Madam Commissioner : The Extraordinary Life of an Indian Police Chief – Meeran Chadha Borwankar


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Meeran Chadha Borwankar’s rise through the ranks of the Indian Police Service, from being the only woman trainee in her batch to becoming the first woman District Police Chief in Maharashtra, is as inspiring as it is gripping. Graduating from the Maharashtra cadre in 1981, Meeran Chadha Borwankar went on to hold various important positions in uniformed service including that of Commissioner of Police Pune, Chief of Crime Branch Mumbai, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mumbai, among others. She is easily one of India’s best-known and most accomplished policewomen.

In this tell-all book, Meeran narrates the story of her three-decades-long action-packed and illustrious career, spanning the destabilization of organized crime and established syndicates. The cases she worked on ranged from highly sensitive to highly sensational, and included investigations into Dawood Ibrahim and her sister, Chota Rajan and Haseena Parker. She confronted and grappled with political corruption and played a significant role in law enforcement. Her observations about the hangings of convicted terrorists Ajmal Kasab and Yakub Memon, serve as powerful insights into our country’s complicated criminal justice system.

Meeran’s unputdownable memoirs go beyond investigations and incidents involving delinquent officers, gang crimes, human trafficking, murders, dacoities, rapes, sex scandals, narcotics, riots and terrorism, and draw a rare, realistic picture of what it meant to ‘don the khaki’ in a male-dominated industry, where the very relevance of policewomen was questioned. Madam Commissioner is an incredible story of one policewoman’s grit, courage and sensitivity in the Indian police force.


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