Kiran Bedi: “From a Prison to an Ashram”

December 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Kiran Bedi was one of India’s top cops and was voted the most trusted person in the country.  In telling her story, she said that she, “didn’t mean to be different from the men, but it was different because I was different.”  She made a name as a proponent of tough, equal policing when she famously gave the Prime Minister a parking ticket!  To keep her from giving citations to any more VIPs, she was assigned to a prison: 10,000 prisoners, of which 600 were women and 9,400 were men.

On the first day of work, she said, “I asked them if they wanted to pray, and they said yes.  So I prayed for them, and things started to change.”  She started a mandatory prisoner education program with no budget, using prisoner volunteers as teachers.  She instituted meditation practice and a suggestion box and turned the facility “from a prison to an ashram.”

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