first couple in the armed forces to reach this rank. Kanitkar has served in the Indian military for 36 years.
A topper at AFMC and winner of the presidential gold medal for the best outgoing student, Kanitkar completed her…