Every single time an Indian decides to join the army over any other conventional job, he makes every other Indian proud. Whenever a person decides to choose to live in an army tent leaving behind all the luxuries life has to offer, he saves thousands of lives. Such is the power of this uniform, it makes you do extraordinary things with a smile.
Major Kaustubh Rane made the same choice years back. Joining the Indian Army, he tried to live for others and not just himself. An average student, excellent sportsperson and an exceptional human being, he glorifies the word ‘brave’. He always wanted to join the Indian Army. After completing his military training in Pune, he cleared the combined defence service examinations and was commissioned as an officer from Chennai-based Officer’s Training Academy (OTA) and joined the Indian Army as a lieutenant in the same year. He was promoted as a major in the year 2018. He was currently posted in Gurez sector since 2017.
On the morning of August 7, he sacrificed his life along with 3 army personnel in a gunfight with terrorists near the Line of Control (LoC) in Bandipura district in Jammu and Kashmir. He is survived by his wife and a 2 and a half -year-old son. He was recently awarded the Sena Gallantry medal by the president Ram Nath Kovind on the 69 th Republic Day.
He grew up in the lanes of Mira Road, Mumbai. The same place which mourned his loss at the age of 29. As his parents mourn the loss of their only son, they put the responsibility of fighting for their son and getting him justice, on the entire nation. It takes a great deal of courage from parents to send their children to a place from where the chances of their return are bleak. There is something totally different about people who think of fighting for others, who put others before themselves. They have an aura around them that makes you feel safe. They have a heart that’s made of steel, not only it is strong, it beats for others. For someone who has served the nation and even sacrificed his life for it, it is all about do or die. People like him are the reason we live and move so freely. For every amenity they sacrifice, we get to use the same. Every single time a soldier is wrapped in tricolour we are reminded of their sacrifice, of their courage and their will to live for others and even die for them. They deserve all the respect and love for standing up and representing every single Indian on every step.
Let’s just not respect what they do but also try to match and contribute our shares in one form or another.
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