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Kiran Bedi Birthday Special: Lesser Known Facts About Retd IPS Officer & Ex Puducherry Governor Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bedi is the first Indian female to become an officer in the Indian Police Service (IPS) and started her service in 1972.

Kiran Bedi

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2021-06-09T19:05:00+05:30

Happy Birthday Kiran Bedi.

Kiran Bedi who was born on 9 June 1949 is an Indian politician, social activist, retired IPS office. She is the first Indian female to become an officer in the Indian Police Service and started her service in 1972. She remained in service for 35 years before taking voluntary retirement in 2007 as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development.

She started her career as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in Delhi's Chanakyapuri area and won the President's Police Medal in 1979.Thereafter, she moved to West Delhi, where she tried to eradicate crimes against women. Thereafter, as a traffic police officer, she inspected the traffic arrangements for the Asian Games in Delhi in 1982 and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Goa in 1983.

In May 1993, Bedi was posted as Inspector General (IG) in Delhi Jail. She made several reforms in Tihar Jail, which received worldwide acclaim and won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994.

Kiran Bedi is a renowned Indian Politician from BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and was the Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Puducherry until February 17 when she was removed from her post at a time when the union territory was witnessing a political crisis following the resignation of Congress MLAs from the V Narayanasamy government.

Kiran Bedi's Early life & Academic Career:

Kiran Bedi took birth in Amritsar, Punjab on 9th June 1949 and her father and mother were Prakash Lal Peshawaria and Prem Lata Peshawaria respectively. She completed her Graduation in English Honors from Amritsar's Government College for Women in 1968. She completed her Post Graduation in Political Science in 1970 and she was quite a bright student in her class. She got married to Brij Bedi in 1972 and was blessed with a daughter.

She earned her degree in law from the Faculty of Law, the University of Delhi in 1998 while in service as the Director-General of Police. Subsequently, she went on to obtain a doctorate from the Department of Social Science at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 1993.

She retired from the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 2007 and she was the first-ever woman of India in joining the IPS officer's rank in 1972. She was quite a renowned social activist. She actively participated in the movement led by Anna Hazare for the enactment of the Jan Lokpal Bill and she bagged the award of Magsaysay Award in 1994. On January 15, 2015, she joined BJP and got selected as the chief ministerial candidate of the party in the Delhi Assembly elections in 2015.

Professional life:

Kiran Bedi began her career as a Political Science lecturer at Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar in 1970. Later, she cracked the Civil Services exam and became the first-ever Indian IPS officer.

While she was in IPS, she served as the New Delhi Traffic Police chief, Advisor to the Lt. Governor of Chandigarh, Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau, DIG of Police in Mizoram, Civilian Police Advisor for United Nations Peacekeeping operations for which she was awarded the United Nations Medal.

During 1993-95, when she was the Inspector General of Prisons, she led to the introduction of several reforms in the Tihar Jail management. The only mission was to bring some positive transformation in the prisoner's lives and for this, she was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 1994 and the Jawahar Lal Nehru Fellowship.

She was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law in acknowledgement of her "humanitarian approach to prison reforms and policing" in May 2005.

2 years later, she decided to voluntarily take retirement from the police services and on December 25, 2007, she retired to take actively part in all famous social issues of our country.

Kiran Bedi's sudden eviction as Lt. Governor of Puducherry:

On Tuesday, Bedi won't be serving as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry said an official of President Ram Nath Kovind.

Meanwhile, Tamilisai Soundararajan, Telangana Governor will dismiss the duties of the Lt. Governor of Puducherry and her own duties. A communiqué from Rashtrapati Bhawan said that " This order will come into "effect from the date she will assume charge of her office until regular arrangements for the office of Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry are made".

This order arrived after four congress MLAs offered their resignation and it left Chief Minister Narayanasamy's government lessened in the majority.

CM Velu Narayanasamy alleged Kiren Bedi:

CM Velu Narayanasamy said that "The removal of Dr Kiran Bedi was our demand for the last four-and-a-half years and we have been fighting with the government of India. We have been raising the issue with the prime minister [Narendra Modi] and the home minister [Amit Shah] and we went to the people. We started many agitations against her".

"Today, I see the people of Puducherry got their victory with the removal of Dr Kiran Bedi because she was stopping welfare schemes. She was ignoring the elected government. She was interfering in day-to-day administration. She was running a parallel government and she was also giving directions directly to the officers, which is unheard of in the history of anywhere in the country. The lieutenant governors and the governor are acting against the Constitution and the rule of law," Velu Narayanasamy alleged.


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