A year after Major Kaustubh Rane was martyred in an encounter on the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir’s Gurez sector of Bandipora district, his wife Kanika Rane has now decided to join the Indian Armed Forces.
On August 7, 2018, Kaustubh led a team of army men which laid a siege in Gurez area of North Kashmir during the night but terrorists, who had positioned themselves along the LoC, opened fire. While the ‘Kohinoor’ of the Army’s 36 Rashtriya Rifles unit of which Kaustubh was a part of, succeeded in foiling the infiltration bid and gunned down two of the eight infiltrators. He along with three other army men were martyred in the operation.
In a way of extending his legacy, his 29 years old wife, Kanika recently cleared the Service Selection Board exam with merit and is all set to embark on her 49-week-long training journey at the National Defence Academy (NDA) in October.
“Kaustubh used to say that if life pushes you down, you always have the harness to pull yourself back,” Kanika told a news agency . Rane is survived by his wife and a three-month-old son, Agastya Rane.
Mumbai-based Kanika worked as a project manager at a corporate firm until a few months ago. She now wants to make choices that will inspire other women in the country.
An independent woman who does not fear to tread on a path most would dread, Kanika is setting an example for Indian citizens and even more so for Indian women. The exemplary courage shown by Kanika and the family members of Army men in India is a testament to the sheer resolve which makes the Indian Army one of the best in the world.