Think Vogue and the mind immediately conjures images of men and women dressed in uber cool clothes and the latest trends in fashion. The Vogue Women Of The Year 2018 Awards was no different.
However, the one lady that stood out in her CRPF uniform was 28-year-old Usha Kiran.
While all the other attendees walked the red carpet in their designer gowns, she held her own when she walked in her uniform. Her pictures in the uniform automatically invoke a sense of pride towards the men and women who work tirelessly to defend the country.
Usha has many accolades to her credit, and it is truly befitting that she was chosen for the award this year.
She is the youngest female CRPF officer to be a part of COmmando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) and is currently serving the volatile region of Bastar in Chhattisgarh.
According to a report published by Vogue, upon receiving the Young Achiever Of The Year Award, Usha said, “This award, I would like to say, this is not just to Usha Kiran, it’s for every soldier, every force personnel who are literally putting in their blood and sweat to maintain peace and harmony in the country.”
The lady behind the uniform
Having joined the 232 Mahila Battalion of CRPF during her one-year training course, she requested her seniors to allow her to serve under the male battalion either in an extreme left-wing state, J&K, or the North-East front areas. Not one to shy away from a difficult situation, she has, time and again proved her mettle.
A former national athlete, who represented Delhi in triple jump, she is one of only two women CRPF officers on duty in Bastar.
Hailing from a Gurugram-based family with ties to the CRPF, where her grandfather and father were ex-personnel, Usha said that the villagers feel comforted by her presence.
In a report published in the Hindustan Times, she says, “I talk to the women. They are scared of male cops and officers. But with me, they are more relaxed.”
With the passion and dedication that she brings to the job, it is no surprise that she has been nicknamed ‘Lady Singham’.
May her tribe grow from strength to strength.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)