'Woman' should grow to become critical mass of strength: Kiran Bedi

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New Delhi, Mar 7 (UNI) She is no less and even ahead of men in many respects; she has many of the necessary strengths of a man plus her own special qualities and can be rightly called as ''wo+men'', says India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi about the new-age women as the world celebrates International Women's day tomorrow.

Speaking to UNI exclusively about what Women's Day meant to her, Dr Bedi said, "It's a day full of focus on strengths of women and their potential to offer more. I like it. Women have to become a critical mass with such like focuses as we do on this particular day." Dr Bedi will be celebrating the day by attending various special events. She says she is also excited to be one among 23 eminent persons to recieve the Rashtriya Gaurav award to be given away by the Global Women's Rights Protection tomorrow.

She, however, says an award which has placed her corrective and welfare approach to policing in the larger domain still remains the 1994 Ramon Magsaysay Award, equivalent to the Nobel Peace Prize of Asia. ''It truly traced my consistency in spirit and determination in innovative, cooperative and 'just' policing,'' Dr Bedi avers.

Asked how she feels being the role model of Indian women since decades now, the Magsaysay award winner said, "Well, I did not grow up asking for this status, but I do grow up to continue to live and work in a manner which is fulfilling and for the largest good. I recharge my internal batteries daily and in the process if others also get inspired by me in any way, then I call it a blessing and a grace.'' Concerned over the highly alarmed female foeticide issue, Dr Bedi said, ''this will continue till women get to the decide in matter of reproductivity. It's a long way to go. Law alone cannot correct an entrenched mind-set.'' ''Let us become a critical mass of all our inherent strengths.

Once this awareness covers every part, the world will be happier in all respects. But for this, women must realise their responsibilities and critical contribution,'' she said in her message to women of the country on a day exclusively meant for them.

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