Speaking at a global symposium, India's first woman IPS officer Kiran
Bedi said that had she made some compromises, she would have become the
first woman police chief of the national capital.
Bedi participated in a panel discussion on 'conversations on social
activism' during the day-long symposium titled 'Women changing India',
organised by Barnard College, USA, on Friday.
She talked about how, if she had wanted, she could have become Delhi's
first woman police commissioner. Some bureaucrats and politicians
"conspired" to see that Delhi did not get a woman police chief, she said.
"I could have compromised to become the Delhi CP but I did not. Had I done
so, my self-esteem would have gone down," the cop-turned-activist said.
Other than Bedi, the session had Mirai Chatterjee, director of social
security at Self Employed Women's Association; Shaheen Mistri, founder of
Teach for India and Gita Sen, professor at the Indian Institute of
Management, Bangalore, as speakers.
"Women are critical stakeholders in India. They are leaders in their
communities, in economic development, in activist movements, in corporate
board rooms – their influence is really at the heart of everything
happening here," said Debora Spar, president of Barnard College.
The panel talk on 'Voices of the region' highlighted major contributors to
arts and media in India, and speakers included Nandita Das, Farah Khan,
journalist Mallika Kapur and Brinda Somaya, architect and conservationist.
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