On 31st January 2016 a pall of gloom descended on historical city of Amritsar in Punjab, where noted social activist Brij Bedi spent larger of his life. The noted personality passed away after a brief illness at a private hospital in Gurgaon. According to his wife and former IPS officer Kiran Bedis, "Brij Bedi, 76, was suffering from cancer in the bladder, which affected his kidneys too. He was undergoing treatment for the past five months both in Amritsar and Delhi." A noble soul he dedicated his life towards social causes and played important role in bringing awareness against the menace of drug addiction in Punjab.
Hailing from Dera 'Baba Nanak, Batala, Brij Bedi was deeply attached with the city of Amritsar. He used his photographic skills to highlight the issues affecting the overall development of the city. Social activist and Philanthropist he was the founder of Citizen Forum Vidya Mandir, an institute in Maqboolpura in Amritsar, which provides free education to the kids of victims of drug addiction.
A post graduate in History from Punjab University, Brij got married with Kiran on March 1972. The beautiful couple were soon blessed with a daughter, Saina. An extremely caring husband he all through supported his wife Kiran decision to prepare for civil services examination. He not only agreed with her and but also encouraged her. Soon Kiran Bedi got selected and became India’s first woman IPS officer.
Mr Bedi who was suffering from kidney and breathing problems was airlifted from Fortis-Escorts in Amritsar and brought to Medanta - the Medicity Hospital on January 28. But his condition deteriorated and he died three days later in the presence of his near and dear ones. After his death, Ms Bedi posted a series of tweets paying tributes to her husband.
"City of Amritsar lost a man who loved his city the most. One who gave all his life to the cause of the needy. We will carry (forward) his service.
"He loved his city, Amritsar. Worked passionately to make it better. He educated children of fathers lost to drugs.
"He was very concerned about the problem of drug addiction in Punjab. He was a courageous voice for several causes."
People like Brij Bedi are hard to find who despite odds keep moving to bring change in the life of others. Condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.
Spouse: Dr. Kiran Bedi
Children: Saina Bedi
(FAN OF Mr. BRIJ BEDI)
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