First Woman IPS officer in charge of CM’s security – Subashini Sankaran

24 November 2016

Subashini Sankaran, India’s first woman IPS officer, who took charge of security for Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonawal, in July 2016

Subashini comes from a South Indian middle class family with roots in Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. her father worked in the industrial safety department of a private company. none of her family member has ever worked for the police, her mother is a home maker and her sister an entrepreneur in the USA

In the 1980s her parents moved to Bombay, where she did her schooling in Thane. Subashini earned degree in sociology from St. Xaviersand M.Phil degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

Her M Phil dissertation at Jawaharlal Nehru University on women and terrorism – she studied the suicide bomber squads of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). IT helped her understand law and order within a broader political and sociological framework.

While in JNU, Subashini started preparing for the UPSC exams. In 2010, Subashini cracked the UPSC Mains examination with rank 243, reports IAS Passion. After qualifying to become an IPS officer, Subashini underwent training at the Sardar Vallabhai Police Academy in Hyderabad.

It was a new thing for everybody but people slowly adapted to being comfortable about having a lady police officer as the chief minister’s head of security,  Subashini told News 18

Looking after the security of the chief minister – mapping out the routes, coordinating with the teams that provide close proximity protection, briefing and debriefing the personnel – is a full-time job, and 15-18 hour shifts aren’t uncommon for Subashini. In her downtime she reads biographies and listens to jazz and folk music to unwind Reports News18.

Image Source: News18 (L); Subashini Sankaran Fb profile picture.


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