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Sky Is Not the Limit for Roveinai Poumai, the First Woman Pilot From Naga Tribe

Currently employed by Jet Airways, Roveinai had pursued commercial flying training at Basiar Aviation College, Cessnock in New South Wales, Australia.

One woman from the Naga tribe in Manipur has proved that no patriarchal society or stereotypes about people from the North East can be a barrier to attaining one’s dreams.

Born in the village of Purul Rosofil in Sanapati district, Roveinai Poumai has become the first woman pilot from the Poumai community of the Naga tribe.

Currently employed by Jet Airways, she had pursued commercial flying training at Basiar Aviation College, Cessnock in New South Wales, Australia.

Roveinai Poumai. Source: Facebook.

According to The North East Today, she is also the first woman from the community to have obtained a flying licence.

It was only last year when the isolation of women from public affairs and civic governance in Nagaland was brought to national forefront after many women groups approached the Supreme Court.

Though the centre has decreed 33 per cent reservation of seats for women in civic bodies under Article 234(T) in the state, many traditional tribal bodies saw the move as an infringement to their age-old traditions and customs and chose to boycott the ruling.


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It was a case of complete unrest in the state with many violent demonstrations.

Roveinai’s achievement amidst such precarious situation makes it all the more relevant for the women in her community.

We hope more women from the community are able to break hold of archaic traditions and stereotypes and be inspired by Roveinai to dream sky high.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.