Kiran Bedi: A Powerful Indian Woman!
An icon for millions today, Kiran Bedi is perhaps one of the most prominent female personalities in India. She is admired for being the voice of the poor & oppressed and fighting injustice. Kiran has always been eulogized for her firm decisions. Let us now take you through the journey of her life and shed light on how she chose to become India's First Female IPS officer.
Kiran Bedi was born on 9th June 1949 in Punjab. She did her schooling from Sacred Heart Convent School in Amritsar and joined the National Cadet Corps. Kiran loved tennis, a passion she inherited from her father, who is a talented tennis player himself. After her schooling, Kiran completed her graduation in B.A English honors and later earned her Master's degree in Political Science from the Punjab University, Chandigarh. She also pursued her Law Degree, LLB from Delhi University. Then, Kiran went on to pursue her Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi (Department of Social Sciences).
In 1970, she kick started her career as a lecturer at the Khalsa College for Women, Amritsar. Then in 1972, Kiran Bedi joined the Indian Police Service. In the next few years, Kiran served as Deputy Inspector General of Police in Mizoram, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor in Chandigarh, Traffic Commissioner of New Delhi, Inspector General in Tihar Jail, and Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau.
While she was serving as Inspector General of Tihar Jail, Kiran brought in various reforms for the prisoners, including redressal, meditation, and yoga. In 1988, she started an organization called 'Navajyoti,' and in 1994, she founded yet another organization for improving the lives of drug addicts and underprivileged called 'India Vision Foundation.'
Kiran Bedi, known for her work for the society, has received several awards. She received the Presidents' Gallantry Award in 1979, Asia Region Award for Drug Prevention and Control in 1991, Women of the Year 1979, Father Machismo Humanitarian Award 1995, Magsaysay Award for Government Service 1994, Lion of the Year 1995, Mahila Shiromani Award 1995, Pride of India 1999, Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice 2005 and Joseph Beuys Award 1997.
Kiran Bedi's courage and achievements are a great inspiration to the young generation of India. Her inspirational speeches have been inspiring women to raise their voices against injustice and work hard for a better and good life. She is an icon for women who are or want to be in the police force!
We are proud to have Dr. Kiran Bedi!