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Kiran Bedi

Personal Profile

  • Maiden name: Kiran Peshawaria
  • Born in Amritsar, Punjab on 9 June 1949.
  • Parents: Prakash Lal and Prem Lata
  • Sisters: Shashi, Reeta and Anu
  • Spouse: Brij Bedi
  • Children: Saina (born- Sukriti)


    • School: Sacred Heart Convent and Cambridge College, Amritsar
    • BA (Hons) English, 1968 from Government College for Women, Amritsar
    • MA Political Science, 1970, Punjab University, Chandigarh
    • L.L.B., 1988 from Law Faculty, Delhi University
    • Ph.D., 1993 from Department of Social Sciences, IIT Delhi
    • Honorary Doctorate of Law, 2005 from CUNY School of Law, New York, USA

    Professional profile:

    • Politician, Social Activist, Reformer, Retired Police Officer
    • Years in government service: 1972-2007 (35 years)
    • Rank at the time of retirement: Director General of Police
    • Present Occupation: Politics. Member - Bharatiya Janata Party

    Awards and Recognitions:

    1979: ‘President’s Police Medal for Gallantry’ from President of India
    1994: ‘Ramon Magsaysay Award’ from Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, Philippines
    1995: ‘Lion of the Year’ from Lions Club, KK Nagar
    1999: ‘Pride of India’ from American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin
    2004: ‘United Nations Medal’ from United Nations
    2006: ‘Most Admired Woman in the Country’ from The Week
    2013: ‘Nomura Award’ from Nomura Group
    Apart from these better known awards, Kiran Bedi has been felicitated with several other awards over the last four decades.

    Sports Achievements

    Kiran Bedi has participated in a number of coveted tennis championships and has won accolades for her performance as a tennis player.

    Police Career Highlights (1972-2007):

    1972: Joined Indian Police Services (IPS), became first woman to do so.
    1975: Led the Police Contingent at the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.
    1978: Led the lathi charge against two groups of violent Sikh protesters, bravely handled the situation. She was awarded the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry.
    1980: As DCP (Traffic), became famous as ‘Crane Bedi’. She supported the towing away of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi’s car that was wrongly parked.
    1993: Took over as Inspector General – Prison and was made in charge of the high profile Tihar Jail in New Delhi. She managed to make Tihar a model prison and undertook major reformist measures to rehabilitate prisoners.

    For her initiatives, she won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1993 .
    2003: Was appointed to the United Nations, as an adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. She was recognised for her contribution.
    2005: Returned from the UN to a hostile lawyer’s lobby that opposed her return. She was made Director General-Home Guards and later Director General-Bureau of Police Research and Development.
    2007: Despite being a strong contender for becoming the Police Commissioner of Delhi, she was superseded by a younger YS Dadwal.
    She resigned from Police service in November 2007.

    Social Activism and Politics

    2007: Founded Navjyoti India Foundation, provided residential treatment to over 20,000 drug and alcohol addicts till date, Set up vocational training programmes.
    Since 1994,India Vision Foundation was set up to work for police and prison reforms, women’s empowerment and community development.
    From 2008-2011, Kiran Bedi hosted a reality TV show called Aap Ki Kachehri.
    2010: To expose the irregularities in CWG contracts she joined Anna Hazare and other activists in the India Against Corruption movement in 2011. She left the group once Arvind Kejriwal formed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2012.
    2015: Joined the BJP as its Chief Ministerial candidate for the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections.

    Arvind Kejriwal

    Personal Profile

    • Born in Siwani, Haryana on 16August 1968
    • Parents: Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi
    • Spouse: Sunita Kejriwal
    • Children: 2


    • School: Campus School in Hisar, Christian Missionary School in Sonepat
    • B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur

    Professional Profile

    1989: Joined Tata Steel; but resigned in 1992 to prepare for the Civil Services Exam
    1995: Joined Indian Revenue Service (IRS)
    2000: Took study leave from government and rejoined in 2003. Worked for 18 months and then took unpaid leave for another 18 months.
    2006: In February, he resigned from his position as Joint Commissioner of Income Tax government service.
    2013: Became the 7thChief Minister of Delhi. Term lasted 49 days.

    Recognition and Awards

    2006: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership

    Social Activism and Politics

    Kejriwal Initiated a movement calledParivartanto help people get their grievances addressed by govt. officials.

    Was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006 for his work as a RTI activist.

    He was a member of the Civil Society committee, appointed by the Government of India, for drafting the Jan Lokpal Bill during the India Against Corruption movement.

    Decided to launch the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on 12 November 2012.
    Became the 7th Chief Minister of Delhi and took office on 28 December 2013.
    Kejriwal along with his ministry, resigned on 14 February 2014, over not being allowed to table the Lokpal Bill.

    He is once again fighting the forthcoming Delhi Assembly elections due to be held on 7thFebruary 2015, as the Chief Ministerial candidate from AAP.

    Ajay Maken

    Personal Profile

    • Born in Delhi on 12 January 1964.
    • Spouse: Radhika Maken
    • Children: One son & two daughters


    • School: St. Xavier’s, Delhi
    • B.Sc. Chemistry (Hons) from Delhi University

    Political Career:

    1985: President, Delhi University Student’s Union (DUSU)
    1993: Member, Delhi Legislative Assembly (three times)
    1993: General Secretary, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee
    1997: General Secretary, Indian Youth Congress
    1999: Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister of Delhi
    2001: Cabinet Minister, Transport, Power & Tourism, Government of Delhi
    2003: Speaker, Delhi Legislative Assembly
    2004: Elected to 14thLok Sabha and served as Member of several committees
    2004: Secretary, All India Congress Committee
    2006: Union Minister of State, Urban Development
    2007: In-charge for Odisha and Jharkhand
    2009: Re-elected to the 15thLok Sabha (second term)
    2009: Union Minister of State, Home Affairs
    2011: Union Minister of State, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
    2012: Cabinet Minister, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
    2013: General Secretary, Indian National Congress
    2015: Chairman of the party’s 101-member campaign committee for Delhi Assembly polls and a CM aspirant.


    Ajay Maken comes from a family with a long history of public service. His grandfather late O.P. Maken was a freedom fighter and his uncle Lalit Maken, an upcoming politician and trade union leader, fell to an assassin’s bullet during the peak of Sikh militancy in the 80s.

    Showing keen interest in politics since his college days, he became the youngest DUSU President, while still studying in the final year of his Bachelor’s programme in college.

    Major Career initiatives

    As Minister for Urban Development, Maken regularised several colonies and also introduced relief measures like granting permission to add an additional floor to private residences (ground + 3 floors).

    As a Transport Minister, he was behind the successful introduction of CNG in Delhi’s public and private transport.

    As a Minister for Power, he introduced several reforms that brought relief to consumers, especially in Delhi.

    As a Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, tabled the Sports Bill in 2011, He was also responsible for bringing various sports federations under the RTI Act.

Last Updated on February 5, 2015