“Be a Master at what you are doing – cultivate excellence, balance the head and the heart. Be a Member of the community – live an unselfish life and learn to give, be responsible, and contribute something of value. Find Meaning in life – live with a sense of higher purpose. For me, this meant policing became the power to correct, not arrest. At an institute like IIT, it is criminal to be ordinary. Let us do better with our lives and resources”
While Addressing to the students of IIT-Madras
Activity is the insignia of life. The highest type of individuals is called individuals of achievement. They work not merely as laborers or workers, not for the sake of wages, nor for the sake of success but they live and act seeking only a sense of fulfillment.
Who is mightier, the one who is making a history in the world or the one who is earning his livelihood?
Three hundred and sixty-five days make a year. You find that some individuals make history within a short time of ten to twenty years carry out such wonderful achievements as to leave behind something remarkable for which the succeeding generations are grateful.
Kiran Bedi is truly one such icon of heroism. She was the first Indian woman to join the Indian Police Services. She was born on June 9, 1949 at Amritsar in Punjab. She is one of the most renowned police officers, who have put in their whole hearted effort in serving the society. She is the pride of our Indian police force.
Rising from the realms of unactivity and not succumbing to inactivity, Kiran Bedi always kept herself moving and in action. She kept on going, even when the going got tougher. When we act the glory of action is dependent upon, not the environment, not where you work and how you work, but it is the intention or motive behind the work that lends enchantment to the very work. Due to her astute ardor, in the recent times, she has been appointed as the Director General of India’s Bureau of Police Research and Development. Earlier, she served as the Police Advisor in the United Nations peacekeeping department. For her noteworthy performance, she was awarded with the UN medal. In the year 2005, she received the honorary degree of Doctor of Law.
She did her schooling from the Sacred Heart Convent School in Amritsar and completed her graduation in the English language from the Government College for Women in Amritsar. She received her Masters degree in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh and continued her studies, even when she joined the Indian Police force. In the year 1988, she obtained a degree in Law (LLB) from Delhi University.
In the year 1993, the Department of Social Sciences, the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi awarded her with a Ph.D. degree. Her topic of research was Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence. Kiran Bedi has won the championship of all-India and all-Asian tennis competition. When she was 22 years old, she won the Asian Ladies Title.
Kiran Bedi believes in the 3 M theory for success: 1) Be a master at what you are doing cultivate excellence, balance the head and the heart. 2) Be a member of the community live an unselfish life and learn to give, be responsible and contribute something of value. 3) Find Meaning in life live with a sense of higher purpose as for her policing meant the power to correct and not to arrest.
A woman of substance, she not only glorified Indian womanhood but personified justice, integrity and meaning of fulfillment of life. The work when glorified, gathers a new momentum, bristles with a new fervor only because of the faithful intentions of the heart behind the worker’s hand. Her profundity manifested itself into writing and she became the author of books like “Empowering Woman as I See”, “Indian Police as I see”, “Leadership and Governance as I See”, “It’s Always Possible”, “As I See”, “What Went Wrong”, “I Dare”, “Shadows in Cages”, “The Kindly Baton”.
“I dare” opines the saga of woman officer in the Indian Police Service who pioneered a humane method of policing marked by willpower, devotion to duty, innovation, and compassion and, above all, a never-say-die attitude. The eyewitness account forthright and unsparing in this fully revised and updated edition provides a well-documented exposé of the sabotage of police reforms (to be implemented as per a verdict of the Supreme Court of India) by certain bureaucrats and by some members of Kiran Bedi’s own service. This kind of sabotage was the proverbial last straw that compelled her to ‘shake off the shackles’.
As she asserts: ‘My self-respect, my innate sense of justice and my beliefs and values in life propelled me to throw off the “yokes” that were already obstructing my growth and I now made up my mind to set myself free and be a master of my own time.’ This is a no-holds-barred narrative packed with punch, spirit and vitality.
“As I See” is a persistent effort by the author to encourage greater awareness about various social and ethical issues to invoke, provoke and inspire readers to heighten their levels of sensitivity, participation and response. Her experience and expertise include more than 33 years of tough, responsive and interactive policing within India and outside. 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 trafficking and abuse, prison reform, women’s issues and peace-keeping operations.
“It’s Always Possible” illustrates fundamental changes she brought, giving a human face to the administrative structure – creating an exemplary system covering every possible aspect of prison management. Her primary objective was to collectively and individually manage the transition from a moribund system to a responsive and sensitive administration. Her efforts unfolded the process of reformation involving prison administration, prisoners and the police.
Not letting her swayed by the very nature of mind that is ever running into its own self-chosen, instinct-ploughed ruts; she always attempted to bundle up all the wasteful channels and made the waters of the mind run through definite channels and made it irrigate, the field of the divine within herself.
She broke the barriers of tradition and normalcy and strove to attain noble ideals. She dreamt and had the courage and tenacity to turn her dreams into reality.