A Tribute To The Forces Wives Who Are A Special Breed Of People
The bravehearts of India have always made our country proud. The selfless service portrayed towards the nation by putting the country first shows the true grit of an Indian Army officer. The families of the defence personnel are the true heroes because amidst tension and difficulties they do not crumble under pressure. They not only possess true courage, but they hold their forte with patience and positivity.
Here is a tribute to Forces wives who belong to a special breed.
Dr Shobha Varthaman
Wife of Air Marshal S Varthaman and mother of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is a very gutsy woman. She has worked in Liberia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Papua New Guinea, Haiti and Laos, and Dr Shobha has healed the wounded in some of the worst conflict zones around the world. And she raised a brave soul like IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.
Aarti is the wife of Squadron Leader, Siddharth Vashisht who was the pilot of the Mi-17 that crashed in Jammu & Kashmir’s Budgam district on 27 February 2019. She is a squadron leader herself and she paid her last respect to him on his funeral that was held in Chandigarh. Singh stood in her uniform at the cremation site while embracing the Indian flag. With tears in her eyes, she watched the last rites of her husband. Before the funeral ceremony started, she laid a wreath on the 31-year old pilot.
This is Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht who was pilot of the Mi-17 that crashed in Budgam on Wednesday. He was cremated in Chandigarh today. She laid a wreath before the last rites were performed. #IndianAirForce pic.twitter.com/yeP3HzUv1V
— SheThePeople (@SheThePeopleTV) March 1, 2019
Gauri Mahadik is the wife of Major Prasad Mahadik who died while doing his duty at the Indo-China border in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh in December 2017 when a fire caught his shelter. To pay a tribute to her husband the 32-year-old Gauri will join the army. She is training at the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She wishes to join the Indian Army and serve the nation.
Mita Santra is the wife of martyred jawan Babloo Santra who died on 14 February in an attack on Pulwama that killed 40 CPRF jawans. She is an English teacher in Bauria, Howrah and has a view that “dialogue should be given a chance” and war is not the solution to every problem for which she got trolled by social media users.
Sarah Nitin Rawat
Sarah is a mother to a two-and-a-half-year-old and her husband is in the Navy. She asked some simple questions in a video shared with SheThePeople.TV and makes an emotional appeal to the people to understand the aftermath of war.
At a time when the nation is discussing war on all timelines, post the #PulwamaAttack, this soldier's wife makes an appeal against war. In a moving video, she says war turns soldiers into martyrs, wives into widows, their children into orphans. Don't think TRPs, think of lives. pic.twitter.com/gkSRXZMtkH
— SheThePeople (@SheThePeopleTV) February 20, 2019
Vijeta is the wife of 33 year old Squadron Leader Ninad Mandavgane. Her husband was yet another IAF pilot who was killed in the Mi-17 crash in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on 27 February, 2019. Mandavgane was cremated at Nasik on Friday. Vijeta has also urged for peace between India and Pakistan.
Sonakshi Goel is an intern with SheThePeople.TV