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Dr Kiran Bedi - Indian social activist and former IPS Officer

Updated on June 15, 2012
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Dr Kiran Bedi - Biography

Dr Kiran Bedi is one of the most admired Indian celebrities. She is also India’s first and highest ranking woman officer who joined the Indian Police Service in 1972. She sought voluntary retirement in the year 2007. She has played many roles in her life. Dr Kiren Bedi has lived in the role of a fearless and daring Officer for 35 years of service. She has also been a Lecturer and Tennis Champion. She has authored several books and had been an actress and anchor for radio and television shows. She also has been a columnist with leading newspapers and magazines. She is a sought after speaker on social, professional and leadership issues. She is seen in the 'No Marks' Advertisement where she saying getting a clean reputation is not an easy job. She also made her television debut as host and judge of the show ‘Aapki Kacheri Kiren ke saath’ which has resolved several quarrels and problems amicably in one sitting without going to the Court which may take years to solve it. The documentary made on Kiran Bedi’s life (Yes Madam, Sir) by Australian film maker Megan Doneman was the winner of the Best Documentary Award with a cash award of $100,000 and Social Justice Award with $2500 at Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Another documentary on her, In Gandhi's footsteps, also was awarded the Best Documentary at the Indo-American Film Festival in Atlanta.

Dr Kiran Bedi has found two Voluntary Organizations, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation dealing in the areas of Drug abuse treatment, schooling for children of prisoners and health care to the urban and rural poor. She is also one of the key members of Social worker Anna Hazare’s India against Corruption (IAC), a people's movement to demand comprehensive reforms of anti-corruption systems in India. IAC made its mark protesting against corruption and is urging the government of India to enact a strong Lokpal Bill.

Dr Kiran Bedi is an Indian social activist and a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.
Dr Kiran Bedi is an Indian social activist and a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.

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Dr Kiran Bedi - Life and Family

Kiran was born on 9th June 1949 in Amritsar as the second of the four daughters to her parents Prakash Lal Peshawaria and Prem Lata Peshawaria. Kirens sisters are Shashi, Reeta and Anu. As a child born in a well to do family, Kiren or her sisters were never considered as a burden and received the best of education and environment possible to excel in their respective fields. Her parents sacrificed a great deal so that their daughters could go to the best schools, learn sports and be exceptional in the male dominated country. Kiren and her sister have been National and Asian Tennis Champions. Kiren completed her schooling and graduation in Arts from Amritsar. After that she did a Master's degree in Political science from Punjab University. As an avid learner she also acquired a Degree in Law (LLB) in 1988 from Delhi University. She was also awarded a Ph.D. in 1993 in Social Sciences by the Department of Social Sciences, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She also has two honorary Doctorates - one from the Guru Nanak Dev University of Amritsar in the year 2003 for her contribution in the field of Police Administration and the other from Cuny School of Law at Queens College, the City University of New York in the year 2005 for transforming policing.

Kiran began her career as a lecturer in Political Science (1970 -72) at Khalsa College for Women, Amritsar, Punjab. She left the post soon after she got selected for the Indian Police Service in the year 1972. It was because of her association with Tennis Courts that she met her husband Brij Bedi who was 9 years elder to her and shared the same interests and beliefs. She married Brij Bedi who was a former University Tennis Player, textile Engineer by Profession and a renowned Social Activist in the year 1972 in a simple marriage ceremony. The couple has a Daughter Saina who is involved in Community Service. She is married to Ruzbeh N Bharucha who is a journalist by profession and an author who has produced several short films and documentaries.

Kiran Bedi IPS served in the Indian Police Services for 35 years and made her name as a courageous and fearless Police Officer. In the police service she served in a number of different and challenging assignments that range from Traffic Commissioner of New Delhi, Deputy Inspector General of Police in Mizoram, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of Chandigarh and Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau. She also earned name and got into several controversies because of her ‘I dare’ attitude. Kiren Bedi towed Indira Gandhi's car for parking violation. For her the law was same for all, be it the Prime Minister of the country or the common man. During her service at Tihar Jail, one of the world’s largest prisons, as the Inspector General of Prison she was moved at the plight of the prisoners and their family. She worked relentlessly to give jailed convicts a new lease of life through meditation and spiritualism. She initiated a number of measures in prison management including yoga, meditation and redressing of complaints by prisoners. She has worked with the United Nations as the Police Advisor to the Secretary General, in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations. She has represented India at the United Nations and in International forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police and prison reforms and women’s issues. She has received a dozen awards for her valuable contribution to the society including the President's Gallantry Award (1979), Women of the Year Award (1980,Mahila Shiromani Award (1995) and Pride of India (1999).

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    DSNegi 5 years ago

    I Salute to her for unbelievable achievments. She is role model of new generation...

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    Umesh Pandey 5 years ago

    Indeed an inspiring personality. We will tell our grandchildren that we also lived in that era.Hats off to her.

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    S.Hemalatha 5 years ago

    She is my favrote lady and Jhansi Rani

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    Anjali Panday 5 years ago

    Its amazing , being a lady she worked like a lady... We are proud of you Kiran Bedi...

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    siddharth bachhawat 5 years ago

    amazing being a lady she worked like a man....

    aasum

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    vs 5 years ago

    With all this, why does she inflate travel bills

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    shaheen 5 years ago

    KIRAN BEDI one of the brave woman and ideal parson to over Indian woman.

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    khushbu jaiswal 5 years ago

    proud of our India for you.

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    sangu warad 5 years ago

    kiran bedi is like kittur rani c

    hennam

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    richa 5 years ago

    she is inspiration to every women

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    Maahi shilmana 5 years ago

    Brave indian woman.jai hind jai bharat

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    snehal & jayshri 5 years ago

    she is our role model...

