Kanitkars becomes the first 3-star couple in the Indian forces

NEW DELHI: Thank you, sir! it was Dr. Madhuri Kanitkar's crunchy response to her, from a three-star general to another, after she placed the epaulets of a lieutenant general on her shoulders.

The Kanitkars became the first couple in the country to achieve the high rank of three-star officers in the military when Lt. assumed the new deputy head of integrated defense personnel (doctor) here on Saturday. Her husband, Lieutenant General Rajeev Kanitkar, an officer of the armored corps, retired as the general mayor of the army in 2017.

“We have spent only 12 of our 36 years of marriage together due to the tough and challenging life in the military. But it was worth it. My husband was very supportive and never allowed me to give up, ”Kanitkar, a pediatric nephrologist, told TOI.

The rise of the duo in their careers was probably predicted since their academy days. While Rajeev was awarded the President's gold medal for his excellence at leaving at, Madhuri won the same for being the best MBBS student in Pune.

Kanitkar is the third woman to reach the rank of three stars in the military after Air Marshal (retd) and Vice Admiral surgeon Punita Arora (retd).

The official medical women have been receiving a permanent commission in the armed forces from the beginning, unlike those of other wings, who will receive it now after the recent and firm directive of the Supreme Court to end gender inequality in the army.

Kanitkar, who was commissioned in December 1982 and then completed his MD before training in pediatric nephrology at AIIMS, awaits the challenge of being the new DCIDS (doctor). His appointment comes shortly after becoming the first chief of defense personnel in the country.

“With the creation of the CDS publication, integration between the three services is a key area of ​​results. Although medical services have always been triservices, greater integration can be achieved. In addition, we also have to better balance tertiary medical care at peace stations and combat medical care in field areas, ”he said.

Kanitkar, who has won several awards and is a member of the prime minister's scientific and technological innovation advisory committee, has the necessary experience. Before assuming his new position on Saturday, he was addressing medical services in the Army at J&K and Ladakh.