Samskriti…

Yes Madam Sir!!

Posted on: June 27, 2009

Dr. Kiran Bedi is the first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1972 batch. Her 35 years of service had bought in fear into the criminals and discipline to the police force. She was born on 9th june,1949  in Amritsar, Punjab. She served as the Police Advisor in the United Nations peacekeeping department. Now, she has been appointed as the Director General of India’s Bureau of Police Research and Development. For her noteworthy performance, she was awarded with the UN medal. She received the honorary degree of Doctor of Law in the year 2005.

Her educational qualifications

She did her schooling from the Sacred Heart Convent School, Amritsar, where she joined the National Cadet Corps (NCC). She also took up tennis, a passion which flowed throgh her blood, who’s  father himself was a talented tennis player.she obtained her B.A. in English (Hons.) (1964-68) from the Government College for Women, Amritsar.She went on to earn a Master’s degree (1968-70) in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh, topping the University.She later obtained a Law degree (LLB) in 1988 from Delhi University, Delhi. In 1993,she even did her Ph.D. from Social Sciences from the Department of Social Sciences, the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, where the topic of her thesis was ‘Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence’. She had virtually geared up for the IPS examinations!

Awards

She has added many feathers to her cap. Some of them are:

  • President’s Gallantry Award (1979)
  • Women of the Year Award (1980)
  • Asia Region Award for Drug Prevention and Control (1991
  • Magsaysay Award (1994) for Government Service
  • Mahila Shiromani Award (1995)
  • Father Machismo Humanitarian Award (1995)
  • Lion of the Year (1995)
  • Joseph Beuys Award (1997)
  • Pride of India (1999)
  • Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice (2005)

Initiatives

She has also started two NGOs, Navajyoti (which literally means New Enlightenment), set up in 1987, and India Vision Foundation, set up in 1994,  the two major voluntary organizations established by her with the objectives of improving the condition of the drug addicts and the poor people. They reach to about 10,000 beneficiary daily. Her efforts have won national and international recognition, and her organizations was awarded the Serge Soitiroff Memorial Award for drug abuse prevention by the United Nations.

She has also started a website www.saferindia.com, where a complaint can be logged regarding any crime if the police at the concerned area denies to accept complaint. The NGO behind this site mails registers a complaint to the DGP of concerned area.This mail can also be used as the legal document in case of filing a case in the court of judgement.

There are three books on her,

  • ‘I Dare!’ biography of kiran Bedi by Parmesh Dangwal.
  • Kiran Bedi — The Kindly Baton, by Dr Meenakshi Saksena,
  • “Government@net” by Sandeep Srivastava and Parminder Jeet Singh

She has also written a biography, ‘I dare, its always possible’, which was released in 1998.

Such is her greatness that a non fiction movie Yes Madam Sir had been created by the Australian film maker, Megan Doneman. This movie got an unanimous vote from the Santa Barbara International festival.

She is definitely one of the greatest IPS officers India has ever produced. She has bought in several reforms into the policing, such as changing the way how jails and prisons work. She has bought in yoga and meditation. She had bought in vocational training and a suprisingly unprecedented panchayat system into the prison! We need women IPS officers into the fold because not only are they as brave as the male counterparts, but also are creative in their own sense. 🙂

Jai Hind!

Check out her website, www.kiranbedi.com

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