Eden Subba (52) is the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) and the proud recipient of the prestigious President’s Police Medal for meritorious service. The medal was conferred upon her by the Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad during the state-level Republic Day celebration at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok.
She is presently posted as ASP (2nd Indian Reserve Battalion) at Pipalay in West Sikkim.
Daughter of Late Kirtiman Limboo and Pethi Bhutia, Subba is one of the police officers who symbolizes woman power in the force. With over 33 years of service in Sikkim Police and completing two UN Missions, Subba carries a zeal and enthusiasm to live on the motto of Sikkim Police– ‘To Serve and Protect’
She speaks with SIKKIM CHRONICLE on her journey, interest and policing.
SIKKIM CHRONICLE: Congratulations on being conferred with the President’s Police Medal. Does it motivate you?
EDEN SUBBA: It does! I think appreciation encourages everyone; it boosts your confidence to work better.
I am thankful to my department, senior officials, colleagues, friends and family who have always been a constant support in different phases of my life. I am both, happy and elated to receive this award.
SC: Tell us about your childhood and education.
ES: I am from Namcheybong village near Pakyong Subdivision in East Sikkim. I studied at St Xavier’s, Pakyong, till class X and then completed schooling from Paljor Namgyal Girls Senior Secondary School, Gangtok after which I the joined the police force. I was lucky to be raised under the guidance of my caring parents and loving siblings. All I am today is because of their unconditional support.
SC: What motivated you to join Sikkim Police? Which year did you join?
ES: My ambition was to become a doctor, therefore I had taken Science in my plus two, but my father had a big desire to see me as a police officer in uniform. I still remember my father giving an example of Ongmu Bhutia, who then was one of the first batches of women police officers. Sikkim police had just started recruiting women in Sub Inspector’s post. I passed the examination in the year 1987 and was sent for a yearlong training at Phillaur in Punjab.
SC: Where was your first posting?
ES: My first-ever posting was as Probationary Sub Inspector (PSI) in Reserve Lines. Thereafter, I was posted in Crime, Sadar Thana (Gangtok). For many years I was attached with the advance security team of the former chief ministers, late NB Bhandari and Sanchaman Limboo. I enjoyed all my postings as there was so much to learn from the seniors.
SC: In 2003 and 2016 you got selected for UN Mission in Kosova and Sudan, respectively. Tell us about your experience?
ES: A police officer who wants to go for the UN Mission has to appear for a series of interviews. It gives an opportunity to work, understand and learn many aspects of policing with police counterparts from other countries. It helps to brush your professional skills. My experience of working in these two countries was overwhelming as well as learning. It was as a whole new experience and exposure.
SC: Presently, how do you see women participation in Sikkim Police?
ES: I still remember people giving us a surprised look when we used to walk in uniform, as there were very less lady police officers in Sikkim Police. The scenario has completely changed; nowadays women aren’t hesitant to join the forces. There are women police officers who head police stations in Sikkim. We see many women getting recruited at par with me not only in the police, but other forces too. Given an opportunity, women can equally prove at par with men. Tell me any area in which women do not have a representation!
SC: What do you do apart from policing?
ES: I love photography; it’s my passion. I love to capture moments. As I also love travelling, I am more into nature photography. I make a point to carry my camera whenever I travel. I too love listening to songs especially ghazals during my leisure time.
SC: Who motivates you?
ES: Anyone who radiates positive energy. I have a small circle of friends who have always stood by me through thick and think. They are my biggest support. My motivation comes from them as they do not judge me in any sense.
SC: What is your retirement plan?
ES: I want to be a full-time photographer without an iota of doubt. I want to travel and see the world.
SC: Your message to others.
ES: Life is too short for regrets. Instil positivity, be happy and spread happiness.