NEW DELHI: Twenty-two months after Colonel Santosh Mahadik died fighting terrorists in J&K's Kupwara forests near the Line of Control on November 17, 2015, his widow Swati Mahadik on Saturday became an Army officer after 11 months of gruelling training at Chennai-based Officers Training Academy (OTA).
Like her husband, Swati is also a true example of grit and courage. The mother of two children, daughter Kartikee (12) and son Swaraj (6), Swati drew inspiration from her husband's olive green uniform. "Colonel Mahadik had been proud of his olive green uniform. Since November 2015, his uniform hung desolately in our house. That was when I vowed that I had to bring the uniform alive," she told TOI.
Swati has become the Army officer a day after the force, under new defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, gave finishing touches to a plan to induct 800 women in the military police. "If I become a Colonel like my husband one day, it would be great. But my immediate focus is to learn new things under the guidance of my superiors."