“A poet by passion, a police officer by profession and a wild life lover at all times, Tejdeep Kaur Menon was enlisted to the Indian Police Service in 1983. She has served in different capacities, presently serving as Director General of Police heads the Telangana State Special Protection Force and the Government Printing and Stationary Departments. She has published four anthologies so far which apart from women’s empowerment include poems about conservation of Nature and protection of its biodiversity. Tejdeep is deeply involved in Conservation and Rejuvenation of Water Bodies and Forest areas. Under her leadership the TSSPF has adopted the Ameenpur Lake, Fox Sagar and Ananthagiri reserve forests and initiated measures to ensure they remain as bird sanctuaries without being lost to urbanization.Her list of awards, achievements and credentials seem to be the endless one.She was posted as the first woman officer to be the DIG of Police of a range in Andhra Pradesh and accredited as a trainer of Springboard Consultancy, U.K. Paul Harris Fellowship for distinguished contribution in tackling crime against women, welfare of policemen and social work, including blood and eye donation campaigns, T. L. Kapadia award for 2002 by the government of Andhra Pradesh in recognition of distinguished social work through blood and eye donation campaigns. The Golden Jubilee Fellowship of the Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy in 2003 for the yearlong sabbatical study on “The Changing Paradigm of Crimes Against Women in India”, IRTE Prince Philip International Award for Road Safety 2006 in recognition of numerous initiatives implemented facing several odds in creating awareness about road safety and traffic regulations.
Further, in recognition of her contribution, the WHO invited her to author the chapter on two-wheeler injury prevention in its global manual on road safety and community leader commendation by the Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society and State Blood Transfusion Council in 2012. She has been awarded In recognition of her creative skills, the Charles Wallace Fellowship by the British Council to participate in the Cambridge Literature Seminar and Poetry Festival at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2003. The creative side of her has published four anthologies – Caught In A Stampede(1995), Five Feet Seven And A Half Inches (1997), Minnaminni (2001) and Oysters In Pain ( 2004) – which have been appreciated and acknowledged by literary critics and journals in India and abroad. Inspired by three of her poems dancers have transformed them into theatrical dance productions – What About Me? (1999), An Easel Called Life (2002) and Porous Earth (2015). While the first two were put on boards by Bharatanatyam danseuse Ananda Shankar the third is a choreographed presentation by the veteran and accomplished Bharatanatyam exponent Hemamalini Arni.”
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