The road to success are challenging undoubtedly are challenging but the victory made it worthy of one. Nahida Manzoor made our state proud by becoming first Kashmiri Woman to successfully summit the World’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
She is a 23 year old residing in the Zeewan area on the outskirts.
Her father Manzoor Ahmad Pampori is a mutton seller and mother is a housewife. She has two more sisters. She was always passionate about mountains, since her childhood. Nahida along with her group had left from Everest Base camp for the summit and she made the successful summit of the peak.
Nahida completed her mountaineering courses from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering which includes the Basic Mountaineering Course and the Advance Mountaineering Course. She also did a Special Mountaineering Course and a Method of Instructions course from the institute.
She collaborated with Transcend Adventures company for her maiden attempt to scale Mount Everest made the news about Nahida’s successful summit public.
“The Fourth summit of the day is Nahida Manzoor along with her Sherpa Guide Nima Kancha. Nahida hails from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The 26-year old lady has been passionate about the snow peaks and took to the mountains at a very young age,” Transcend Adventures posted on their official Facebook page.
She started crowdfunding for her summit and she got massive response from the sponsors, once this news was carried by TCI Max group and Greater Kashmir. TAs the news went viral Deputy Commissioner Srinagar also sponsored part of her expenses to promote sports persons from Jammu and Kashmir.
To support her many people came forward including former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir. She tweeted “Kashmiris too have dreams & aspirations like everyone else. Somewhere between stereotyping & demonising them, human stories are lost. All of twenty three, Nahida Manzoor is the first Kashmiri woman to scale Mt Everest. More power to her & the youth of J&K.”
National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah who is National Conference leader and former chief minister also congratulated Nahida and two other Jammu and Kashmir police officers for summiting Everest.
“It’s a proud moment for our state and its people. I congratulate the trio who have successfully scaled the world’s highest peak. Moreover, the team also comprised of a girl. I congratulate her, and I believe that her achievement has the ability to transform a generation, as will do her male counterparts. They truly are an inspiration for others,” Omar said in a statement.
We hope just like Nahida Manzoor, youth of Kashmir will keep conquering their dreams and never ever give up on their goal. Till then we’ll keep bringing you inspirational stories like this.
The State of Jammu and Kashmir is a land of immense talent. Every now and then, there is some or the other person who is setting an example not just for our Valley but also for the entire country. One such person is an IPS officer Dr Ruveda Salam. She is the first woman IPS officer from Kashmir. She cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams not just once but twice!
She is from Kupwara district of the Kashmir Valley. She comes from a place where most women of her age get married and start a family but this woman stood strong and pursued her dreams. When she was growing up, her father wanted her to become an IPS. So, it was him who motivated her and that’s what made her more determined about her goals.
Before this, she got into medical college. She completed her MBBS from Government Medical College in Srinagar. Instead of doing a post graduation in medicine, she chose to prepare for the UPSC. She cleared UPSC in the very first attempt in 2013 and got selected for Indian Police Service cadre.
Now she has been working in Chennai as an ACP. “Being a young ACP is a challenging role. It carries a lot of responsibility. I am in a state where people respect the police. When girls see me in uniform they look at me with admiration!” she says.
Ruveda used to give motivational speeches to the youth, particularly girls. She encourages the young girls in Jammu and Kashmir not to get confined around the walls. She had conducted a workshop for girls in Hyderabad as well. The girls who attended the workshop were totally inspired from her.
Other than that, in her free time, she even writes poems. She likes Robert Frost and William Wordsworth. She jogs to be fit. She also likes to explore new places and speak to locals to know more about their culture.
Development will lead to peace in Jammu and Kashmir. “Peace and development go together. We should look to the future. Living outside has helped me understand the situation better,” said Ruveda.
In 2018, the President of India facilitated 112 women achievers who have achieved a first in any field on 20th Jan 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Known as ‘First Ladies’, these women have been identified by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of Government of India. Dr. Ruveda Salam was one of the women who were on the list. She made the entire valley proud on her. She works for our valley in every possible way she can and make ensure that development and peace prevail in the state of J&K.