Thirty-eight years ago on the same day, country's first woman IPS officer
Kiran Bedi created history when she led Delhi Police contingent at the Republic
Bedi, the then Assistant Superintendent of Police (Chanakyapuri) at the age of
26, became the first woman to lead a contingent during the prestigious parade in
"...I led the Delhi Police contingent in 1975. First time a woman led a male
parade. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was overjoyed," Bedi wrote on twitter
The 64-year-old activist recalled the day and said she was the "shortest"
heading tall men behind her in Delhi Police contingent. "And as I saluted PM,
Mrs Gandhi stood up cheering! I saw her.
"PM Indira Gandhi was so happy seeing me lead Delhi Police parade in 1975 that
she invited me for breakfast following morning," she said.
She said the then Delhi Police chief was not sure that as a woman she could
lead. "I had to assert for it. And he was happy that I did," she said.
Recalling the parade, she said they practiced many months prior on Rajpath every
morning in the biting cold.
"We marched all 14 Km from Vijay Chowk to Red Fort with sword in hand. Thousands
cheered us all through. The most momentous day of my life," Bedi said.
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