The Indian Express correspondents won awards in two prominent categories at the Mumbai Press Club Red Ink Awards on Saturday evening. Awards were presented by Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar at a ceremony presided over by Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan at the National Center for Performing Arts in Nariman Point.
Zeeshan Shaikh won the top award in the Crime (News) category for his account of the Dhule riots, which divided the town in January 2013. His reportage exposed the bias among policemen as they were seen participating in the vandalism against a certain community.
Bharat Sundaresan won the Best Sports Feature for his moving narrative of cricketer Anil Gurav, a tragic story of a prodigious talent whose dreams were doomed by circumstances when he was caught in the cross-hairs of drink and crime. Titled ‘The one who dropped the ball’, Bharat pivoted Gurav’s career as a stark contrast to Sachin Tendulkar’s with whom he had shared coach Ramakant Achrekar.
Entries submitted by The Indian Express also garnered a special mention in four categories — Dipti Nagpaul-D’Souza in the Lifestyle and Entertainment category, Devendra Pandey in the Sports (News) category, Shivani Naik in Sports (Features) category and Zeeshan Shaikh in Political News category.
Veteran journalist Mrinal Pande was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first woman editor of Hindi daily Hindustan in the early 2000s and is also the founding President of the Indian Womens’ Press Corps.