I’ll be delighted if people take inspiration from my uniform: Kashmir first lady IPS officer and her story

India is breaking its gender biased limits as women in India are ready to leave their steps behind in every field for coming generation. Be it in bureaucracy or politics or the prestigious police force, women are a mark almost equal to men in all these fields.

Today, we are going to talk about the first ever IPS officer from the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Ruveda Salam. Starting her career as a doctor, she successfully cleared the UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) exam and fulfilled her father’s longtime ambition.

She was raised in Kuprawa district of Kashmir and became the first IPS officer from the valley. She is an MBBS doctor from a government college of Srinagar.

Whilst she was studying her medicine, she used to take time to somehow to prepare for these exams and she cleared the Kashmir State Administrative Service exam. Later on, she preferred to prepare for UPSC rather than doing PG in medicine.

As a young ACP, Ruveda has given motivational speeches to the youth, particularly girls. She encourages girls from Kashmir to appear for these or any other exams and do some.

“I am in a state where people respect the police. I like it here (Tamil Nadu). When girls see me in uniform they look at me with admiration. I had conducted a workshop for girls in Hyderabad. The girls who attended said they wanted to join the IPS, but were apprehensive about whether their parents will support them,” Ruveda said as quoted by Your Story.

Kashmir has been a place completely oblivious to peace from quite a long time. Despite of so many efforts from the Indian government, regular breaching of conduct by Pakistani government resulted in peace getting abolished in the place. Talking on it, “Peace and development go together. We should look to the future. Living outside has helped me understand the situation better,” said Ruveda.

Talking about the job she’s going to take up very soon, She said that the training in Hyderabad was very hard physically but she has somehow managed to join the IPS cadre in Tamil Nadu.

“As I have cleared the UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) exam for the second time, I will have to go for training again depending on the cadre. I think I will be posted as a sub-collector. Last year, I was selected to the Indian Police Service cadre. I went for training to Hyderabad. The training was very strenuous. Physically it was very hard. I joined the IPS cadre in Tamil Nadu and was posted as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Chennai,” Ruveda said.

She has now become an inspiration for many youths who dream to be IAS or IPS. She has achieved what others dream of. Many people read her inspirational story and get motivated. Let’s praise her for a big achievement.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.