Time and again women have been breaking the glass ceiling, making their mark, achieving success and proving their mettle in fields not accessible to them before. With women stepping into arenas hitherto ruled totally by men, they have made great strides by blurring, at the workplace, the lines of distinction between the sexes. That India’s flagship carrier Air India gave the responsibility of helming a non- stop inaugural flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru via the North Pole to an all-women cockpit crew speaks a lot not only about women empowerment, but also the faith that the company has in their female pilots by entrusting on them a really tough assignment. By flying non-stop for 17 hours over one of the world’s most challenging terrains, the four Captains’ Zoya Agarwal, Papagari Thanmai, Shivani Manhas and Akansha Sonware created history and will go down in the annals of Indian aviation history as the fearless foursome who flew the first longest commercial flight in the world operated by any Indian carrier. Entrusted with great responsibility, the pilots displayed their technical expertise and capability by successfully crossing 16,000 miles. Kudos!
AUSTRALIAN captain Tim Paine has offered his apologies for his misbehaviour with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin on the final day of the third Test in Sydney. Paine was constantly sledging the Indian batsman with a clear intention of breaking his concentration during the crucial partnership with Hanuma Vihari. The stand had taken the Aussies by surprise and Paine was clearly rattled by the Indian response to save the Test. Tendering apology is one thing and is appreciated but the fact that Paine crossed the line of behaviour in a high-pressure moment again underlines the vulnerability of the Australians to go for the dirty for a victory. The apology does not absolve Paine from the crime. The behaviour does not suit a leader who has seen the dark side of cricket during the sandpapergate scandal in South Africa. But then, expecting decency from an Australian cricketer is like finding diamond in a desert. They are habitual offenders. Mostly they do not own their mistakes but now that the glare has turned harsh due to the mic conversation in public domain, Paine quickly opted to concede. This is no guarantee that he won’t repeat it again.