Kiran Bedi, has been India’s first and highest (woman) ranking officer who joined the Indian Police Service in 1972. Her expertise includes more than 35 years of creative and reformative policing and prison management.
She worked with the United Nations in New York as the Police Advisor to the Secretary General, in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations. She represented India in International forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police and prison reforms and women’s issues.
She holds a Law, Masters, Doctorate degree. She is also a Nehru Fellow (post doctoral) -- Been a National and an Asian Tennis champion. She has addressed audiences at the American, British, European, Indian Universities, Corporate and Civil Society groups.
She is a recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award (also called the Asian Nobel Prize), and several other national and international decorations, Dr. Bedi is an author of many books, has her biography I Dare, anchors radio and television shows and is a columnist with leading newspapers and magazines.
She is the founder of two NGOs, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, which reach out to thousands of under -served children, women and men in the areas of education, vocational skills, environment, counseling, and health care to the urban and rural poor. Currently her NGOs are running four Community Colleges, registered with Indira Gandhi National Open University, to provide vocational and soft skills to Indian youth.
MSN Most Admired Indian Female Icon 2011:
Kiran Bedi wins this well deserved title for her fight against corruption
Kiran Bedi has been voted as India's most admired (THE WEEK 2002) and most trusted woman in India. (Readers Digest, March 2010)
A nonfiction feature film on Dr Bedi’s life entitled Yes, Madam Sir has been produced by an Australian film maker,Megan Doneman. The film was adjudged the “Best Documentary” at Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It has been receiving standing ovation in most of its screenings around the world.
Currently, she has been in the vanguard of a nationwide, India Against Corruption, a movement led by Shri Anna Hazare which compelled the Indian Parliament to pass a unanimous resolution accepting three key demands of Janlokpal Bill, drafted by Team Anna .
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All the answers here talks about all the great stuff done by her. I would to point out some flaws with her service record. Below are the questions raised by Mr. Karna Thapar after Kiran Bedi pulled out of an interview.
1. To begin with, you've received neither the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service nor the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service. Given that these are routinely awarded after completing a certain number of years of service, isn't your not getting them proof that your record is neither meritorious nor distinguished?
2. Secondly, is it true that on 4 separate occasions you failed to complete your tenure and at least twice left your post without permission which is tantamount to desertion of duty? (She didn't complete her tenure as Superintendent of Police in Goa, DIG (Range) in Mizoram, Inspector General (Prisons) Tihar Jail and Inspector General of Police in Chandigarh. The posts that she left without permission were Goa, in 1983, and Mizoram, in 1992. Speaking to the Sunday Observer on the 27th September, 1992, she said of Mizoram: "I left without asking". Her letter of 25th January,1984 to the Inspector General of Police in Goa, Mr Rajendra Mohan, establishes that she left on leave that had not been sanctioned.)
3. Let's examine your conduct in some of the critical posts you've held. Is it not a fact that as DIG (Range) in Mizoram the Governor issued a formal note of displeasure against you for leaking information to the press?
4. Is it true that when President Venkatraman visited Mizoram the Governor became aware of your plans to disrupt the visit and informed the Intelligence Bureau that you could not be trusted with classified information and security? Again, this is said to be part of your service record.
5. Now let's come to Chandigarh, where you were Inspector General for 41 days. Is it not true that the Adviser to the Administrator wrote to the Home Ministry to ask for your removal on the grounds that your presence in Chandigarh was "not in public interest"? (In her authorised biography 'I Dare!', its claimed Mrs Bedi asked to be posted out of the city. However, UNI, on the 18th May 1999 claims: "In a sudden move, the Union Home Ministry today transferred Chandigarh Inspector General of Police Kiran Bedi with immediate effect.")
6. You were accused of instigating junior police officers to defy the administration because you disagreed with certain suspension orders issued at the time. The press said you were "sowing seeds of rebellion".
7. In 1988 you were a central figure during the lawyers strike of that year. Even your authorized biography admits that the Wadhwa Commission, which investigated the matter, "found fault with Kiran". The press has claimed he called you "a chronic liar".
8. I put it to you, Mrs Bedi, that far from "an outstanding record", your service record is good reason why you don't deserve to be Police Commissioner?
