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Discrimination against women prevalent even in high offices

New Delhi, Thu, 26 Jul 2007 Pallavi Sharma

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July 26: With the announcement of the name of next police commissioner of Delhi on Wednesday Kiran Bedi an officer of courage, persistence, and perseverance was left behind by her junior Dadwal in the race of the post. Nothing new. This is quite tuned to the traditions of the Indian society. The phenomenon reflected nothing new just once again highlighted the gender discrimination prevalent even in high offices. The attitude usually practiced my mass in society now incorporated in the top political as well as official arena.

If a highly successful, meritorious woman in the police department faces discrimination at the hands of same government which has made laws against any prejudice against woman how much protected can the common woman feel against this traditional practice. Gender discrimination deep-rooted in the male-dominated Indian society came to surface once again.

Never comfortable with injustice Bedi stood up and voiced against the injustice done to her by overlooking her seniority as well as merit for the top post of the city.

Yudhibir Dadwal will take over as Delhi Police Commissioner on Thursday succeeding K K Paul who is moving to UPSC as a member.

Bedi said that it was not only an individual loss but the loss of the capital and she would leave no stone unturned to fight for it. Definitely it is not the loss of her only but the loss of the Indian women her prestige, her confidence, her stand in society who in spite of riding as high office as President stands no where.

She called it an unfair decision and said that the decision is a compromise on merit and this will send a wrong message for women. She expressed her disappointment over government’s decision.

The decision is definitely not facilitation of the virtues like honesty, dedication devotion one has for one’s service especially that of woman and will promote patronage in high offices.

In political galleries it seems a fine mix of gender discrimination and politics. This is irony for the country that from a somber office a meritorious person is deposed and a controversial is placed due to dissensions of opinion. Definitely citation refers to Presidential elections. Here is politics.

Now the former one dominates. Here is both gender-prejudice and politics. This also reflects to the erased work ethics and sense of duty in bureaucracy where officials opposed to Bedi’s appointment.

Bedi complained of P M being unfair while he has the final word in the cabinet. Question flashes in mind does he really have?

Positive results of her reforms put her ahead of any one. No less feathers decorate her cap. She has been DIG in Mizoram, IG of Chandigarh, Director General of NCB, Inspector General of police at Tihar jail, joint commissioner of police training and special commissioner in-charge of intelligence.

She worked in United Nations, currently director general of BPRD, won Magsaysay Award but is this enough for a woman to prove her worth for a post while having a male-contender?

Let’s hope for the win of Indian women against injustice and discrimination. Whole episode just magnifies the discriminatory treatment meted out to women since their birth, even before than that.

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Anonymous (USA)

July 29, 2007 at 12:00 AM

A month ago the most popular and acclaimed President left the seat as he was straight forward and doing his duty. Now its the most acclaimed Cop and the role model for many Indian women Kiran Bedi could not pursue a post she is most eligible for.

Will there be a change in India even in FUTURE? Stop these politics which is doing no good. Atleast let India be a developed economically succefull country for its 100th independence day.


July 27, 2007 at 12:00 AM

The decision to not choose Kiran bedi as Commissioner clears any doubt from my mind that this government is very uncomfortable with people who are honest and popular among the general public. Look at the presidential election. They denied Kalam a second term because he was people president, he returned those legislation he felt was not right. The same story in case of Kiran Bedi.

Lets turn the heat on this uncaring , tainted politician in 2009 election. They must learn to honor the public sentiments and should not take us for granted. We already have 60 years of bs from them.

Latha and other friends in this group

July 27, 2007 at 12:00 AM

It shows the male dominance and injustice to women.
women society can't tolerate this anymore brutalism.

Anil Nirodi

July 27, 2007 at 12:00 AM

It is no surprise that Kiran Bedi has been side lined for the post with impunity and disregard for the excellent image she has among the Indian citizens. It is certainly not gender discrimination. This incident confirms the pattern of governance of the country which does not encourage honesty, integrity and competence of any one who is not a passenger as opposed to one who makes a difference in what ever responsibilities entrusted to him /her. It would have been extremely inconvenient for the dominant criminals in politics to have a free hand in looting the country and its citizens in every way they can if an upright and fearless police officer is placed in a position of authority like Kiran. This pattern is also in consonance with the impunity with which Manmohan Singh has been leading criminals in his cabinet. Why would these politicians make laws or appoint officers who would make them scoot to the rat holes while being chased by the likes of Kiran Bedi. Her only motivation would be welfare of the people and the interest of the nation, although her jurisdiction would have been confined to UT of Delhi.

