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Have you ever seen her photograph anywhere? She is
Lieutenant Commander Wahida Prism, doctor in the Indian
Navy. She is one of the few women who has worked on a
naval ship. She is the first woman to lead a parade. This is
considered to be a very big honour in the armed forces.
We specially spoke to Wahida for this book. Let us
read what we spoke.
 – Wahida, tell us something about your
childhood and school.
 – I come from a very small village called
Thannamandi. This is in Rajouri district of Jammu and
Kashmir. I did my schooling from a government school.
Most of the girls from the village studied in my school.
However, few of them ever thought of what they would do
For the teacher: Encourage children to locate Jammu and Kashmir on
the map of India.
2019-20
Page 2


Have you ever seen her photograph anywhere? She is
Lieutenant Commander Wahida Prism, doctor in the Indian
Navy. She is one of the few women who has worked on a
naval ship. She is the first woman to lead a parade. This is
considered to be a very big honour in the armed forces.
We specially spoke to Wahida for this book. Let us
read what we spoke.
 – Wahida, tell us something about your
childhood and school.
 – I come from a very small village called
Thannamandi. This is in Rajouri district of Jammu and
Kashmir. I did my schooling from a government school.
Most of the girls from the village studied in my school.
However, few of them ever thought of what they would do
For the teacher: Encourage children to locate Jammu and Kashmir on
the map of India.
2019-20
Defence Officer: Wahida
205
after finishing school. I always wanted to become someone
special and move forward in life. I was very interested in higher
studies and wanted to complete the tenth class. In my area, it
was a new thing at that time. My mother and father had to face
many problems because of this. We even had to move out of our
village. We then went to live with my grandmother in Rajouri. I
did my twelfth class from there.
 – So you always thought differently right from the
beginning?
 – Even when I was very young I wanted to do something
different. I was very fond of riding a motor-cycle. We are three
sisters. My father wanted one of us to become a doctor and one
a teacher. He wanted the third daughter to become a lawyer or
join the police force. I have become a doctor in the Indian Navy
and my sister is in the Jammu Police Force.
 – How did you become a doctor?
 –  I worked very hard. My friends and family members
helped me a lot. I got admission in Jammu Medical College. I
studied for five years and did my M.B.B.S.
 – How did you get into the Defence Forces? Didn’t
your family stop you?
 – Oh, no! They felt that a job in the Forces would be the
best thing for me. When I was very small, I would see army
officers in our village. I wanted to be like them. This was really
a very big dream for me! While in school, I attended camps,
For the teacher: Children can be informed about all the three forces.
For this, help can be taken from children from the defence background.
2019-20
Page 3


Have you ever seen her photograph anywhere? She is
Lieutenant Commander Wahida Prism, doctor in the Indian
Navy. She is one of the few women who has worked on a
naval ship. She is the first woman to lead a parade. This is
considered to be a very big honour in the armed forces.
We specially spoke to Wahida for this book. Let us
read what we spoke.
 – Wahida, tell us something about your
childhood and school.
 – I come from a very small village called
Thannamandi. This is in Rajouri district of Jammu and
Kashmir. I did my schooling from a government school.
Most of the girls from the village studied in my school.
However, few of them ever thought of what they would do
For the teacher: Encourage children to locate Jammu and Kashmir on
the map of India.
2019-20
Defence Officer: Wahida
205
after finishing school. I always wanted to become someone
special and move forward in life. I was very interested in higher
studies and wanted to complete the tenth class. In my area, it
was a new thing at that time. My mother and father had to face
many problems because of this. We even had to move out of our
village. We then went to live with my grandmother in Rajouri. I
did my twelfth class from there.
 – So you always thought differently right from the
beginning?
 – Even when I was very young I wanted to do something
different. I was very fond of riding a motor-cycle. We are three
sisters. My father wanted one of us to become a doctor and one
a teacher. He wanted the third daughter to become a lawyer or
join the police force. I have become a doctor in the Indian Navy
and my sister is in the Jammu Police Force.
 – How did you become a doctor?
 –  I worked very hard. My friends and family members
helped me a lot. I got admission in Jammu Medical College. I
studied for five years and did my M.B.B.S.
 – How did you get into the Defence Forces? Didn’t
your family stop you?
 – Oh, no! They felt that a job in the Forces would be the
best thing for me. When I was very small, I would see army
officers in our village. I wanted to be like them. This was really
a very big dream for me! While in school, I attended camps,
For the teacher: Children can be informed about all the three forces.
For this, help can be taken from children from the defence background.
2019-20
Looking Around
206
climbed mountains and was a
‘Girl Guide’. After I became a
doctor, I appeared for an interview
to join the Armed Forces. I got
selected there and received a
training for six months.
 – Why did you join the
Indian Navy? Do you not have to
live on the naval ship?
 – Well, I am very fond of travelling. I like to see different
places. I wanted to go to far-off places. I was born in the hills
and now I am working in sea. I really enjoy it.
Very few lady-officers have worked on a ship. I am one of
them. Earlier, women were not allowed to go on Naval ships.
