By Arré Bench Oct. 22, 2020
India bid farewell to one of its heroines yesterday. Wing Commander Dr Vijayalakshmi Ramanan, who was the country’s first woman IAF officer, passed away due to health complications in Bangalore. She was 96. Dr Ramanan also helped design the iconic sari uniform that women IAF officers wear.
India bid farewell to one of its heroines yesterday. Wing Commander (Retd) Dr Vijayalakshmi Ramanan, who was the country’s first woman IAF officer, passed away due to health complications in Bangalore. She was 96. Her ashes were immersed in the Cauvery River. In an interview to ThePrint, her son-in-law S V L Narayan, said, “She passed away peacefully Sunday night. She was very active till the very end. Days before she died, she had even given a handwritten note to her doctor.”
The first woman officer of the @IAF_MCC, Wing Commander Dr. Vijayalakshmi Ramanan passed away yesterday. She was 96. Was commissioned in 1955, retired in 1979. Blue skies, ma’am, and thank you for your service! 🙏🏽🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/Rpx2iMICsR
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) October 19, 2020
Before joining the defence forces, Ramanan completed her MBBS from the Madras Medical College in 1943. She went on to do her MD in obstetrics and gynaecology, before being commissioned into the Army Medical Corps in 1955, and was later inducted into the IAF as part of the Short Service Commission.
Dr Vijayalakshmi Ramanan served in the IAF for 24 years. https://t.co/GmsPYPqzKG
— SheThePeople (@SheThePeople) October 21, 2020
According to ThePrint report, in a 2018 interview Ramanan had admitted, “Initially, I was scared to work with men, but I was brave and thought to myself, I could face anything.” For many years, she was among a handful of women officers in the army and navy.
Wing Commander (Retd) Dr Vijayalakshmi Ramanan, the first woman commissioned officer of the Indian Air Force, has died at the age of 96.https://t.co/vBfVPlIM4n
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) October 21, 2020
According to reports, Ramanan also designed the sari uniform that women officers wear.
Pioneering first woman IAF officer passes away in Bengaluru
Vijayalakshmi Ramanan originally joined the Indian Army in 1955 on what only meant to be a short-service commission
— Indian Muslimahs (@IndianMuslimahs) October 21, 2020
In the wars of 1962, 1965 and 1971, Ramanan also tended to wounded soldiers, and was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 1977. She finally retired as a wing commander in 1979.
Just few minutes ago, Vijayalakshmi Ramanan, first woman commissioned officer of Air Force, passed away.
Karina Kapoor and her gang gave tribute to American judge Ruth Ginsburg.
They will not dedicate a second to give tributes to Ramanan. Because it is not cool & fashionable.
— Harshil Mehta હર્ષિલ મહેતા (@MehHarshil) October 21, 2020
1st Woman Officer @IAF_MCC passed away aged 96 on
— WingCoMats (@AbhishekMatiman) October 20, 2020
A trailblazer who led the path for others bids adieu.#LestWeForgetIndia🇮🇳 #AirWarrior Wg Cdr Dr Vijaylakshmi Ramanan, #VSM (Retd), 1st woman offr @IAF_MCC passed away aged 96 on 18 October 2020
The #IndianBrave served the Nation from 1955 to 1979.
Blue skies forever Ma'am🏵️ pic.twitter.com/b4t435zvbn
— LestWeForgetIndia🇮🇳 (@LestWeForgetIN) October 20, 2020
Ramanan was an inspiration to many young women.
Vijayalakshmi Ramanan, first woman IAF officer & a doctor always ‘prepared for an emergency’, passes away at 96.
— Srishti Kaul (@mysticsrishti) October 21, 2020
Vijayalakshmi Ramanan, a retired Wing Commander, who was also the first woman officer of IAF (Indian Air Force), breathed her last on 18 October. She served for 24 years in the Indian Air Force, retiring on 28 February 1979. I pay my heartiest condolences to her family. @IAF_MCC pic.twitter.com/jP2GahXVR1
— Manisha Gulati (@ladyonrise) October 22, 2020
A pioneer in her field, she will be remembered for breaking a significant glass ceiling.
Had the privilege of knowing Wing Commander Dr. Vijayalakshmi Ramanan and interacting with her on her life in the IAF, during my visits to Bangalore. Her contribution to the equalisation of opportunities will always be remembered. RIP Wing Commander Ramanan! Will sorely miss you https://t.co/rAmdsBi2Kh
— A. Surya Prakash (@mediasurya) October 21, 2020