9. In fact, if your service record was so good, wouldn't the Lt. Governor, Tejinder Khanna, whose Special Secretary you were during his first tenure, have insisted on your appointment as Police Comssioner? The fact that he didn't shows that he too thinks you are not fit for the job.
Kiran Bedi started her career as a lecturer at the Khalsa College for women, Amritsar, in the year 1970. In 1972, she then joined the prestigious Indian Police Service, simply for her urge to become outstanding than the rest.
– The Traffic Commissioner of New Delhi,
– Deputy Inspector General of Police in Mizoram (insurgency prone area),
– Advisor to Liutenant Governor, Chandigarh,
– Director General of Narcotics Control bureau
– Inspector General in Tihar Jail
She once dragged the car of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for violating car parking rules. After this incident, she was nicknamed as Crane Bedi.
As the Inspector General of Tihar Jail, she brought in various reforms for the prisoners including yoga, redressal and meditation. She also initiated the establishment of 2 organizations, Navajyoti (1988) and the India Vision Foundation (1994) for improving the lives of drug addicts and the various underprivileged people.
Acts of Courage
– In the 90’s she was transferred to the Tihar Jail, known as the most Notorious jail in India. She alone transferred the jail into a peace-loving ashram by introducing literacy and meditation programs. This act of courage fetched her, The Magsaysay Award and a memorable place in the history of Indian Police.
– Kiran Bedi single handedly managed the Punjab separatist movement and fought against the sword carrying Sikh militants.
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Indian social activist and the highest-ranking woman police officer in India. She is also the Political Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and has represented India in a number of international forums on several issues. BEFORE FAME She has a Master's degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Laws, and Ph.D. in Social Sciences. TRIVIA She won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award in 1994 for Government service. FAMILY LIFE She married Brij Bedi in 1972 and the couple had a daughter named Saina. She is the daughter of Prakash Peshawaria and Prem Peshawaria. ASSOCIATED WITH She was present during screenings of a non-fiction film based on her life, narrated by Helen Mirren.Kiran Bedi Popularity Kiran Bedi Popularity # 18227
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This is Kiran Bedi for you, clear and firm. This is how she was able to reach to the top of her profession and be an inspiration for millions of Indian women suffering because of the society and culture they are born in. She has been the highest ranking women police officer in India. She is a popular social activist and winner of numerous awards all over the world..
“I had a clear vision: if I take up an assignment, I'll do full justice to it; otherwise I'll walk away”.Childhood
Kiran Bedi was born in Amritsar, Punjab on 9th june, 1949. In 1970, she completed her post graduation in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh.Career
She started her career as a lecturer at the Khalsa College for Women, Amritsar. But in July 1972, she joined the Indian Police Service. This was as a result for her urge to be different and her tremendous courage.She had to face lot of tough assignments during her initial stages including traffic postings in New Delhi, Deputy Inspector General of Police in Mizoram, Advisor to the Lieutenant governor of Chandigarh. She was selected as the Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau to a U.N. delegation. She has helped make key decisions in the field of narcotics control, VIP security and traffic management for the Indian Police Services. In 1993, she received a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from IIT Delhi where her thesis topic was ‘Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence’. She is most famous for her stint as the Inspector General of Prisons in Tihar Jail (Delhi), which is the largest jail complex in South Asia. This is where from 1993-1995, Kiran Bedi brought lots of positive changes in its managing style.
" Bonding cannot happen without a strong shift in prevailing attitudes " Kiran Bedi
She instituted number of reforms which brought positive results as well as brought in lots of appreciation from around the globe. She initiated yoga, meditation classes, sports and arts groups. Also festivals were celebrated and complaints were addressed efficiently. This type of administration brought in mutual understanding and development in the inmates. The model that she followed in Tihar jail was appreciated and followed in many other places in India. In 2005 she was appointed as Director General in the Bureau of Police Research and Development. On 25 December 2007, she retired from the Indian Police Services. She has been part of many controversies due to her profile and working style.
After her retirement she focused on taking up social issues and fighting for them. She has started two NGO’s. The Navjyoti India Foundation in 1988 and India vision Foundation in 1994. She has been part of the IAC (India Against Corruption) movement fighting for a strong Lokpal Bill to root out corruption in India. She has been an author to several books focussing on the condition of the current Indian political structure and measures to help it achieve its potential.
