Dr. Pratishtha Singh has been conferred with knighthood by the Italian government in 2018. L’Ordine al Merito Della Stella Italiana (Order of merit of the Italian Star) is the highest civilian order in Italy and is comparable to the Indian Bharat Ratna. She is the youngest to receive this honour for her contribution in culture between the two countries. She is the All India coordinator for the Congress Party. She has created and is in charge of the cell for women in the organised and the unorganised sector.
She has been a lecturer of Italian language and literature at the Delhi University. Her PhD had been the first in Italian politics and literature in India. She is the only expert on Mussolini and the Second World War (in native Italian language) in the country. She is an author, a poet and an opinion leader. She has been a student and scholar of cinema in Italy and India which explains her being the jury of Asolo Art Film Festival in Italy since 2009 and Environmental Film Festival in Sao Paolo in Brazil since 2014.
She was recently invited by the Nobel Laureate Mo Yan to represent India in the BRICS Literature Forum in Beijing University in China. She was the youngest representative of Indian literary fraternity in the Forum. She has written content for numerous Italian documentaries on India which have aired on Italian Channel RAI. The themes of these documentaries ranged from abortions in India to intercaste marriages (Love Birds, a film which got a lot of critical acclaim in Italy and was translated into a few other European languages). She also writes for many reputed newspapers and journals including a weekly column in The Telegraph. Her short stories have been published by Juggernaut Publishers. Her English novel will be out this year. She is currently writing the biography of Italian Designer Ernesto Gismondi in Milan.
She has a keen interest in politics and has done an annual internship at the Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha. She wrote and submitted a thesis in the Lok Sabha Secretariat on the Privileges of the Members of Parliament in India. She has worked extensively in Rajasthan and with women in the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. In 2014 General elections, she managed the media and the women campaign for Parliamentary candidate Mohammad Azharuddin from Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. In 2015, she traveled alone across Bihar during the assembly elections to talk to the women voters. Her travel experiences and conversations have been published in the form of a Hindi and Bhojpuri book by Vani Prakashan.