When an opportunity was given, I myself went forward and
gave my name. I even want to go in a submarine. I want to do
everything which people think women cannot do. At present
women are not allowed to go in submarines, but whenever it
is allowed, I will certainly go.
 –  So what happened to your degree of M.B.B.S?
 – I am a doctor, but in Indian Navy a naval doctor does
not just give medicine to patients. She is in fact, a medical
officer. The ship goes to sea for three-four months at a time.
There, it is my responsibility to make sure that everybody on
the ship stays fit and healthy.  I carry out medical check-ups of
all the officers and sailors. I also have to make sure that no
For the teacher: Let this discussion inspire the children to dream about
doing big things, and to work hard towards fulfilling their dreams.
2019-20
Page 4


Have you ever seen her photograph anywhere? She is
Lieutenant Commander Wahida Prism, doctor in the Indian
Navy. She is one of the few women who has worked on a
naval ship. She is the first woman to lead a parade. This is
considered to be a very big honour in the armed forces.
We specially spoke to Wahida for this book. Let us
read what we spoke.
 – Wahida, tell us something about your
childhood and school.
 – I come from a very small village called
Thannamandi. This is in Rajouri district of Jammu and
Kashmir. I did my schooling from a government school.
Most of the girls from the village studied in my school.
However, few of them ever thought of what they would do
For the teacher: Encourage children to locate Jammu and Kashmir on
the map of India.
2019-20
Defence Officer: Wahida
205
after finishing school. I always wanted to become someone
special and move forward in life. I was very interested in higher
studies and wanted to complete the tenth class. In my area, it
was a new thing at that time. My mother and father had to face
many problems because of this. We even had to move out of our
village. We then went to live with my grandmother in Rajouri. I
did my twelfth class from there.
 – So you always thought differently right from the
beginning?
 – Even when I was very young I wanted to do something
different. I was very fond of riding a motor-cycle. We are three
sisters. My father wanted one of us to become a doctor and one
a teacher. He wanted the third daughter to become a lawyer or
join the police force. I have become a doctor in the Indian Navy
and my sister is in the Jammu Police Force.
 – How did you become a doctor?
 –  I worked very hard. My friends and family members
helped me a lot. I got admission in Jammu Medical College. I
studied for five years and did my M.B.B.S.
 – How did you get into the Defence Forces? Didn’t
your family stop you?
 – Oh, no! They felt that a job in the Forces would be the
best thing for me. When I was very small, I would see army
officers in our village. I wanted to be like them. This was really
a very big dream for me! While in school, I attended camps,
For the teacher: Children can be informed about all the three forces.
For this, help can be taken from children from the defence background.
2019-20
Looking Around
206
climbed mountains and was a
‘Girl Guide’. After I became a
doctor, I appeared for an interview
to join the Armed Forces. I got
selected there and received a
training for six months.
 – Why did you join the
Indian Navy? Do you not have to
live on the naval ship?
 – Well, I am very fond of travelling. I like to see different
places. I wanted to go to far-off places. I was born in the hills
and now I am working in sea. I really enjoy it.
Very few lady-officers have worked on a ship. I am one of
them. Earlier, women were not allowed to go on Naval ships.
When an opportunity was given, I myself went forward and
gave my name. I even want to go in a submarine. I want to do
everything which people think women cannot do. At present
women are not allowed to go in submarines, but whenever it
is allowed, I will certainly go.
 –  So what happened to your degree of M.B.B.S?
 – I am a doctor, but in Indian Navy a naval doctor does
not just give medicine to patients. She is in fact, a medical
officer. The ship goes to sea for three-four months at a time.
There, it is my responsibility to make sure that everybody on
the ship stays fit and healthy.  I carry out medical check-ups of
all the officers and sailors. I also have to make sure that no
For the teacher: Let this discussion inspire the children to dream about
doing big things, and to work hard towards fulfilling their dreams.
2019-20
Defence Officer: Wahida
207
garbage collects and there are
no rats on the ship. Rats and
garbage can spread diseases. I
must keep everybody ready for
any medical emergency on the
ship. In case there is an accident
on the ship, such as fire,
everybody must be ready to deal
with it.
 – Is there a hospital on the ship?
 – ‘First aid’ is given on every naval ship. Each ship has
one doctor and two or three assistants. Necessary medicines
and some equipment are also available. All these things are
kept in a small room.
 – You are the first woman to lead a passing out parade.
You must have worked very hard for this.
 – My seniors gave this opportunity to me after seeing my
performance for three years. I felt happy that they had chosen
me and showed faith in me. So I practiced very sincerely.
 – Tell us something about that parade.
 – In a parade, four platoons march behind the leader.
Thirty-six commands have to be given during the entire parade.
These must be given in a very loud voice so that it is heard till
the rear. The voice should also reach the spectators sitting on
the other side of the ground.
For the teacher: Other occupations may also be discussed while
teaching this lesson.
2019-20
Page 5


Have you ever seen her photograph anywhere? She is
Lieutenant Commander Wahida Prism, doctor in the Indian
Navy. She is one of the few women who has worked on a
naval ship. She is the first woman to lead a parade. This is
considered to be a very big honour in the armed forces.