Overall she is strong figure who is looked upto by Indian’s as the one person who openly defied the current system and contributed significantly for its development. She is an icon in India who commands respect and can be trusted upon to deliver for the good of the country. She will forever be a role model and inspiration for those who wish to bring a change in society.Awards
“कुछ भी हो जाये लालच और दबाव को अपने करीब न आने दे क्योकि जिंदगी में “फिर कभी” और “लेकिन” के लिये कोई जगह नही होती.” – Kiran Bedi
किरण बेदी की जीवनी – Kiran Bedi Biography In Hindi
किरण बेदी / Kiran Bedi एक भारतीय राजनेता, सामाजिक कार्यकर्त्ता, भूतकालीन टेनिस खिलाडी और रिटायर्ड पुलिस ऑफिसर है. किरन बेदी 1972 में पुलिस सर्विस(आईपीएस) में शामिल हुई, और भारत की पहली महिला अधिकारी बनी.
एक किशोर की तरह, बेदी 1966 में राष्ट्रीय कनिष्ट टेनिस चैंपियन बनी. 1965 से 1978 के बिच उन्होंने कई सारे राष्ट्रीय और राज्य पुरस्कार जीते. आईपीएस में शामिल होने के बाद किरन बेदी ने दिल्ली, गोवा और मिजोरम में सेवा की. उन्होंने अपना कार्यकाल पुलिस आयुक्त प्रतिनिधि (DCP) की तरह चाणक्यपुरी, दिल्ली से शुरू किया, और 1979 में राष्ट्रपति पुलिस मैडल जीता. बाद में वे पश्चिम दिल्ली गयी, जहा उन्होंने दिल्ली में हो रहे महिलाओ पर अत्याचारों को कम किया. इसके बाद, एक ट्रैफिक पुलिस की तरह, उन्होंने 1982 में दिल्ली में हो रहे एशियाई खेलो की निगरानी की. उत्तरी दिल्ली के DGP की तरह, उन्होंने ड्रग्स और दुर्व्यवहार के खिलाफ अपना अभियान जारी किया, जो बाद में नवज्योति दिल्ली पुलिस फाउंडेशन(2007) में मिला.
मई 1993 में, उन्हें दिल्ली कारागार में इंस्पेक्टर जनरल (IG) की तरह भेजा गया. जहा तिहार जेल में उन्होंने कई सुधार भी किये, जहा उनके इस प्रयत्न के लिए उन्हें 1994 में रमण मेगसेसे पुरस्कार दिया गया. 2003 में, किरन बेदी पहली महिला बनी जिसे यूनाइटेड नेशन ने नागरिक पुलिस सलाहकार हेतु नियुक्त किया. लेकिन उन्होंने 2007 में इससे इस्तीफा दे दिया, ताकि वे सामाजिक गतिविधियों और लेख लिखने में ध्यान लगा सके. उन्होंने कई सारी किताबे लिखी, और इंडिया विज़न फाउंडेशन भी चला रही है. 2008-11 के बिच, उन्होंने आप की कचेहरी की मेजबानी भी की. वो 2011 भ्रष्टाचार मुक्त भारत की नेता भी बनी, और जनवरी 2015 में भारतीय जनता पार्टी में शामिल हुई.Kiran Bedi Education & Early History :
किरण बेदी / Kiran Bedi का जन्म 9 जून 1949 को अमृतसर में, एक अच्छे पंजाबी व्यापारी परिवार में हुआ. वो प्रकाश लाल पेशावरिया और प्रेम लता की दूसरी बेटी थी. उनको तिन बहने शशि, रीता और अनु थी. उनके बड़े दादा लाला हरगोबिन्द का पेशावर से अमृतसर स्थानांतरण हुआ, जहा उन्होंने एक व्यापर शुरू किया. बेदी का पालनपोषण ज्यादा धार्मिक रूप से नही था, लेकिन दोनों धर्मो हिन्दू और सिख धर्म में उनका पालनपोषण हुआ (उनकी दादी सिख थी).
