Major Kaustubh Rane passed almost a year ago. He was one of the four men from the Army who died fighting during an encounter in North Kashmir on the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of Bandipora district. Now, his wife, Kanika Rane is gearing up to join the Indian Army and continue the service to the country which her husband wanted to do.
Kaustubh Lost Life While Foiling Infiltration Attempt by Militants
At that time, firing broke at the LoC because an armed group of militants tried to infiltrate the territory of India. The soldiers responded promptly foiling the attempt to infiltrate. Unfortunately, in the attempt, the Indian Army lost four of its boys during the gunfire. One of them was Kaustubh Rane who was fondly called the “Kohinoor” of the 36 Rashtriya Rifles unit.
The 29-year-old brave soldier is survived by his wife and son of three years. Now, his wife, Kanika is gearing up to take the legacy of her husband further and is on the verge of joining the Indian Army. She has already cleared the Service Selection Board with merit. Kanika will join her service after completing 49-week training at the National Defense Academy (NDA).
While discussing how her late husband continues to inspire her, Kanika says, “Kaustubh used to say that if life pushes you down, you always have the harness to pull yourself back.” Before joining the Indian Army she worked as a project manager in the corporate sector. Now she aspires to translate her conviction into an inspiration for other women to follow suit.
Kanika On The Path To Become ‘Veer Nari’
Kanika says that the wife of a martyr is called a ‘veer nari’ because of the courage she has to show while dealing with the tragedy after the death of her husband. By picking up a more courageous path, Kanika is setting an example for all the other wives of the Indian martyrs and embracing a new way to serve the country.