Meet G R Radhika, the lady who has achieved the incredible feat of becoming the first woman police officer from the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to scale the 7,077 metres high Mount Kun of Kashmir. We salute her spirit of adventure.
On Sept. 7, 2015, G R Radhika, the Additional Superintendent of Police (Admin) from Adilabad district of Telengana, scaled the 7,077 metres high Mount Kun in the Zanskar mountain range of Kashmir.
This 35-year-old former lecturer, is the first woman police officer from the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to achieve this feat.
She was the only Indian to reach the peak from among the eight other participants who attempted the climb. Other than her, an American and three Sherpas were able to achieve success. Nun (7,135 metres tall) and Kun are the two highest peaks in the Zanskar range.
“I felt on top of the world when I reached the peak. It was a challenging task but once I got there I felt the sky is not the limit if we have the determination,” she told The New Indian Express.
Radhika’s hometown is Anantapur in AP. She was posted as the DSP of Nellore city between 2009 and 2011. After that she worked in Karimnagar in 2012 and was then promoted to the post of ASP in January 2015.
This is not Radhika’s first adventure. Her journey as a mountaineer began in 2013 and this was her second attempt to conquer Mount Kun. It started when former Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Rajiv Trivedi, who is now the principal secretary for Home in Telangana, recommended that she join the basic mountaineering course at the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports in Jammu and Kashmir. She completed the course with distinction and was then nominated for an advanced course at the same institute.
It was on Sept. 20, 2013, that Radhika first tasted success by scaling the 5,980 metre Golep Kangri peak, located in the Zanskar range of the Western Himalayas.
In addition to an adventurous spirit, Radhika has a philanthropic mindset as well. She is one of the police officers who have adopted different villages under the Grama Jyothi scheme of the Telangana Government. She has adopted the Ponnari village in Tamsi Mandal of Adilabad district and is working for its development.
This adventure lover is now planning to scale Mount Everest as well. “I will start preparing to climb Everest and will undergo training for the same. Mountaineering is not an easy task,” she says.
Radhika has received praise from various officers of the police department. The state police is also considering helping her financially, besides giving her special leave so she can pursue her mountaineering expeditions.