Here are two inspiring Indian who made the country proud:-
1. Born in a Dalit Mahar family he was considered impure; wasn’t allowed to worship in temples; wasn’t permitted to drink from the same well, drink from the same cup in tea stall or wear shoes in the presence of an upper caste, refrained from getting an education and often humiliated and ill-treated by high caste community. Despite all the challenges and difficulties, he was the FIRST PERSON from his caste to get a college degree in India. He later attended the London School of Economics and the Columbia University in the US for further studies and become the FIRST Law Minister of the government of India in 1947.
He was an Indian jurist, social reformer, politician, orator, Buddhist activist, writer, philosopher, economist, scholar and editor who fought for the rights of the ‘untouchable’ caste, opposed social discrimination, played an instrumental role in India’s Independence movement, bought labour reforms, fought for women rights and introduced dearness allowances, leave allowances, employee insurance, and medical leaves for workers. Yes, you guessed it right… he is Father of Indian Constitution Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Why is he a HERO?: – He introduced a system of reservation of jobs for the members of ‘untouchables’ now known as scheduled caste and scheduled tribes in schools, colleges, and civil service for which he arguable gained wide respect of others for raising voice against injustice with people of backward class.
Life lessons- Stop playing the victim game. Be a master of your destiny.
2. Way back in the 1970s working in a male-dominated field like Indian Police Service (IPS) was a challenging task but he broke the stereotypes and earned a niche for herself in this unconventional profession. Yes, she is the FIRST and highest woman ranking female IPS officer and FIRST Indian to be appointed United Nation’s civilian police advisor in the Department of Peacekeeping operations Dr. Kiran Bedi.
In 1972, Dr. Bedi joined IPS services after which she served as Deputy Inspector General of Police in Mizoram, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor in Chandigarh, Traffic commissioner of New Delhi, Inspector General in Tihar Jail and Deputy General of Narcotics Control Bureau. During her tenure of more than four decades, her most valuable contribution was while serving as Inspector General of Tihar Jail of Delhi (one of the toughest jails in Asia) where she bought several reforms for the prisoners including music meditation, yoga, sports, prayers education at all levels, art and craft, festival celebration, holistic medicine and care for children for which she was facilitated with Raman Magsaysay award in 1994.
Why is she a HERO?: – In traditionally male-dominated career she faced enormous challenges’ like societal disbelief, trust in woman’s leadership skills, high stress, cultural expectations and many more, however; she not just excelled in her career but moved up faster than others thereby setting an example for many other females to follow.
Life lesson- What makes you different makes you beautiful. Trust yourself and your abilities.