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Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bedi is a pride of our Indian police force and a hero in every sense of the term. She was the first Indian woman and highest-ranked female police officer. Kiran served India as formative policing and jail management for more than 35 years. On June 9, 1949, she was born in Amritsar, Punjab. She is one of the most well-known police officers who has dedicated their life to serving the nation.

After her retirement, she was assigned as the Director-General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development in India. She formerly worked for the United Nations Peacekeeping Department as a Police Advisor. Kiran Bedi received the U.N. medal for her outstanding performance. She was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law in 2005.

She is a well-known social activist and founded two non-profit organizations. She has also worked with the United Nations and represented India in international forums on issues such as crime prevention, drug abuse, and women's issues. She was named "MSN most admired Indian female icon 2011" and "India's most trusted woman" by Navbharat Times in 2012 and Readers Digest in 2010. Her efforts to prevent crime, improve prisons, end drug use and support women's causes make her the most desirable person to get the Roman Magsaysay Award, Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

She has given speeches at many big places, including IIM, TED Talks, Partnering for Global Impact, Nomura Investment Forum Asia, the World Justice Project, and Eximius. She speaks about her work with non-governmental organizations, the gender divide in India, leadership, female empowerment, and her time as an Indian police officer.


She did her schooling at the Sacred Heart Convent School in Amritsar. After that, Kiran graduated with a bachelor's in English from the Government College for Women in Amritsar. Punjab University in Chandigarh awarded her a master's degree in political science. Even after joining the Indian Police Force, she continued her studies. She graduated from Delhi University with a law degree (LLB) in 1988.

In 1993, she received a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology's Social Sciences Department in New Delhi. Her PhD was mostly focused on drug abuse and domestic violence. Kiran Bedi has won the national and international tennis championships in India and Asia. She won the Asian Ladies Title when she was 22 years old.


Her career began in 1970 when she accepted a position as a lecturer at Amritsar's Khalsa College for Women. She joined the Indian Police Services two years later. She has taken on several difficult jobs throughout her career. She has worked as New Delhi's Traffic Commissioner and as a Deputy Inspector General of Police in an insurgency-prone sector of the city Mizoram.

She has also served as Chandigarh's Lieutenant Governor and the Director-General of the Narcotics Control Bureau. Kiran Bedi is sometimes referred to as Crane Bedi, which is an interesting fact. She is known as Crane Bedi because she dragged Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's automobile owing to a parking infringement.

Kiran Bedi persuaded the Indian Police Service to reconsider its decisions on traffic management, drugs control, and VIP security. During her time, she implemented significant modifications on how prisons were run as the Inspector General of Tihar Jail. She proposed a number of initiatives, including yoga, meditation, and the resolution of inmate concerns, among others.

Kiran Bedi established the groundwork for founding two non-profit organizations, Navajyoti (1988) and India Vision Foundation (1994). These organizations were established to improve the living conditions of drug users and the poor. Kiran Bedi's efforts have paid off and earned her international prominence. Her art has always been well-received. The United Nations awarded her organization the Serge Soitiroff Memorial Award for drug misuse prevention.

Social Services

She is the founder of 2 voluntary, non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

  • Navjyoti (1988)
  • India Vision Foundation (1994),

With the help of 17 other police officers, she founded the Navjyoti Foundation, which aims to offer drug users rehabilitation. The organization has broadened its scope to include topics like illiteracy and women's empowerment. In 1994, she established the India Vision Foundation to promote police and prison reforms, women's empowerment, and rural and community development. The United Nations gave her organization the 'Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award' for drug abuse prevention, and she got an honorary doctorate in law. Her non-governmental organizations are currently running four community colleges registered with the Indira Gandhi National Open University and will provide vocational and soft skills training to Indian youth. 'Mission Safer India', her programme, aims to ensure that police keep track of and respond to citizen concerns.

Political Career

Along with Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal, she was a significant India Against Corruption (IAC) member. She was also detained during anti-corruption demonstrations, but this did not deter her determination. Her efforts to combat corruption were rewarded when Parliament passed a resolution requiring the Lokpal Bill's drafters to address three issues. She wrote a number of books and newspaper columns in which she raised awareness about various concerns in order to effect social change. She presented the Star Plus reality show 'Aap Ki Kachehri Kiran Ke Saath' in 2009-10. In August 2011, Kiran Bedi joined India Against Corruption movement, which social activist Anna Hazare established. She was a significant figure in the movement alongside Arvind Kejriwal, but the two parted ways when they later decided to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a political party.

Bedi endorsed Narendra Modi as the preferred Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 General Elections. Kiran Bedi was admitted into the BJP on January 15, 2015, in the presence of national president Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Bedi became a party member a day after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections, Kiran Bedi was a Cheif Minister candidate.

The BJP chose Kiran Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate for the Delhi assembly elections 2015, based on her popularity among the people of Delhi and her previous record as a 'super cop' in the city. She was elected from the Krishna Nagar constituency, which has been a stronghold of the BJP since 1993. The election in Delhi took place on February 7, and the results were announced three days later.

The results of the elections saw the BJP suffer a near-whitewash at the hands of its challenger, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which reduced them to just three seats out of 70. AAP's S.K defeated Bedi and received 2,277 votes, more than her. She has written a number of books, including:

  • It's Always Possible: One Women's Transformation of India's Prison System
  • What Went Wrong?
  • The Motivating Bedi
  • Government@net
  • As I see; Broom & Groom
  • Uprising 2011

Awards and Titles

Kiran Bedi has received many awards, including:

  • The President's Gallantry Award (1979)
  • Women of the Year Award (1980)
  • Asia Region Award for Drug Prevention and Control (1991)
  • Ramon 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)
  • Amity Woman Achiever for Social Injustice (2007)
  • Public Service Excellence Award (2007)
  • Zee Astitva Award (2007)
  • The Indian Society of Criminology (2008)
  • Pride of Punjab (2008)
  • Women Excellences Awards (2009)
  • The Nomura Award (2013) for humanitarian works

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