Kiranís Udan has just begun

The editorial, ďKiranís Udan is not over: Her giving up the uniform is loss!Ē (Nov 29) was timely. Her seeking voluntary retirement from the IPS has dispirited many girls and women who look up to her as their true icon. Her contribution to jail reforms and traffic management is highly commendable.

She was denied the prestigious post of Delhi Police Commissioner; it shows how difficult it is for women to strive in this male-dominated society. Despite her ability and commitment towards the profession and people, a dedicated officer was let down due to the indifferent attitude of the powers that be. But for a lady of her stature, its not the end of the road. Itís just the beginning of her new ĎUdaní.




Kiran Bedi had an eventful career in the IPS. She reached the peak of her career with hard work, simplicity, honesty and unique administrative skills. Her writings in The Tribune and her autobiography are a must read pieces for career women.

Remarkably, her critics failed to tarnish her image or label her with inefficient tag. She has struggled enough in manís world and has shown the path to be followed by the coming generations. The degradation of moral values in society affects women much more than men. With her expertise, she may start new ventures and continue her volunteer work. She is indeed an asset like our former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.



Kiran Bediís request for voluntary retirement from the IPS, if approved, would be a loss for the police force. However, it will be a gain for civil society which needs her services most.

The editorial aptly suggests that ďthe best way she can now serve the country is by smoothening the path of girls like her who are eager to make their mark in a male-dominated world.Ē

Lt-Col ONKAR CHOPRA (retd), New Delhi


In the first place, Y.S. Dhadwal, two years junior to Kiran Bedi in the IPS, should not have superseded her as the Delhi Police Commissioner. Supersession affected Kiran Bediís morale and thatís why she has sought voluntary retirement.

Even now, President Pratibha Patil can intervene and undo the wrong by appointing her as the Delhi Police Commissioner so that the nation doesnít lose the services of an illustrious officer much before her superannuation.



The editorial was interesting, but I humbly believe that Kiran Bedi giving up uniform is not a loss. In the humdrum of todayís political system, no officer is indispensable. Life goes on as indeed it must and nature has its own way of filling up the vacuum, if any.

The Magsaysay award winner is also known to have breached the code of discipline on quite a few occasions in her chequered career.

Dr M.K. BAJAJ, Zirakpur


On one hand, the Centre talks of womenís empowerment by promising them 33 per cent reservation in Parliament and state legislatures and, on the other, it gives shabby treatment to a dedicated IPS officer like Kiran Bedi.

Her decision to retire will, certainly, demoralise the countryís young girls and women who aspire to become IAS or IPS officers and serve the nation.

IQBAL SINGH, Bijhari (Hamirpur)

Tax-free income

According to reports, the Union Finance Ministry is considering enhancement of the limit of tax-free income from the present Rs 1.10 lakh to Rs 1.40 lakh and to that effect, the next yearís Budget might bring cheers to the salaried class.

It would be more beneficial to the taxpayers if the Ministry reduces the upper tax rate from 30 per cent to 20 per cent and by keeping the tax-free income at the same slab.

PANKAJ K. GUPTA, Kurukshetra

Nandigram: onus on CM

The Prime Minister, the West Bengal Governor and the Kolkata High Court have all voiced concern about Nandigram. But the Chief Minister and his CPM are yet to express regret over the carnage.

The Indian Marxists are experts in teaching morality, truthfulness and honesty to the general public and the politicians, but they themselves seldom follow these in their day-to-day life. Will they read the lessons from history and implement the spirit of Marxism by resigning from the government? They wonít. They too understand the coalition compulsions!

R.S. BRAR, Ludhiana 



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