Usha Rada is Ahmedabad’s lady cop, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) from Zone 2. She is known for driving fear into the hearts of hardened criminals. Rada is popular as one of the most strict female cops in the Gujarat Police. When posted as ACP (Women Crime Branch) of Ahmedabad, she added a number of feathers to her cap by cracking serious cases, including sex rackets and human trafficking.
What is your favourite word?
"Paramaathma" (Divine) is my favourite word. It just makes me feel good. I am a spiritual person as well, and that word attracts a part of me within. I feel calmer and content when I think of it.
What was the moment in your life that made you Blossom into the person you are today?
There isn't one moment. Especially when you live the life of a police officer. You keep facing new challenges every single day. We don't have a particular routine. Different days, different problems and you need to deal with every one of them differently. You might have seen how the police chase down the criminals in movies, how they outsmart the criminals and arrest them - these are things that happened a lot of times in my career. When a crime occurs in a rural region with no cameras or other forms of digital surveillance, it can be tough to investigate. You need to entirely depend on theorizing and conversing with people. These problems need to be approached differently to solve the crime. My profession has shaped me into the person you see today. It isn't one moment; it rather is everything that is happening every day that contributes to the lessons I learn and the person I am becoming.
What would you want the young boys & girls to learn from your journey?
All I want to tell the young generation is that if you want to be successful in life, you need to work hard. You can call it working hard, or you call it struggle - both mean the same, the language changes our perception. Whatever you want to do, do it with all your heart. Often, we put the best of our efforts to achieve something and once we achieve it, we stop putting in the same kind of effort. We neglect things and ignore the results. Achievements mean nothing if you cannot be consistent in your efforts. Awards, achievements, and recognition do not define success. It is defined by the consistency of your efforts irrespective of anything.