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First woman combatant of BSF lists communalism among key challenges for India

In the run-up to its sixth edition of Top 30 under 30, Hindustan Times profiles 30 young achievers who will be felicitated at its flagship event on May 26. They are from fields ranging from the forces, academics and art to entertainment and sports. Among them is Tanusree Pareek

ht youth forum 2017 Updated: May 25, 2017 17:56 IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Tanusree Pareek(HT Photo)

Border boss: Tanusree Pareek, 25, Bikaner

The first BSF woman officer in a combat role, Tanusree Pareek is a feisty young woman who believes hard work coupled with determination and a never-say-die attitude can take you places. She is at present posted on the Punjab frontier. When not giving her “200%” at work, she likes playing the explorer.

Secret sauce: “I follow a no-regret policy. When you look back at life, there shouldn’t be any point where you think ‘I should have done this or that’. Decide what you want to do and work hard to achieve it so that you don’t have any regrets at the end of the day. My father has always maintained, “Either don’t do a thing, or make sure you do it par excellence”.

Tanusree Pareek (HT Photo)

Inspiration: “Desire to establish my own identity; my parents and grandfather who believed I could make a mark.”

Challenges before India: “Naxalism, which is taking a huge toll on precious lives; communalism, which is dividing our society; unemployment, which is driving youngsters to drugs; skewed sex ratio, and the rising crime against women.”

Uplifting feature: “Ample human resources and our demographic dividend, which can be utilised for the development and growth of the country. Our geographic, cultural and linguistic diversity is also a big plus point. No other country is as diverse and united.”

The road ahead: “I will contribute my very best to my organisation and try to ensure that women get their due in society.”

As an agent of change: “Being the first woman officer in BSF, I hope I will be able to combat the skewed mindset that only men can lead in security/combat roles.”

By the way: Tanu loves keeping a daily diary. She also enjoys travelling without any long-drawn plans or reservations. All she needs is her wallet and a rucksack. India, she says, is so vast and beautiful that she doesn’t think she will have to look towards foreign shores.

To know about the other achievers click here

First Published: May 22, 2017 20:03 IST