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episode shared with us the story of one of the most celebrated entrepreneur
Kalpana Saroj, the 6th episode unveiled the story of the first
female fire-fighter of our country Harshini Kanhekar. It is a must-watch story
by all people, especially girls. Although, lot of changes has happened in our
society in the last few years, still, intolerance to gender diversity is
observed. Girls are meant to be submissive, just taking care of the house, or
supposed to be involved in mundane kind of work. In spite of the fact that the
world is rapidly evolving due to various transformations happening in various
segments, and females having broken all the myths about themselves, handling
the household things as well as boardroom responsibilities very efficiently, we
cannot deny the fact that there are still many households in our country, where
girls are meant not to dream. That is where, Harshini dares not only to dream and
but also to fulfill her dream in spite of all odds.
discrimination against girls, who don’t have the freedom to dream. Harshini was
stopped everywhere but she was so determined that she fulfilled her dream and
became the first female fire-fighter of our country.
graduation, one day, she noticed a group of NCC officers practicing. NCC cadets
in uniform caught her fancy. The very dream of wearing the uniform made her
explore the options for further studies and career.
situations were strange and challenging right from the very beginning. After
clearing the entrance examination, when she appeared for a personal interview,
she was told that no girl so far has become a fire-fighter in Indian History, to
which she responded very boldly that it does not mean that nobody can become.
challenge was there in front of her to convince her parents, who were very
reluctant for her choosing such a career path. They constantly asked her,
whether she would be able to study amongst so many boys. She assured them that
she would be able to study, but parents were not ready to buy-in her thought.
The environment turned out to be grim at home. With her persistent efforts, Harshini
ultimately could convince her family members.
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came true. She dressed up in uniform for her first day of college. She still
vividly remembers what her father told her while dropping at college – “Himmat nahi
what you want, but you have to fight for it. The first step is always the
toughest. One amongst many
challenges was that this programme was a residential programme. And there was
no hostel for girls till then. One must watch the show to understand how
Harshini dealt with this situation, she was not ready to succumb to the
situations. How she handled the co-ordinator at college, who mocked at her. Finally
she was granted permission to be a day-scholar.
were there to discourage her. Being the only girl in a boys’ college, she
became the talk of the college. Most of the students did not like her coming to
the college. She was being told that it is not a beauty parlour, she might not
be able to even sustain for 3 months. But Harshini was not going to be deterred
by any of these. Rather these comments made her more responsible towards her
was psychologically ready for the tough trainings. She could do all the activities as that of her
male counterparts. Being a day-scholar, she used to commute to college by a
cycle (more than 5 Kms). Harshini’s sister got choked when she was narrating how
Harshini used to get exhausted at the end of the day.
from her course mates, which indeed made her journey tough. But Harshini was
not ready to give up. She came out with flying colours in her final practical
same Harshini, who had to face so many comments right from the instructor to
her fellow students, later on earned respect from them. With her determination
and hard-work, she could win over people.
Aditi Bahl (Mother), Vinayak Shawerkar (Father), Pravin Pachpore (Doctor),
Prakhar Singh (Instructor), Tushar (Co-ordinator)
convincing portrayal of various characters, be it Khushboo Atre or her parents
Aditi Bahl and Vinayak Shawerkar. Tushar in the role of a co-ordinator, who
makes fun of Harshini in the beginning and later on wanted to click a
photograph with her during the farewell party was noticeable.
presence, words and style of presentation, he adds lot of value to the stories
of various HRX Heroes.
liye aag se guzarana padta hai, dil me kuch karne ki aag thi, meet India’s
first Female Fire-Fighter Harshini Kanhekar, who fought against the mindset
that fire-fighting profession is meant for males only, and succeeded in
becoming the very first female fighter. The roads she travelled were never
smooth, but with her sheer determination, conviction, courage and hard-work,
she could break all the barriers. Here is the story of Harshini Kanhekar, who
was so fascinated by uniform that it got her landed in a job which was
primarily dominated by male gender. She proved to the world that women are no
less than men, neither in psychological nor physical strengths. Watch the repeat
telecast of 6th episode of HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan only on
Discovery Channel on 22nd November, 2015 – 8PM and join me in saluting
this real life hero Harshini Kanhekar.
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