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It's Always Possible: One Woman's Transformation of India's Prison System

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Kiran Bedi, PhD

It's Always Possible takes us on an incredible journey from total despair to transformation and hope. It shows us how one woman, Dr Kiran Bedi, changed the lives of thousands of desperate prisoners when she embarked on an awe-inspiring mission to reform one of the largest prison systems in the world–Tihar Central Jail. With compassion, determination, and fearlessness, Dr Bedi, as the first woman Inspector General in India, challenged the corrupt and rigid prison system, transforming the terrible, inhumane conditions of the dungeon-like prison into a virtual ashram.

From the Forward

Serving humanity even beyond the responsibilities of one's daily duty calls for special human beings. Kiran Bedi is one of them.

–His Holiness the Dalai Lama

About the Author

Dr Kiran Bedi, the first woman Inspector General of Tihar prison, the largest prison system in Asia-Pacific, was instrumental in bringing about radical reforms in the Tihar prison system. She has received numerous awards, including The Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asia's Nobel Prize), The Swiss-German Joseph Beuys Award for holistic and innovative management, and the United Nations Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award for drug abuse prevention. She is the founder of two internationally recognized organizations: Navjuoti and the India Vision Foundation, which provide education, training, and counseling services to thousands in some of the poorest sections of India.


Tihar Central Jail was India's toughest prison system, a cesspool of drugs and gang wars, of corruption and extortion by both guards and powerful inmates. These days, thousands of inmates gather in clean, tree-shaded courtyards every morning for prayer and meditation. Voluntary groups were allowed into Tihar for the first time in 35 years to provide counseling, meditation classes, vocational training, legal aid, even entertainment.

–Associated Press

This is no ordinary prison boss. In the seven months as Inspector General of Dehli prisons, she has made a hellish institution humane.

–The Times, London

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1998 (Sterling), Current printing 2006
ISBN: 978-0-89389-258-6
295 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

Women's Studies / Inspiration

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