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    SATYAJEET KUMAR 5 years ago

    Kiran bedi, apko salam.u r really an ideal person.i like most the question asked by u to "amir khan".and your message ..be honest.,and keep anna's cap in pocket like a symboll

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    Gaurav D. Parasher 5 years ago

    Its wounderful we all youth should learn a lot from THE REAL HEROES LIKE KIRAN BEDI JI>

    VANDE MATARAM.

    Regards,

    To The Youth Of Our country.

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    Sharma 5 years ago

    Kiran ji is a great lady i respected her with my heart and its my dream to see her as our prime minister because all know she is very honest she have power to change our currupt system. She is able to clean up our country's curruption .

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    RAJSHRI 5 years ago

    Madam you are great. We will be happy your team announces the formation of party. I pray to god you people just announce this. The next moment all political parties will join your party. All cases will go into well.

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    pooja sharma 5 years ago

    kiran bedi such a great and wonder ful womenand she is also my aidle

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    Sandeep Patel 5 years ago

    I salute Kirenji for your courage and contribution to Mr. Anna's team.

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    nidhi malik 5 years ago

    kiran bedi is a role model of women n a daring lady.she proved nothing is impossible in life...

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    Dr Rajpal Walke 5 years ago

    Dr Kiran Bedi Jaisa koyee nahi!!!!

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    vishnu 5 years ago

    kiran jee is a good and great woman in india

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    Hira Bisht 5 years ago

    She is the inspiration for all indians, she is our HERO

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    mukesh kumar  5 years ago

    res. mam,

    many time i have received some phone. they told me about ur self. they want to meet u. bcoz they have some family problem. they thought this my contact num. is ur contact num. i think they have an illusion. they also told me my num. add. ur profile. they understood me ur reletive. plz if in case ur profile added my contcat num. change them.

    regarding

    mukesh kumar

    ward member of ward no. 1

    chirawa dis. jhunjhunu

    rajasthan 333026

    con. num. + 91 9024311373

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    prity pandey 5 years ago

    she is an inspiration for everyone,great person in india

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    Anushka 6 years ago

    Yes,se iz d real queen of india n se alwz mak family 2gether in kacheri .... N my dream iz 2 met her....

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    DEEPTI 6 years ago

    she z d real queen of india

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    AATEKA 6 years ago

    SHE IS MY ROLE MODEL. SHE IS A GOOD EXAMPLE ON A FEMALE GENDER.

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    preet 6 years ago

    she is the best..and definitely we are proud of you

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    Ajay  6 years ago

    She is hero on the ground . We Indian proud on Kirn bedi

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    sneha vartak 7 years ago

    she is truly a gr8 inspiration and a subject of pride 4 not only india but 4 whole world. we r proud of u.

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    UNANIMOUS 7 years ago

    SHE DESERVES MORE THAN JUST A BRAVERY AWARD

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    Nikita 7 years ago

    she is a real hero . she is a inspiration to everyone especially for womens .

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    Juliet 7 years ago

    Indeed she's a hero, a role model...

    Her courage, determination and honesty motivates me to go ahead in life...

    Thanks for sharing this article

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    Ravneet 8 years ago from Delhi

    Since my childhood, I have been an avid fan of Kiran Bedi, and you have done a great job Anamika by penning down a sketch of the first woman IPS officer of India. Great hub!

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    Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the Comments... Laila, Dilip and Khalsa. I find Dr Kiran Bedi a real inspiration. But i don't think Moon Das compares anywhere with this icon. Nor do i think she needs to be given an award for bravery.

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    THE LIP 8 years ago from PLANET EARTH-SOMEWHERE IN ASIA

    Hi Anamika.Not heard from u in ages.Ur my fan do spare a moment and send ur valuable inputs n comments to my hubs.

    That is indeed a lovely hub and you deserve accolades for it.Indeed DR.I.G.KIRAN BEDI is a true achiever and not just the pride of India alone but is the true face of Womankind across the globe.She deserves a standing ovation.Even that would not suffice to her lofty achievements.

    Having said that let me draw your attention to this years Red & White Bravery Awards. One woman who stood out because of her profile and the controvesy shrouding her was MOON DAS ever since tradegy struck her she was being treated as a pariah dog. Nobody knew the pain and agony she underwent when her mother and maternal uncle were shot dead in cold blood by her soo called hubby and boyfriend Avinash.

    Even though she was labeled a call girl escort and cheap body exposing exhibitionist who used her body for a living nobody could see the unshed tears in her eyes and the humilation on her face as she was looked upon with contempt. Yet she survived and even today she struggles to make ends meet without stretching out her hands in charity. Isn't that also Bravery with Dignity?

    Today she is picking up the pieces and trying to move on with her life..or what is left of it. Dancing Queens was a platform that took her into the limelight and her being bestowed the prestigious Red & White Bravery Award is a pat on her back to show she is not alone in her misery and grief and we do care for her pain and sorrow. Below is a link to her as my hub as a tribute to the struggle misery and pain she faces with dignity and grace.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/NOTHING-CAN-KEEP-MOON-DAS-...

    Ur valuable comments shall be welcome.

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    Khalsa 8 years ago

    I HOPE EVERY INDIAN READS KIRAN BEDI ADVICE AND PONDER. AFTER THAT SPREAD THE WORD. SOME HOW SOMEBODY WILL INSPIRE CHANGE.

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    Laila Rajaratnam 8 years ago from India

    Anamika..thanks for the wonderful hub..yes,she is a hero with us..more so, a role model with women!I did not know about the Rag Picker movie..Thanks for sharing it! Enjoyed it!

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