Is it safe for a woman to travel alone in India? Yes, it absolutely can be — b…

Is it safe for a woman to travel alone in India? Yes, it absolutely can be — but traveling in India requires special preparation and practices, especially if you’re a woman. For this piece, I decided to bring in an expert: Mariellen Ward, a Canadian travel writer and longtime advocate for solo female travel who considers India her “soul culture.” Here's what she had to say.

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General Aviation in India

The term ‘aviation’ may refer to civil aviation or general aviation. ‘Civil aviation’ usually means aviation related to the military, and government and private airline companies. Aircrafts by private owners, private companies, flying clubs, etc. come under general aviation. Indian general aviation is rapidly growing. Companies with their own aircraft have an edge over their competitors as they can save on the time spent travelling from one place to another using airports with heavy traffic. Another advantage is that they can use their aircraft to fly to destinations not served by civil aviation. Helicopters have a higher potential when compared to airlines as they can reach places that other aircraft cannot.

In India helicopters have the potential to be used more efficiently. Currently they operate from airports. India does not have heliports or heli-routes. The lack of infrastructure is a major drawback when it comes to general aviation. There are no Fixed Base Operators (FBO) terminals for general aviation. There are only very few agencies managing ground handling. Lack of proper maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) is also a concern.

There are a number of regulations that make owning a private aircraft difficult. For instance, many government agencies such as Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport authority of India are involved in the procedure to get a private aircraft. The 25% duty increases the cost of owning an aircraft. In metro areas, there are restrictions on when can the aircraft be operated. This often fails the purpose of a privately owned aircraft.

There are not enough qualified professionals to handle the jobs within the general aviation industry. The few flying schools in India are not producing enough pilots to serve the industry. Apart from pilots, there are a number of jobs such as an aviation engineer, air traffic controller, flight engineer and aviation technician that need qualified candidates. The universities are unable to meet the needs of the industry.

A number of companies of international repute are planning to open aviation service centres and warehouses in the major cities in India, such as Mumbai and Delhi. For instance, GE Aviation and Air India are joining to set up a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in India’s commercial capital, Mumbai. Hawker Beechcraft is also setting up a service centre in Mumbai.

Misconceptions, lack of awareness and problems in communication between the government and the public, along with the drawbacks in infrastructure are the major hurdles in the growth of general aviation in India. With some changes in the government policy, and a clear vision and commitment, the general aviation industry in India will be able to reach its full potential.

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Foreign Women in India’s Freedom Struggle

Womanhood of India has stood courageously with the warriors, rebellions, and the national army to share the sacrifices and victories of the India’s freedom struggle. Many women including Indira Gandhi, Sarojini Naidu, Rani Lakshmi Bai, Kamla Nehru, Kasturba Gandhi, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, and Madam Cama have martyred their lives to win India complete freedom.

Besides from these women and may others, there are some of the foreign women who have played an influential role in the freedom struggle. These noble souls came to India in search of spirituality and peace but later on, they started venturing into the social issues of the country. They felt the need to keep the civilization, philosophy, culture, and spirituality of the country alive. With this they all actively participated in the independence movement during which they dedicated their lives to the country.

Some of the foreign women who served the country with their lives are:

Sister Nivedita

She was greatly influenced by the philosophical beliefs of Swami Vivekananda and Hindu religion. She was born on October 28, 1867 in Ireland and in 1898 she visited India to get an answer to her search of truth. She became the disciple of Swami Vivekananda who gave her the name Nivedita, which means someone who is dedicated to God.

Dr. Annie Besant

Annie Besant was an Irish lady who strongly supported India for everything. In the year 1902 when she visited London she criticized England for all the bad conditions prevailing in India. She also brought into effect the Home Rule League and in 1914 joined the Indian National Congress. This great leader was born in 1847 in London in an Irish family. Her father died at a very young age and later on her mother failed to bring her up. So her mother decided to persuade her friend Ellen Marryat to care of Annie. Marryat made her learn all the aspects of life and society.

Meera Ben and Sarla Ben

Meera Ben and Sarla Ben are renowned worldwide as Mahatama Gandhi’s two English daughters who showed undying devotion to the country. To support the campaign of Mahatma Gandhi Meera Ben spread the words through press and also undertook the Khadi tour throughout the country. Sarla Ben visited many villages to help families who are in need and those whose men are imprisoned for a noble cause of earning India freedom.

Source by Jennie Kakkad