Long before she became famous for her work as a Police Officer,
Kiran Bedi was hitting the headlines on the sports page for her
achievements on the tennis court. Her father Prakash Peshawaria,
an excellent tennis player himself, trained all his daughters to
excel at the game. Kiran and her younger sister Reeta won many titles
together. Anu, the youngest of the sisters, represented the country
at Wimbledon, Asian Games, Universiad and won the National Championship
thrice. She was ranked India's No. 1 for a number of years.
These are a few of Kiran's personal landmarks on the tennis courts
Won the All-India intervarsity tennis title for three years running,
younger sister Reeta Peshawaria.
Won Junior National Lawn Tennis Championship held at Amritsar,
Punjab in 1966.
Won Asian Lawn Tennis Championship held at Pune, Maharashtra in
Won All-India Hard Court Tennis Championship in 1974.
Won All India Interstate Women's Lawn Tennis Championship held
New Delhi in 1975.
Won National Women's Lawn Tennis Championship at Chandigarh in
Won many Zonal and State lawn tennis championships all over the
country from 1965 to 1978.
Represented India twice against Sri Lanka and won the Lionel Fonseka
Memorial Trophy for the country.
Won the first-ever women's festival sports title for Delhi in 1976
bagging three gold and two silver medals with her younger sister
Kiran Bedi is a trailblazer, admired and loved by many in India.
She broke new ground by joining the élite Indian Police Service
in 1972, the first woman in India to do so. Her humane and fearless
approach has contributed greatly to innumerable innovative policing
and prison reforms.
She is today the most celebrated police officer, having been awarded
the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service, also called the
Asian Nobel Prize, (may Click for Acceptance Speech), the Joseph
Beuys Award by a German foundation and the Asia Region Award for
Drug Prevention & Control by the International Organization
of Good Templars (IOGT) a Norwegian organization.
Besides her professional contributions, two voluntary organizations
founded and supervised by her — Navjyoti, set up in 1988 and
India Vision Foundation in 1994, reach out to thousands of poor
children daily for primary education; women for adult literacy;
provide vocational training and counseling services in the slums,
rural areas and inside the prison apart from treatment for drug
addiction. She and her organizations today stand nationally and
internationally recognized, with the latest award being given by
the United Nations — the Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award for
drug abuse prevention.
Born into an extraordinary family with visionary parents, Kiran
is the second of four daughters. She has been an Asian Tennis Champion,
holds a law degree, has a Doctorate in the field of drug abuse and
domestic violence, is an author and subject of various books and
She is today a very sought after inspirational speaker in India
We, at Value Web have the honour of presenting Kiran Bedi, a role
model in many respects for womanhood, and a proud citizen of India.
In polls conducted by the "The Week"( 2002) Kiran Bedi
was voted as the most admired woman in the country, 5th most admired
Indian and one of the 15 Indian Icons of 2006.