Dr. Mrs. Kiran Bedi My memory takes me back to 1982 when I had a lengthy talk on phone with Mrs. Kiran Bedi who was then the Dy. Commissioner of Police (Traffic), and I was then the President of a Residents’ Welfare Association of “Panchwati’ – a colony surrounded by Adarsh Nagar, Indira Nagar, Majlis Park and Kewal Park. In a joint meeting of the Associations I was elected the Convener of these group of colonies to lead the campaign to arouse the public concern against the traffic problem caused by trucks, loaded with fruits and vegetables, blocking the entry and exit of these colonies. A resolution was passed to resort to a Dharna on G.T.K. Road. The representation was delivered to the office of the Dy. Commissioner (Traffic) requesting her to take remedial action. The next day early morning a police officer carrying a wireless phone approached me at my residence to discuss the issue and I was asked to speak on phone with ‘Madam Ji’. That was the day when I had a lengthy discussion on phone with her. She heard me with patience and advised me that our proposed Dharna was not the solution. If the residents of the colony resorted to Dharna it would affect the entire public on the road. She assured me to take suitable steps to minimise the problem which would be visible from that day itself. I have never met her personally but while attending some conferences, I have heard her speeches on the topics of social reforms, child and women welfare and various issues of national interest. I recall the year 2009 when I used to watch her T.V. serial “Aap Ki Kachehri” based on real life instances which provided a platform for settling the family disputes. I was inspired to read about her educational qualifications, social activities, public service, knowledge and performance.
She started her career as a lecturer in political science but because of her urge to be outstanding she joined the Indian Police Service by becoming the first Woman I.P.S. officer in India. Her assignments included Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) in Delhi, Dy. Inspector-General of Police Mizoram, Advisor to Lt. Governor, Inspector General of Prisons in Tihar Jail, Civilian Police Advisor for United Nations Peace Making Operation. She was awarded the United Nations Medal and Ramon Magsaysay Award. Her last posting was as the Director General of India, Police Research and Development. She expressed her wish to voluntarily retire to undertake a new challenge in life and was relieved in December 2007. She founded two NGOs—‘Navjyoti India Foundation’ and ‘India Vision Foundation’ for the welfare of the society. In August 2011 she joined the ‘India Against Corruption’ movement started by Shri Anna Hazare. As an independent citizen she declared her support for Shri Narendra Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate before the general elections.
In 2014, she expressed her desire to serve the country in the Narendra Modi led Government and joined B.J.P. in January 2015. I have narrated the above to convey to the readers of this writeup, of her way of persuasion, and doing the work to deliver the results.