प्रकाश लाल ने उनके परिवार के व्यापार में उनकी मदत की, और वे टेनिस भी खेलते थे. बेदी जी के दादा मुनि लाल ने उनके परिवार के व्यापार को संभाला, साथ ही उनके पिता को भत्ता भी दिया करते थे. उनके पिता वो भत्ता बेदी की बड़ी बहन शशि को सेक्रेड हार्ट कान्वेंट स्कूल, अमृतसर में डालने के लिए इस्तेमाल किया. उसकी स्कूल घर से 16 किलोमीटर दूर थी, शशि के माता पिता का ऐसा विश्वास था की दूसरी स्कूल में डालने से अच्छा उनकी बेटी किसी अच्छी स्कूल में पढ़े. मुनिलाल उनके बड़े बेटे को क्रिस्चियन स्कूल में पढ़ाने के खिलाफ थे. इसलिए, प्रकाश लाल ने आर्थिक स्वतंत्र घोषित किया, और अपने सभी बच्चो को अच्छी स्कूल में डलवाया, जिसमे किरण बेदी भी शामिल थी.
बेदी जी ने अपनी पढाई 1954 में सेक्रेड हार्ट कॉन्व्हेंट स्कूल अमृतसर से शुरू की. दूसरी स्कूल की गतिविधियों में से उन्होंने नेशनल कैडेट कोर (NCC) में भी हिस्सा लिया. उस समय सेक्रेड हार्ट में विज्ञानं नहीं था, इसके अलावा दूसरा विषय “परिवार” था. जिसका मुख्य उद्देश शादीशुदा महिलाओ को एक अच्छी गृहिणी बनाना था. जब वे 9 वी कक्षा में थी, तब बेदी जी ने काम्ब्रिज कॉलेज ज्वाइन की जहा विज्ञानं की सुविधा थी ताकि वो मेट्रिक परीक्षाओ की तयारी भी कर सके. समय के साथ उनके सहकर्मियों ने 9 वी कक्षा पास कर ली और kiran बेदी ने 10 वी पास कर ली.
बेदी जी 1968 में BA इंग्लिश में सरकारी महिला कॉलेज, अमृतसर से स्नातक हुई. और उसी साल उन्हें NCC कैडेट ऑफिसर का पुरस्कार दिया गया. 1970 में, उन्होंने राजनीती शास्त्र में पंजाब यूनिवर्सिटी, चंडीगढ़ से मास्टर डिग्री प्राप्त की.
1970 से 1972 तक, उन्होंने खालसा महिला कॉलेज अमृतसर में व्याख्याता का काम किया. वे राजनीती शास्त्र से संबंधित विषयो को पढ़ाती थी. बाद में भारतीय पुलिस में उनके करियर के दौरान, उन्होंने 1988 में दिल्ली यूनिवर्सिटी से न्याय शास्त्र की डिग्री प्राप्त की और IIT दिल्ली डिपार्टमेंट ऑफ़ सोशल साइंस से 1993 में Ph.D की.
उनकी इस जीवनी को देखते हुए उनका एक सुविचार हमारे लिए प्रेरणादायक साबित होता है—
“जो लोग समय रहते अपने जीवन का चार्ज नहीं ले लेते, वे बाद में समय द्वारा लाठी चार्ज किये जाते है”
इस सुविचार से हमें यह सीख मिलती है की बाद में पछताने की बजाये समय रहते हमने अपने जीवन के अत्यावश्यक कामो को पूरा कर लेना चाहिये. और समय की कीमत करनी चाहिये न की उसे व्यर्थ करना चाहिये.
1) संयुक्त राष्ट्र पदक
2) रेमन मैगसेसे पुरस्कार
3) राष्ट्रपति पुलिस पदक
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Published Aug 03, 2016 · 08:36 pm. Updated Yesterday · 11:29 am.Though independent India has long repealed the colonial act classifying 150 tribes as inherently criminal, many police officers still view them with suspicion.
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Kiran Bedi really should have known better.
When I first started meeting and writing about denotified and nomadic tribes – DNTs, once-called “criminal tribes” – I wanted to speak to a few police officers about them. Someone introduced me to Ashok Kamte, the officer who, some years later, was shot dead during 26/11. While telling him what I was interested in, I used the words “ex-criminal tribes”.
