Scholar of extraordinary insight, Dr. Radhika Nagrath has dedicated her life as an advocator of ‘Indianness’ through keynote addresses and writings. She explored the Indianness of the Indian writer in English, Swami Vivekananda, his intense awareness of entire culture of India, through her book titled, ‘The known philosopher the unknown poet’. ‘Shanti ki talash mein zindagi’ is another book of hers released by the Governor of Uttarakhand at Rajbhawan on Hindi diwas. She edited the book ‘Common Man’s PM: Narendra Modi’ published by Prabhat Prakashan and contributed chapters citing success journey of Modi ji from Chief Minister to Prime Minister.
She is a regular speaker in International Yoga festivals for the past one decade and she has guided thousands with her talks on this ancient Indian science. An active social worker, she has founded her own social media group ‘ISMR’ (I share my Roti) through which she is reaching noble hearted souls to help out patients of RK Mission hospital with morning breakfast bread. She is panelist with many educational institutions, Gurukul Kangri University, Divya Pharmacy and actively participates in awareness on traffic rules, blood and eye donation programmes of social organizations-Bhartiya Jagrukta Samiti, Muskan Foundation, Rashtriya Human Rights Protection society and others.
She was invited by Consul General of India, Dubai for talk on ‘Scientific basis of Yoga’, University of Oxford, England to give a talk on ‘Kumbh mela as a platform for societal transformation’, Art Institute of Chicago, McGill University of Canada, International association of yoga therapists, Monterey San Francisco and peace and reconciliation conference at University of California, Los Angeles. Travelled far and wide in India and abroad for talks and paper presentations, she has advocated Vedic Indian concept of peace through her writings and speeches. After her representation at UCLA, the Tribune news service had reported, “Radhika made India proud by representing the nation with e’lan and dexterity and got a standing ovation for her lecture.”
The approach of the author of the book in analyzing the poetic traits of Vivekananda, is the first ever in the world and has opened new avenues for the scholars to do research on his poetic technique, symbolism and the use of semiotics in his poetry. The monk has been the choice of philosophers and not litterateurs, but now many scholars and peace lovers have undertaken her research work as a guide map to explore his poetic excellence. Radhika also presented her research paper on the poetic involvement of Vivekananda at SAARC literatures seminar held in Lucknow and at Indian association of American studies conference (IAAS) in Tirupati. Her papers have been published by various literary journals.
About her book, Indian Asian News Services (IANS) wrote, “Very few of us know of Swami Vivekananda’s flair for English poetry.” The book treads through known and unknown aspects of the legend who transformed the Indian philosophy. Apart from bookstores of Advaita Ashrama, this book is also shelved in University of California Berkeley library under selected new acquisitions in South Asia. Her coffee table book on Kumbh mela finds place in the oldest library of the English speaking world Bodleian library of Oxford.
Her writing on values of Indianness is perhaps best exemplified by her book on peace and ‘Whispers Of Wisdom’. A significant dimension of Radhika Nagrath’s writing is her ability to articulate the philosophical treatises into simple comprehensible ideas. Her first poem titled “Swan of the east” on Swami Vivekananda was published in summer issue of Global Vedanta published from Seattle, US.
As a historian journalist, Radhika appeared on a documentary by Discovery channel on Kumbh mela: A carnival of spirituality which is telecast across the world from time to time. She is on advisory board of ISOL (Integrating spirituality and organizational leadership) research foundation.
Red Cross Society Chandigarh and Rotary Club of Roorkee presented her award of honour for service to humanity. Recognising her peerless and resourceful work on Swami Vivekananda, she was awarded with Swami Vivekanand Sahitya Sadhna Samman by Srimath Panchganga Kashi headed by Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Ramnareshacharya.
She has been awarded and lauded for her unbiased writing skills by SIIDCUL Industrial Association, ‘Himalaya aur Hindustan’ group and Women in public sector (WIPS) forum of BHEL. She was also felicitated with ‘Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi award’ by National union of Journalists, Uttarakhand. Prestigious educational institutions like IMA, IIT Roorkee, Delhi Public School, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards have honoured her for significant contribution to society in the form of writings.
Dr. Radhika Nagrath is the epitome of simplicity, humility and is a role model for hundreds of youths whom she has counseled during their times of distress in schools and colleges.
With a journalistic experience of over a decade, contributing her estimable skills to eminent Indian newspapers like Times of India, Hindustan Times and The Pioneer, she is presently a correspondent for The Pioneer from Haridwar region. For two years she has been a feature writer for a monthly journal New Era, published from Doha, Qatar and assistant editor to bi-monthly magazine ‘Consecration’. She has been a regular columnist for HtLive.
The prolific writer journalist has invariably contributed on the issues of conservation of environment, Indian art, culture and heritage, traditional medicine and value education. An ambassador of Indianness, her book Words of Wisdom (WOW) was released by State Governor recently, which is collection of articles published under ‘Speaking Tree’ column of Times of India Haridwar plus.