We Salute The Spirit of Female Officers

These women are taking control of their lives.

 

The Officer’s Training Academy in Chennai organises a passing-out parade for each batch. It is a matter of great pride for the family of the officers to see them being honoured. It was one such occasion for Lieutenants Swati Mahadik and Nidhi Dubey, widows of soldiers who died while on duty.

 

Though the upper age limit for joining the academy is 25, the norm is relaxed for army widows.

 

Swati lost her husband, Colonel Santosh Mahadik, during an anti-terror operation in Kashmir in 2015. Colonel Mahadik  was awarded the country’s third-highest peacetime gallantry award for exceptional bravery that saved the lives of several men under his charge. Nidhi’s husband, Naik Mukesh Kumar Dubey, died in service in 2008.

 

“It’s a mixed feeling. I wish I could go back to my old life with Santosh around. But that’s not possible. So I tell myself donning the uniform is the easiest way for me to be close to him,” Swati told a newspaper.

 

The first thing she did after the passing out parade was to take her children, Kartikee (12) and Swaraj (7), out for a meal,” she added.

 

“Look at Nidhi, she’s an officer now. For us, nothing can be more inspiring,” Neelesh Mishra, Nidhi’s brother told the newspaper.

 

That is definitely some inspiration, don’t you agree?

 

This article was originally published in Hindustan Times.

 

Source of banner image: hindustantimes.com

 

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