We specially spoke to Wahida for this book. Let us
read what we spoke.
 – Wahida, tell us something about your
childhood and school.
 – I come from a very small village called
Thannamandi. This is in Rajouri district of Jammu and
Kashmir. I did my schooling from a government school.
Most of the girls from the village studied in my school.
However, few of them ever thought of what they would do
For the teacher: Encourage children to locate Jammu and Kashmir on
the map of India.
2019-20
Defence Officer: Wahida
205
after finishing school. I always wanted to become someone
special and move forward in life. I was very interested in higher
studies and wanted to complete the tenth class. In my area, it
was a new thing at that time. My mother and father had to face
many problems because of this. We even had to move out of our
village. We then went to live with my grandmother in Rajouri. I
did my twelfth class from there.
 – So you always thought differently right from the
beginning?
 – Even when I was very young I wanted to do something
different. I was very fond of riding a motor-cycle. We are three
sisters. My father wanted one of us to become a doctor and one
a teacher. He wanted the third daughter to become a lawyer or
join the police force. I have become a doctor in the Indian Navy
and my sister is in the Jammu Police Force.
 – How did you become a doctor?
 –  I worked very hard. My friends and family members
helped me a lot. I got admission in Jammu Medical College. I
studied for five years and did my M.B.B.S.
 – How did you get into the Defence Forces? Didn’t
your family stop you?
 – Oh, no! They felt that a job in the Forces would be the
best thing for me. When I was very small, I would see army
officers in our village. I wanted to be like them. This was really
a very big dream for me! While in school, I attended camps,
For the teacher: Children can be informed about all the three forces.
For this, help can be taken from children from the defence background.
2019-20
Looking Around
206
climbed mountains and was a
‘Girl Guide’. After I became a
doctor, I appeared for an interview
to join the Armed Forces. I got
selected there and received a
training for six months.
 – Why did you join the
Indian Navy? Do you not have to
live on the naval ship?
 – Well, I am very fond of travelling. I like to see different
places. I wanted to go to far-off places. I was born in the hills
and now I am working in sea. I really enjoy it.
Very few lady-officers have worked on a ship. I am one of
them. Earlier, women were not allowed to go on Naval ships.
When an opportunity was given, I myself went forward and
gave my name. I even want to go in a submarine. I want to do
everything which people think women cannot do. At present
women are not allowed to go in submarines, but whenever it
is allowed, I will certainly go.
 –  So what happened to your degree of M.B.B.S?
 – I am a doctor, but in Indian Navy a naval doctor does
not just give medicine to patients. She is in fact, a medical
officer. The ship goes to sea for three-four months at a time.
There, it is my responsibility to make sure that everybody on
the ship stays fit and healthy.  I carry out medical check-ups of
all the officers and sailors. I also have to make sure that no
For the teacher: Let this discussion inspire the children to dream about
doing big things, and to work hard towards fulfilling their dreams.
2019-20
Defence Officer: Wahida
207
garbage collects and there are
no rats on the ship. Rats and
garbage can spread diseases. I
must keep everybody ready for
any medical emergency on the
ship. In case there is an accident
on the ship, such as fire,
everybody must be ready to deal
with it.
 – Is there a hospital on the ship?
 – ‘First aid’ is given on every naval ship. Each ship has
one doctor and two or three assistants. Necessary medicines
and some equipment are also available. All these things are
kept in a small room.
 – You are the first woman to lead a passing out parade.
You must have worked very hard for this.
 – My seniors gave this opportunity to me after seeing my
performance for three years. I felt happy that they had chosen
me and showed faith in me. So I practiced very sincerely.
 – Tell us something about that parade.
 – In a parade, four platoons march behind the leader.
Thirty-six commands have to be given during the entire parade.
These must be given in a very loud voice so that it is heard till
the rear. The voice should also reach the spectators sitting on
the other side of the ground.
For the teacher: Other occupations may also be discussed while
teaching this lesson.
2019-20
Looking Around
208
 – Didn’t you feel
nervous leading four platoons?
 – I was not nervous, but
one has to shout thirty-six
commands. If you forget even
one, the entire parade can get
spoiled. I practised every
morning and evening for a
month. But, I have been
participating in parades since school.
 – What is the meaning of the word ‘Prism’ in your
name?
 – My father gave this name to me. A prism is a kind of
glass which reflects seven colours. My father wanted me to be
like a prism and that is why he started calling me by this name
from my childhood itself.
Ö Ö Ö Ö Ö Do you know anyone who is in defence services? Is the person
in the Navy, Army or Air Force?
Ö Ö Ö Ö Ö What work do they do in the force?
Ö Ö Ö Ö Ö Would you like to join the defence services?
Ö Ö Ö Ö Ö Which of the three would you like to join – the Army, the
Navy or the Air Force?
For the teacher: Lay emphasis on the fact that women are now joining
the defence forces and police in great numbers. Show children a prism
in the class.
2019-20
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