Bhopal: A 24-year-old Anchal Gangwal, a tea vendor’s daughter, has proved ‘no obstacles cannot stop a person from realising dreams, if one has the determination, who recently joined the Indian Air Force as Flying Officer, in the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh.

It was not an easy journey for Anchal, who commissioned into the Indian Air Force (IAF) a few days ago, as her father did not have money to pay for her education fees.

Suresh Gangwal, who works as a tea seller at a bus stand in Neemuch for the past 25 years said, ‘Anchal’s commissioning was a proud moment for our family, but we could not make it to see her due to the coronavirus-induced restrictions.’  

During the 2013 Kedarnath tragedy, my daughter dreamt of joining the Indian Air Force after seeing the bravery of IAF personnel in helping people, he added.

It was not easy for Anchal and my family to make her realise this dream, but she was determined, Suresh further said.

Suresh Gangwal, who has studied till Class 10, said that one can understand my financial condition. At times, I faced problems in depositing her school or college fee. I had to borrow money from others on many occasions to deposit the fee. Also, I had to pretend to be out of town sometimes to delay in fees deposition of my daughter.  

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated Anchal Gangwal for making the state proud and extended best wishes to her.

Madhya Pradesh CM Chouhan tweeted “Anchal, daughter of Suresh Gangwal, who runs a tea shop in Neemuch, will now fly the fighter plane in the Air Force. Daughter Anchal, who made Madhya Pradesh proud, will now fly in the heights of the infinite sky to protect the pride and honour of the country. Congratulations, blessings and best wishes to the daughter.