After Wing Commander Anjali Singh became the first woman officer to be appointed as an attaché at the Indian embassy in Moscow, the Indian Navy has appointed another lady officer hailing from Assam as an attaché to an Indian embassy in Russia.
Karabi Gogoi, a naval engineer, currently posted at the Karwar base in coastal Karnataka, has been selected for the post of the assistant naval attaché and will represent the country in military related matters in Russia. Karabi Gogoi has experience in warship construction and maintenance. Officials said that Gogoi is going to take over her new post from December in Moscow, Russia after requisite approvals.
Lt-Commander Karabi Gogoi, who grew up in Guwahati, was commissioned into the Navy in 2010. Her husband, Lt-Commander Pranjal Handique, is also a gunnery officer in the Navy. ‘She was selected over other candidates for the diplomatic assignment after an interview conducted by a board of senior naval officers,’ according to reports by Times of India.
With this path-breaking appointment, Gogoi has opened the doors for her women colleagues in other forces to become attaches, thereby, signifying the growing role of women in the so far, male dominated, armed forces. The Navy is also contemplating picking women for such prestigious assignments and it was learnt the service was in the process of appointing suitable candidates for such appointments in foreign countries.