Just a little over two years in the past, Nitika Kaul blew a painful farewell kiss at her ‘simple and sweet’ love story. Standing in addition to a Tricolour-covered coffin in Dehradun one February day in 2020, she saved asking mourners to remain robust slightly. Inside it lay her husband Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal. Today, 25 months later, Lt Gen Y Okay Joshi, chief of the Indian Army’s Northern Command, pipped the celebrities on Lieutenant Nikita Kaul’s uniform as she handed out of the Officer’s Training Academy, Chennai.
Lt Kaul was among the many 31 Short Service Commission girl cadets who obtained handed out at this time from the establishment.
The brass band performed Cliff Richards’s Congratulations and Celebrations at haloed Parmeshwaran Drill Square as she stood rock like, answering some queries from Lt Gen Joshi and receiving his heartfelt praise: “…I’m really proud of you.”
#MajVibhutiShankarDhoundiyal, made the Supreme Sacrifice at #Pulwama in 2019, was awarded SC (P). Today his spouse @Nitikakaul dons #IndianArmy uniform; paying him a befitting tribute. A proud second for her as Lt Gen Y Okay Joshi, #ArmyCdrNC himself pips the Stars on her shoulders! pic.twitter.com/ovoRDyybTs
— PRO Udhampur, Ministry of Defence (@proudhampur) May 29, 2021
His phrases echoed her personal from two years in the past when she informed her lifeless husband, “I am really proud. We all love you. The way you love everyone is entirely different because you sacrificed your life for the people who you may have never met, but still you decided to give your life for them. You are such a brave man. I am very honoured to have you as my husband. I’ll love you till my last breath. I owe my life to you.”
Major Dhoundiyal was one among the many 4 troopers – Sepoy Hari Singh, 27, Havaldar Sheo Ram, 37, and Sepoy Ajay Kumar, 27, who died in an 18-hour gunbattle in Pulwama, Kashmir on February 20. That operation had led to the elimination of, amongst others, a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist, the suspected key conspirator within the terror assault in the identical district every week earlier that led to the killing of round 40 CRPF personnel.
The Major was supposed to go to residence in April that 12 months for the couple’s first marriage ceremony anniversary.
Following his demise, Ms Kaul, then an worker with a personal agency, swore to comply with her husband’s path and joined OTA, Chennai. Eleven months of coaching later, she is now commissioned into the Ordnance Corp of the Indian Army, posted underneath the Southwestern Command.
“My journey has just started…I’d like to thank everyone who kept faith in me. My mother in law, my mother, and others who have been part of this journey,” Lt Kaul mentioned.
Remember her late husband, she mentioned, “It’s like a parallel world. The day I stepped in, I felt that I am taking the same journey that he took. He is somewhere around here. Looking at me, holding me and saying, ‘you just did it’. I just love you Vibhu, I’ll always love you.”