Kamte interrupted. “You should not call them that,” he said, apparently unwilling to even mouth the phrase. He went on: “They should never have been called criminal in the first place, you know. In my police training, we were told not to use that word.”
Suitably chastened, I switched to “DNTs” for the rest of our conversation (and ever since).
The history here is simple, if galling. In 1871, our British colonial masters put on the books the Criminal Tribes Act. By name, the Act listed about 150 tribes around this country, thus defining them (“notifying” them) as criminal. Stop a moment to think of the implication here. If you belonged to one of those tribes, you were a criminal. The day you were born into one of those tribes, you became a criminal.
The CT Act stayed on our books through the rest of Britain’s rule over us. The result was not just that the law was used against them, which it was, and with brutal effect. It was also that members of these tribes were viewed with a great deal of suspicion and prejudice. It was also that they were described in terms that seem hardly believable today.
The Bombay Presidency Gazette of 1880, for example, had these remarks about one such tribe, the Phase Pardhis: “They are still fond of hunting and poaching and have not got rid of their turn for thieving. … [They are] nearly always ragged and dirty, walking with a sneaking gait.” Four years later, the Gazette called Phase Pardhis a “low, unsettled tribe … a strong, hot-tempered and cruel people” who are “under the eye of the police and are a depressed people.” In a 1932 book, another British writer called these tribes “absolutely the scum, the flotsam and jetsam of Indian life, of no more regard than the beasts of the field”.
What would you think if you read a description of modern-day Jains –or Syrian Christians, or Iyengars, or speakers of Haryanvi, or any community you choose – that described them as “ragged and dirty”, “low and unsettled”, “walking with a sneaking gait”? That said they were “scum” and “beasts of the field”? That pronounced them unable to “get rid of their turn for thieving”? That used such prejudices to justify treating them as criminals from birth?
Astonishingly, it took independent India five years to get rid of the perverse CT Act. When we repealed it in 1952, these tribes were “denotified”, and that’s why they are called that today. That’s the word Kamte used for them; that’s the word he urged me to use as well.
You’d think the 60-plus years since 1952 would be enough to allow the notion of “criminal” tribes to fade, deservedly, into unlamented history. Except that there are still plenty among us who hold on to the law’s pernicious legacy – the suspicion and prejudice.
Now it would be bad enough if these were just ordinary citizens I mean. But enough policemen also look at these tribes this way. Which means they inevitably focus on these tribes when crimes happen on their watch, which means members of these tribes are routinely arrested, beaten, tortured and even killed in custody. This is how a Pardhi named Pinya Hari Kale died in Baramati in June 1998; this is how a Kheria Sabar named Budhan Sabar died in Purulia in February 1998.
To pick just two cases of plenty.
None of this bothered the sub-inspector I met in Satara District who said of denotified tribes that it was “their culture” (yes, he actually used the word “sanskriti”) to be criminal and thus he was “forced” to use “degree-vagairah” (you know, that “third-degree” stuff) on them. Another had this intriguing take, unwittingly bringing to mind those deaths in custody: “It is the habit of Pardhis to endanger their lives in thieving.” And yet there’s no real evidence that they are disproportionately involved in Indian crime – not in British times, not today.
And then there’s Pondicherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, celebrated ex-police officer and nearly chief minister of Delhi. On August 1, she had this to say:
Ex-criminal tribes are known to be very cruel. They are hardcore professionals in committing crimes. Rarely caught and/or convicted..
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) August 2, 2016
As you can see, Bedi’s language could have been lifted straight from those Gazettes of over 130 years vintage. Just like Bedi, those long-forgotten British writers called these people “cruel”; and what really is the difference, anyway, between “have not got rid of their turn for thieving” and “hardcore professionals in committing crimes”?
I like to think Bedi’s late colleague in the police, Ashok Kamte, would have interrupted her tweeting like he interrupted me, to say: “You should not call them that.”
You should not, Ms Bedi. You really should have known better.
Dilip D'Souza is the author of several book, including Branded by Law: Looking at India's Denotified Tribes.From pioneering businesses to conquering US television, four Indians show us that all is within reach Young India is leading life its own way, changing the rules their parents lived by.
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