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Feedback from India: *Goddess of Protection"
Females of India have taken Kiran Bedi's stance to join politics, positively - as now they have "Goddess of Protection" in front of them. In a country where domestic violence and rape is common, many will rely on her to protect them from the wrath of cruel society.
New DEHLI: On Monday night, the proverbial anti-establishment messiah who once towed Indira Gandhi's car away for a parking violation, was announced as BJP's nominee for Delhi CM post. Bedi joined Narendra Modi-led BJP on Thursday and is expected to contest from Krishna Nagar Constituency.
The first woman to join the Indian Police Service, Bedi served with distinction for 35 years and took voluntary retirement in 2007 after being ignored for the top post of Delhi Police. During her tenure, from UN to Mizoram, from Chandigarh to Delhi, she was known for her commendable work. One of her major achievements was improving the condition of the Tihar Jail.
Bedi has won many awards in her professional career. Some of the most noted ones are the United Nations Medal and the Magsaysay award. She also played a pivotal role during the Lokpal movement. Under social activist Anna Hazare's guidance, India Against Corruption shook the political firmament of the country. Bedi was particularly perceived as a hardliner during the negotiation.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Law, a Master degree in Political Science, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from IIT Delhi.
She has written 10 books so far, including one on Tihar Jail and one of the India Against Corruption movement.
Both nationally and internationally, Bedi has been hailed as an inspirational figure. Kiran Bedi has also founded two NGO organisation, Navjyoti India Foundation and India Vision Foundation. Both have played a stellar role in meaningfully impacting live of millions of Indians, specially the downtrodden section.
Yes Madam Sir, a non-fiction feature film produced by filmmaker Megan Doneman is based on Kiran Bedi's life. In 2006, In Gandhi's footsteps was made. The film was based on Bedi and her prison revolution in Tihar Jail. In 2010, Bedi became host of a TV show, Aap Ki Kachehri Kiran Ke Sath. It was a show where Bedi tried to play 'judge' to solve problems between quarrelling individuals. One of the lesser known facts about her is that she was a tennis player par excellence. She was India's No 1 Tennis player for a few years, even winning the Asian Tennis Championship once.
In all, Kiran Bedi has been an icon and role model, revered by many. But with Bedi joining the murky world of politics, she will be judged by the same harsh parameters as other politicians are. Only time will tell if she can slam an ace to silence all her critics.