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Kiran Bedi- First and Highest ranking Indian Woman


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, with her
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 1972.

Won All-India Hard Court Tennis Championship in 1974.

Won All India Interstate Women's Lawn Tennis Championship held at
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 Anu Peshawaria.

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 films.
She is today a very sought after inspirational speaker in India and abroad.
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.


Kiran Bedi


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