“At the end of your struggles, challenges, and obstacles comes the mental strength to cross many boundaries in the future.” No matter how tough the degree of challenges life throws at you, if you have willpower and determination, you will be able to overcome it.
A shining example of this is the inspirational story of Kanika Rane. Just two years after Major Kaustubh Rane (29) was killed in Kashmir, his wife, Kanika Kaustubh Rane, completed her training at the Indian Army’s Officers Training Academy in Chennai, and will now be joining the Indian Army.
Rane, whose family lived on Mira Road, was killed in action in August 2018 with three other Indian soldiers — rifleman Hameer Singh (28), rifleman Mandeep Singh (26), both from Uttarakhand, and Vikramjeet Singh (25) from Haryana. They died in an attempt to stop in infiltration by terrorists threatening the security of the country, near the Line of Control near Gurez Sector in Bandipora district, about 125 km from Srinagar.
As Major Kaustubh Rane laid down his life defending the country, his dreams remained unfinished, the task which his hero wife took upon soon. In a video shared by the Defence PRO Mumbai 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.”
Major Kaustubh Rane, who was earlier in Garhwal Rifles, was moved to 36 Rashtriya Rifles, and had completed six years of service in Army. He is survived by his parents, his wife Kanika and their young son Agastya. At an investiture ceremony held earlier this year in Udhampur, Kanika had collected a gallantry award on behalf of her husband.
Training, Kanika Rane said, required more mental strength than physical endurance. It’s all about the mental barrier which one needs to overcome and having the belief that everything is possible and no goal is too much. “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 to The Indian Express.
The story of Kanika Rane is one that will inspire thousands of young women who lost their loved ones at the battlefield and plunged into the depths of despair, find renewed hope and meaning in life. No sacrifice is greater than the one where one dedicates his/her life to the country. How Kanika Rane did it despite losing her husband is a testament to her willpower. India will be safer, with a braveheart like her defending the country.