Here are two inspiring Indians who made the country proud:
1. Born into a Dalit Mahar family, he was considered impure; he was not allowed to worship in the temples; he was not allowed to drink from the same well, drink from the same cup at the tea stall or wear shoes in the presence of a higher caste, he refrained from receiving education and was often humiliated and mistreated by the caste community tall. Despite all the challenges and difficulties of him, he was the FIRST PERSON of his caste to get a college degree in India. He later attended the London School of Economics and Columbia University in the US for further studies and became the FIRST Minister of Law of the Government of India in 1947.
He was an Indian jurist, social reformer, politician, speaker, Buddhist activist, writer, philosopher, economist, scholar and publisher who fought for the rights of the ‘untouchable’ caste, opposed social discrimination, played a pivotal role in the movement India’s independence, bought labor reforms, fought for women’s rights, and introduced famine allowances, leave allowances, insurance for employees, and medical leave for workers. Yes, you guessed it right… he is the father of Indian constitution Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Why he’s a HERO: – Introduced a job reservation system for members of the ‘untouchables’ now known as scheduled castes and tribes in schools, universities and civil services so he arguably earned respect of others for raising a voice against injustice with people of backward class.
Life lessons: stop playing the victim game. Be master of your destiny.
2. In the 1970s, working in a male-dominated field like the Indian Police Service (IPS) was a challenging task, but he broke stereotypes and earned a place in this unconventional profession. Yes, she is the FIRST and highest female IPS officer and the FIRST Indian to be appointed UN Civilian Police Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Dr. Kiran Bedi.
In 1972, Dr. Bedi joined the services of IPS, after which she served as Deputy Inspector General of Police in Mizoram, Adviser to the Lieutenant Governor in Chandigarh, Traffic Commissioner in New Delhi, Inspector General in Tihar Jail and Deputy General of the Narcotics Control Office. During her tenure of more than four decades, her most valuable contribution was when she served as the Inspector General of Delhi’s Tihar Jail (one of the harshest prisons in Asia), where she purchased various reforms for prisoners, including music, meditation, yoga, sports, prayers. her education at all levels, arts and crafts, festival celebration, holistic medicine and childcare, for which she received the Raman Magsaysay award in 1994.
Why she’s a HERO: – Yet in a traditionally male-dominated career, she faced enormous challenges including social disbelief, confidence in women’s leadership abilities, high stress, cultural expectations, and many more ; she not only stood out in her career, but she advanced faster than others, thus she set an example for many other women to follow.
Life lesson – What makes you different makes you beautiful. Trust yourself and your abilities.