Kanika Rane, widow of Major Kaustubh Rane who attained martyrdom in August last year while fighting with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gurez sector, will join Officer’s Training Academy (OTA), Chennai in October this year. Kanika Rane cleared her Services Selection Board (SSB) interview in widows’ category in her first attempt. Lt Sangeeta Mall, Widow of Gorkha Rifles Jawan Joins Indian Army.
Kanika who who lives with her three-year-old son Agastya in Colaba will undergo 49-week rigorous training at the academy. Kanika’s in-laws hailed her decision to follow their son’s footsteps by joining the OTA. After completing the training she will be commissioned into the Indian Army as a lieutenant.
Major Rane was among the soldiers who were martyred on August 7, 2018, while fighting with terrorists in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The officer belonged to Mira Road area of Thane district, adjoining Mumbai. As a tribute to the martyred army officer, the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) in January this year laid the foundation stone for a memorial for Major Kaustubh outside Mira Road railway station.
Earlier this month, Garima Abrol, widow of Squadron Leader Samir Abrol one of the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots who died in a plane crash on February 1, this year in Bengaluru, cleared Services Selection Board (SSB) from AFSB Varanasi in the widow category. Garima will join the Air Force Academy (AFA) in Telangana’s Dundigal in January 2020.
In April this year, Gauri Mahadik, the widow of Major Prasad Mahadik of the Indian Army joined to Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. The 32-year-old Gauri prepared hard and cleared her Services Selection Board (interview) in the second attempt. She topped the merit list of the SSB in the widow category in her second attempt.
Gauri Mahadik, the widow of Major Prasad Mahadik of the Indian Army is all set to Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai in April this year. The 32-year-old Gauri prepared hard and cleared her Services Selection Board (interview) in the second attempt. She topped the merit list of the SSB in the widow category in her second attempt. Gauri will be commissioned into the Army as Lieutenant in March next year after completing the 11-month training at the OTA. Col Govardhan Gopal Gudur – A Passionate Officer, True Gentleman And Inspiration For Young Officers.
While speaking to news Agency ANI, she recollected the memories of the days she spent with Major Mahadik. She said that Major Mahadik always wanted to see her happy and smiling. She added that she would serve the country with the same dedication the way Major Mahadik did. Gauri further added that after Major Mahadik’s demise that time she decided that she would not cry and one day she would definitely wear the uniform and stars of her husband. Colonel Ranveer Jamwal Scales Mount Vinson in Antarctica to Become First Army Officer to Climb Seven Highest Peaks Across All Continents.
Interview of Gauri Mahadik:
Major Mahadik lost his life in a fire on December 30, 2017, in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, colose to China border. The army officer hailed from Virar in Mumbai. He joined the OTA in Chennai (SSC-93 Batch) and was commissioned on 17 March 2012, into 7 Bihar Regiment. Both got married on February 15, 2015. He is survived by his wife Gauri, father Ganesh and mother Sharda.
Similarly, Last year in September, Neeru Sambyal, an army man’s widow was also commissioned as Lieutenant in the Army after completing 11 months training from the OTA. Lt. Neeru is a widow of Rifleman Ravinder Sambyal of 2 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles unit. Sambyal died of an injury in 2015. She has a four-year-old daughter, Sanidhaya. After getting commissioned Lt. Neeru joined her regiment in Assam.