rakesh bansal

July 27, 2007 at 12:00 AM

I agree with comment no 1. It is a political posting and never the best candidate is offered the job. I now live in Australia but remember Ms Bedi's performance as "Crane Bedi" which was great success and all the buses and Auto will stay within the Yellow line. However the PM is also equally handicapped not because of coalition alone but the DADAs in his own party.
And in the last I feed sad for Ms Bedi, but she is neither the first nor the last to suffer because of integrity, honesty, courage & professionalism

Rakesh Bansal 27th July 2007 from Sydney


July 27, 2007 at 12:00 AM

I gently differ with the views of Author. Supercop is sidelined/overlooked, not because she is a women, but because she is a honest cop.How will the politicians survive if they have a honest cop at the helm of affairs?!.The Home minister( state) has rudely brushed aside the concerns of the common man, implying that his Govt owes no explanation.Well a time will come in the near future wherein we can turn the tables on these uncaring politicians.Please bear till 2009.


July 26, 2007 at 12:00 AM

yes i agree with the author, india has always been discriminating women even though we got independence from british , indian women never got any rights or independence in the country.indian men should come to u.s and see what respect women gets.they should learn something from u.s men.
i think kiran bedi should fight for it and we all indian women will support her.

Shyam Khurana

July 26, 2007 at 12:00 AM

This is not fair. It is unfortunate that merit is not only the criteria in selection. I think there is another selection criteria that is flexibility for politicians.. Merits should prevail.


July 26, 2007 at 12:00 AM

The presidential election in the name of gender was a folly. This was a crude joke by an Italian mind on the Indian people. Kiran Bedi episode clearly shown the colour of ruling party.

Vishwamitra Singh

July 26, 2007 at 12:00 AM

we all beat around a bush and try to give political overtones to a simple issue. Discremination against women. That is as silly as the contention of the Govt itself. Networking as rightly put by Ms Kiran Bedi is not men or women oriented but has corrupt and honest orientations. All honest and competent people think that dont waste time in irrelevant things,lets us do the job. All dishonest and incompetent people are busy only in networking and plotting against the honest and right meaning person. People who matter are given feeling that they are insecure if the honest person is put in-charge. Kiran Bedi will not listen to the people that to be are power in Delhi. They can not manipulate or control the business, corruption behind the seen and the income arising out of it. You remember foodpoisioning incident during the election in Delhi, which became issue to defeat the rivals. Ms Bedi merit is casuality everywhere in India. You are lucky that you rose to this position because because you are in police force. had you been in Army you would have got superseded as Major. That is the bane of this nation. Had you been incompetent and/or corrupt/pliable, you would have definitely made the grade. I have no doubt that you are the finest of fine police officer but such breed of officers is not admired by corrupt masters. As a political plank it is good to make it a gender discrination. It sells in media which is hell bent upon to divide india veritically down since horinotal division already exists. Imagine India in four segments.

Ramya Menon

July 26, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Women in India do not really want anything special or any reservations but only equality. As a woman in service, I agree Kiran Bedi’s remarks that a kind of networking goes against the basic nature of women. It the fact we work and complete our responsibility in time and go back home to take another responsibility. We have no time and do not socialize after work and have no booze friends as we have to fulfill responsibility at home also. The talks of women upliftment by the ruling Congress and its supporters are hollow and fool the general public in India. An accidental choice or a compromise choice of a woman for any highest post and claiming a woman upliftment is another type of exploitation and mockery. In the case of Kiran Bedi, not only the professional criteria are neglected but also the basic right of a person is compromised. For millions of Indians, Kiran Bedi is the only example to be proud of.


July 26, 2007 at 12:00 AM

It is really very unfair that Bedi have been deprived of becomming Police Commissioner of Delhi. This can happen only in India where politics plays a major role and there is no consideration for sincerity and hard work


July 26, 2007 at 12:00 AM

WELL.. the author is right in raising the point and has hi tright on the nail about the issue.Very true if at this level obvious discrimination protrudes then one can imagine how long will it take to change the mind set of our society. However considering the entire scenario of Ms.Bedi and recent presidential election one thing which srikes the mass is where there is will (read as political will) there is way...



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