The nation had a great loss in Feb 2019, when the nation lost four brave sons in the Pulwama operation. Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal was among the four soldiers, Sepoy Hari Singh, 27, Havaldar Sheo Ram, 37, and Sepoy Ajay Kumar, 27 who died in an 18-hour long encounter in Pulwama, Kashmir, on February 20, 2019. The forces successfully eliminated, among other terrorists a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist suspected to be the key conspirator behind the terror attack that led to the killing of around 40 CRPF personnel. The valour of Major Vibhuti was decorated with posthumous Shaurya Chakra.
Standing beside a Tricolour-covered coffin in Dehradun in February 2019, Nitika Kaul kept asking mourners to stay strong rather. Inside it lay her husband Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal.
On Saturday, 25 months later, Nitika Kaul passed out from the Officer’s Training Academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She is now commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Indian Army. Lt Gen Y K Joshi, chief of the Indian Army’s Northern Command, pipped the stars on Lieutenant Nitika Kaul’s uniform. He gave her a heartfelt compliment, “I’m really proud of you.”
The PRO, Udhampur, HQ of Northern Command tweeted to congratulate Nitika Kaul.
Two years ago she had told her martyred 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.”
Following his death, Nitika Kaul swore to follow her husband’s path and joined OTA, Chennai. After 11 months of training, she is now commissioned into the Ordnance Corps of the Indian Army, posted under 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 said.
Remembering her husband, she said, “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.”
We salute Lt Nitika Kaul and Major Vibhuti for their service to the nation.