‘Making of top cop’: Kiran Bedi’s story retold

  • Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 08:57 IST

Ever wondered how India’s first woman police officer Kiran Bedi became a top cop? A new book ‘Making of the top cop’, based on Bedi’s life, has all the answers to your queries about the super cop. It would be released on Tuesday during a function at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bedi’s alma mater.

The first copies, however, would be presented to the priests at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Temple, as Bedi’s book opens with memories of visits to these shrines with her maternal and paternal grandmothers. Not just that, her story has been retold in pictures and has a message for people of all ages.

The tome, the first in a series of illustrated books based on the life of Kiran Bedi, owes its existence to her sisters -- Dr Rita Peshawaria Menon and Anu Peshawaria -- and has been edited by Amrita Behal, Bedi’s god-daughter. The subsequent ones in the series are likely to be penned by the super cop herself.


The book on Bedi’s life would be released on Tuesday in four languages. “There is a proposal to release it in 16 languages, but on Tuesday it is being released in four languages -- Punjabi, Hindi, English and Gujarati,” she said.


“As people, particularly kids, were interested in knowing more and more about my life and I was constantly bombarded with questions about various stages of my life, my sister Dr Rita Peshawaria Menon, an autism expert, conceived the idea of compiling the book.

After her passing, my sister Anu Peshawaria went ahead with the book,” she revealed. She added that moderately priced at `50, the proceeds from the book would go towards Rita Peshawaria Menon Fellowship for autism research.

“Students wanted to know more about my life as a student, a sports woman, a lecturer and later a police officer. This book has been inspired by these queries and holds inspiration for all,” said Bedi.

“I had all the documents needed for compiling this book. Besides, I had all documents pertaining to my family’s archives, pictures of my achievements as a sports woman, inspirational letters from my parents and notes from my father. All of these and much more, including my married life and memories from my career as a cop, have been given the shape of a book by my sisters,” she added.


“It is basically an illustrative story book based on my life. It begins with pictures of my visit to the Golden Temple and Durgiana Temple with my paternal and maternal grandmothers, besides pictures of Jallianwala Bagh where I used to play with my siblings in my childhood as we lived nearby,” Bedi said.

She added that the book also contains fond memories of her days as a student at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, her alma mater.

“The school played an important part in shaping my life. On Tuesday, it celebrates 77 years of its existence in the city, which is indeed a momentous occasion. This is why I chose to release the book there,” she said.

Stating that Olympian Milkha Singh was a big support to her, Bedi said that her book also bears memories of time spent with him.


“My book bears a message for people of all ages -- the children, the youth and the elderly. It is, in fact, history narrated in pictures,” she said.

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