History has been created in the Indian police force, with Archana Ramasundaram, the Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer becoming the first woman head of the Sashatra Seema Bal that guards the Indo- Tibetan and Indo-Nepal border. She has also become the first woman to head any central police force.

While dedicating her feat to country’s women, she said: “If I being a middle-class woman can reach here, it will not be difficult for anyone. Everybody has dreams, they just need an opportunity.”

Ms. Ramasundaram also pointed towards the mindset of women in the eighties, which was apparently against her choice of IPS. But she added this attitude was on the wane. It wasn’t the IPS — but like most civil service aspirants, the IAS — that was her first choice. The IPS came next.

“I was prepared for it… and my father, a judicial officer in Rajasthan, completely supported the decision,” Ramasundaram — who grew up in Jaipur where her father was posted — said.

While talking about the role women can play in critical fields, she opinioned that:  “You had to ask for a field posting when your male colleagues did not. I do not find any difficulty in women taking on important roles in core policing jobs. What matters is basically your capacity to handle a particular task. I don’t think that gender really matters much.”