New Delhi32 minutes agoAuthor: Aishwarya Sharma
UP Police Inspector Dr. Ranjana Gupta, 43, is currently stationed in Agra. She is the head trainer and international shooter of the police shooting team.
It was not easy to reach this trip. The first challenge among Ranjana’s dreams was her own family. The reason is that she is a girl. Know, the story of Ranjana’s struggle, in her own words.
daddy didn’t want me to be a shooter
I wanted to be a shooter since childhood, but my father didn’t like it. It was because I’m a girl. He thought the girls should focus on household chores. We are 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
My brother went to a good school. But when I became something, I also supported my sisters. Today, the three of us sisters hold government jobs while the brothers hold private jobs.
On the other hand, shooting is an expensive sport. There is no shooting range in Uttar Pradesh for the level of shooter I am. It takes 20 to 30,000 rupees for 1 hour of coaching. I couldn’t spend that much. So I had suppressed my dream somewhere.
studied with my own money
When I objected to my father’s decision, he said that I wouldn’t even pay for my studies. But I wanted to become something by reading and writing.
To raise money for my studies, I set up a shop on the sidewalk and sold merchandise. For this too I had to bear my father’s anger, but I did not lose my courage. During special festivals like Rakshabandhan, Holi, Diwali good income has been earned. This would have saved money for the year’s fees. By doing that, I moved up to 12th.
When I was studying for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, I studied half the time and coached the kids half the time. I did a doctorate in education.
wanted to join the police to help people
As a child, there was a chowki near our house. I liked it when I saw officers in uniform. People had a lot of respect for the police back then.
Seeing them every day, I used to think that if I joined the police, I could help a lot of people. Many women are unable to openly express their opinions to male police officers. But if a victim is in front of a policewoman, she feels comfortable.
I have solved many such cases in which the privacy of girls was preserved. I’m happy to do what I thought.
Dr. Ranjana Gupta is from Kanpur. In 2007, he was recruited into the UP Police.
After joining the police, the dream of becoming a shooter came true.
I joined UP Police in 2007. After that I started shooting. I was then 25 years old. Even though I started very late in this field, I am happy that I focused on my goal and won bronze medal at All India Police Sports Shooting in 2008 only after 1 year.
It was UP Police’s first medal in shooting. When I was selected in the police, there was no shooter in the department. In such a situation, I began to practice shooting myself. At that time there was no national level facility for filming here.
Won medals in many national and international championships
I’m a 300m rifle shooter. Previously, I participated in championships with a rental rifle. I won many medals in UP Police Championship as well as State Championship, National Shooting Championship, World Police Games, South Korea World Championship and Indo International Shooting Championship- bhutanese.
In 2015, Dr. Ranjana Gupta received the “Rani Laxmibai Award”.
Father realized the mistake after winning the medal
When I won the first medal, the journalists had arrived at my house. The public also supported me a lot. I was not at home then.
When he asked my dad that your daughter brought a medal, how do you feel? Then he realized his mistake that if the girl had been taken care of earlier, she would have been far ahead today.
Medals won without coaching
Mom has been very supportive of me throughout this journey. He never refused what I wanted to do. However, his words were not even heard in the house. When I started training, I was shooting without a coach. In fact, I bought a book.
It was only after reading that I got to know the nuances of shooting and the rules of national and international shooting. I used to practice shooting for 13 hours earlier, but later I learned that you need to be in good physical shape to shoot. After that, I also gave time to my fitness.
When some money was accumulated, a physiotherapist was hired. He told me the exercises according to the shooting. 2 years ago I hired the trainer. Now I’m training for the 2022 World Championships.
Bought a gun by depositing money and salary
I received a rifle worth Rs 13 lakh 50 thousand from Switzerland with the money deposited in the championship and salary.
I even built myself a shooting range. But the problems are not easily solved. When my dream came true, I went to Vaishno Devi and the shooting range caught fire from behind.
In this incident, my rifle was also burned. At that time, I was suffering from depression. The career was going well. There were 2 last tries left at the Olympics. I couldn’t attend because of the fire.
Dr. Ranjana Gupta is also the head trainer of the police shooting team.
Adopted a girl and made a shooter
I am single and adopted a daughter. Today he is also in the police and is also a national shooter. She also received the “Rani Laxmibai Award”.
I can adopt any number of girls for shooting and teach them to shoot for free. Supporting girls is very important.
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