Two Years After Major Kaustubh Rane Accepted Martyrdom by Infiltrators, His Wife Completes Training in Chennai and Set To Join Indian Army
Two years after her husband Major Kaustubh Rane martyred in Kashmir’s Gurez sector in Bandipora district, Kanika Kaustubh Rane paid him a fitting tribute. On Saturday, she was commissioned into the Indian Army after completion of her training at Chennai.
Rane, whose family lived in Mira Road, had accepted the martyrdom in August 2018 with three other Indian soldiers. Significantly, the soldiers had laid down their lives in an attempt to foil an infiltration bid near the LoC.
Major Kaustubh Rane from 36 Rashtriya Rifles had completed six years of service in the Army. He had survived by his parents, his wife Kanika and their young son Agastya.
What She Says
In a video shared by the Defence PRO on Saturday, Lieutenant Kanika Rane said, “I would not say it was an easy choice…But I knew that had our places been switched, he would have also done the same for me. I am here to fulfill his objectives and the dreams he has left behind by being in his place.”
At an investiture ceremony held earlier this year in Udhampur, Kanika had collected a gallantry award on behalf of her husband.
“This became an inspiration and motivation for me to don the uniform and join the Army. He was my inspiration. Nevertheless, I wanted to move ahead with that inspiration and follow his footsteps,” she had said.
Speaking on the training, Kanika Rane said that it requires more mental strength than physical endurance. “If you have mental strength and stamina, you can overcome anything. I had never even run 100 metres before coming here, and now I am running 40 km” she said.
Kanika, who earlier worked as a project manager in an MNC, cleared the Service Selection Board (SSB) exam last year. In October 2019, she went to the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai for her 49-week course.
Tribute to Shaheed Rane
Prakash Rane, Kanika’s father-in-law told mibhatimes.com that her training was scheduled to complete in September first week. “However, due to on-going pandemic and lockdown, it’s delayed by two and a half months. We are happy that my daughter-in-law will complete her husband’s dream,” said Prakash Rane.
In a tribute, Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has renamed Jogger’s Park in Mira Road as Major Kaustubh Rane Park. A memorial also built outside the Mira Road Railway Station and named it as Major Kaustubh Rane Chowk.