About the Author
Kiran Bedi Ph.D. is a trailblazer, admired and loved by many in India. She broke new ground by joining the élite Indian Police Service in 1972, being the first woman in India to do so. She is today the most celebrated police officer, having been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service, also called the Asian Nobel Prize, 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 were founded and supervised by her—Navjyoti, established in 1988, and the India Vision Foundation in 1994. These organizations reach out to thousands of poor children daily for primary education, to 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, an author and the subject of various books and films.