Dr. Kiran Bedi- one of the most well known women in India.. She has been an inspiration to a large number of Indian women including me. Now the movie about this icon-Yes Madam, Sir- is also being widely recognized throughout the world. She is great personality who had shown signs of her uniqueness from early years of her life.
She was born on June 9th, 1949 in Amritsar, Punjab and was her father’s favorite among his four daughters. Young Kiran was so unlike other girls. She was bold and strong like a boy. That might be the reason why she was the only girl among 21 participants for a tennis tournament during her college days. She is the only Indian police personal to have won the Magsaysay Award – an achievement in itself. She is the first Indian woman to have joined the Indian Police Service(IPS). She is a wonderful example of an empowered Indian woman. She proved to the world that Indian women are definitely not inferior to the men in any way.
She showed her determination throughout her life, even in the matter of her marriage. She found a suitable life partner in Brij Bedi who had similar interests, ideals and goals. She was strongly against dowry, an expensive wedding and complicated rituals. She had a very idealistic marriage which did not include any of the above mentioned practices. She leads by example.
When I was a young girl my mom mentioned Kiran Bedi to me. Then she was famous as an efficient and successful IPS officer. As I grew up I started reading about this magnetic personality more. After Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam she is the one who inspires me a lot. What attracted me the most is her determination and fearless attitude. She made us all proud when she was selected as Police Advisor in UN peacekeeping department. Recently she appeared on television in the programme ‘Aapki Kacheri – Kiran ke Saath’ aired by Star Plus. I was a regular viewer of the show. It was a unique experience to see her discuss domestic conflicts and issues and pronounce her verdict. It is even more inspiring to know about her commitment to the society. Her campaigns against drug abuse and efforts to improve the lives of drug addicts and underprivileged people are few of her contributions to society.
For her outstanding work, Kiran Bedi has received a number of accolades like:
- President’s Gallantry Award (1979)
- Women of the Year Award (1980)
- Asia Region Award for Drug Prevention and Control (1991)
- Magsaysay Award for Government Service (1994)
- 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)