Darbhanga girl creates history: First women fighter pilot from Bihar


By Gaurav Anand

A little girl once dreamed to fly like a free bird just the way most kids do. But to her this wasn’t just a mere fancy. This dream was etched clearly in her mind and never faded away though she grew up. And yes, she has made this dream come true today recalling the old proverb ‘what the mind can conceive is what it can achieve’. Not only she has broken the stereotypes but also created history. She is none other than Bhawna Kanth of Darbhanga.

Bhawna Kanth along with her female counterparts Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh were commissioned as India’s first three women fighter pilots on Saturday. The trio after successfully completing their training at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal on the outskirts of Hyderabad were formally commissioned into the Indian Air Force (IAF) by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Bhawna belongs to Baur village in Darbhanga district but was born and brought up in the refinery township of Begusarai. Her father is an engineer in IOCL and her mother is a homemaker. She did her schooling from Barauni Refinery DAV Public School and completed  B.Tech from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore. She wanted to join the National Defense Academy (NDA) but couldn’t as it is only for boys. Finally she got selected in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and after completing her stage I training, she opted for the fighter stream. She loves painting, swimming, cooking and travelling.

“It was my dream to fly like a free bird since my childhood which inspired me to join the IAF. It is my aim to become a good fighter pilot and fight for the nation and make my parents proud,” said an elated Kanth.

Father Tej Narayan Kanth is very proud of her daughter and says “ What better a gift can you get on Father’s Day.”