As her courage and hardwork took her to the skies, Roveinai Poumai, the first lady pilot from her community, brought pride and honour to the Naga tribe. Poumai is currently employed by Jet Airways. She hails from Poumai-Naga tribe in Manipur. Poumai took her flying course from Basiar Aviation College, Cessnock in New South Wales, Australia. Born in Sena- pati district in Manipur, she is also the first from the Poumai community to have a pilot license, according to The North East Today. She broke all stereotypes in the male-dominated Naga society.
Knowing about her in the social media, people heaped praise on Poumai. Shahid Choudhary, an IAS officer tweeted: “Roveinai Poumai, first #Naga woman pilot of commercial airline, India . Fly high n inspire.” Kuldeep Bhan, said, “We are all proud of you sister..????..Roveinai Poumai, first #Naga woman pilot of commercial airline in #India Congratulations! @KirenRijiju.” Another user, Linda Newmai congratulated her saying, ” Congratulations! We are all proud of you sis…Roveinai Poumai, first #Naga woman pilot of commercial airline in #India”.
Earlier, this year Nagaland was under strife since the government called for civic bodies’ elections in December 2016 as 33 per cent reservation of seats for women was announced. The unrest also resulted in loss of lives. The traditional tribal bodies considered Article 234(T) – providing 33 per cent reservation for women – as an infringement upon Naga tradition and customs as protected under Article 371(A) of the Constitution. Women groups under the banner of Nagaland Mothers’ Association (NMA) and Joint Action Committee for Women’s Reservation (JACWR) on their part have approached the Supreme Court, as per Indian express.