Hyderabad

Not the ones to be defeated

Kamini Saraf, Chairperson of FLO, Kalpana Saroj, owner of Kamini Tubes, Kanika Tekriwal, owner of JetsetGo, and Chhavi Rajawat, panchayat sarpanch, at an event in the city on Tuesday.

Kamini Saraf, Chairperson of FLO, Kalpana Saroj, owner of Kamini Tubes, Kanika Tekriwal, owner of JetsetGo, and Chhavi Rajawat, panchayat sarpanch, at an event in the city on Tuesday.  

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Women achievers share their journey at an event organised by FICCI Ladies’ Organisation

Kanika Tekriwal fought cancer and beat it a few years ago, but it’s her contribution to the field of aviation that made her popular. Ms. Tekriwal owns JetsetGo, a market place for chartered jets in India.

Sharing her journey along with two other women achievers – Chhavi Rajawat, the first MBA-holding village panchayat sarpanch and Kalpana Saroj, a Dalit woman who escaped domestic abuse to head a company Kamini Tubes –, Ms. Tekriwal asked women to work hard despite adversities. They spoke at a media conference organised by FICCI Ladies’ Organisation in the city on Tuesday.

Ms. Rajawat, the sarpanch of Soda village in Rajasthan, said she left her corporate job as she felt serving the society would not just help her, but other women who live without basic amenities. She is currently working on improving water availability and infrastructure in her locality. “When I became the sarpanch, I could connect with women and other aggrieved sections with ease. We need a development agenda which is inclusive as well as effective,” Ms. Rajawat said.

Ms. Tekriwal, whose JetsetGo manages 16 aircraft ranging from Falcons to Hawkers and Challengers that have seven to 18 seats, said she manages the largest such fleet in the country. The company operates four to 20 aircrafts each day. This niche market accounts for $450 million. At the helm of the company, Ms. Tekriwal made it a cloud-based scheduling and management venture. She said it was a trying journey, but a monumental one.

Ms. Saroj, who was married off as a minor, said the decision to leave an abusive marriage was the best one she ever made.

Explaining a series of harrowing experiences, she said she was ostracised by her villagers after she broke off her marriage when she was just 15 years old. After returning to Mumbai when she was 16, she became an entrepreneur who later steered the Kamini Tubes to a profit-making firm.

Speaking at the event, Kamini Saraf, Chairperson of FLO, said each of their journeys have inspired millions of women to be agents of change.

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