TEHELKA BAGS FOUR NATIONAL PRESS CLUB AWARDS
FOUR JOURNALISTS from TEHELKA received the National Press Club Awards for Excellence in Journalism under various categories at a function in Mumbai on 4 May 2012. The awards were instituted in 2001, and carry a cash prize of 75,000 each. Shoma Chaudhury, Managing Editor, TEHELKA, was awarded the first prize in the ‘Politics’ category for ‘ The Inconvenient Truth of Soni Sori’. This story highlighted the plight of the 35-year-old tribal woman from Chhattisgarh who was charged of being a ‘Naxal associate’ and for participating in five incidents of violence. She was arrested shortly after coming to Delhi to tell her story.
Also sharing the award with Shoma was Ashish Khetan, Investigations Editor, TEHELKA, for the arti- cle ‘ Where did 8,500 crore of UP’S Health Fund Go?’, that gave a 360 degree perspective of the massive National Rural Health Mission ( NRHM) scam. The story nailed the complicity of the state administration and the systemic rot.
The report ‘ A Storm Foretold’ by Special Correspondent Rohini Mohan won her the first runner-up prize in the ‘Health & Environment’ category for highlighting the endangered livelihood of fishermen and their degraded environment.
Former Literary Editor Gaurav Jain was awarded the first prize in the ‘Crime & Investigations’ category for his story: ‘ The House We Blew Down’, an in-depth analysis of the Aarushi Talwar murder case. It was written at a time when the Talwars were formally charged with murder after the CBI filed a closure report, and questioned the prosecution.
(L to R) Ashish Khetan, Gaurav Jain and Rohini Mohan at the awards function, held at the NSCI, Mumbai