On Monday,Vice President Hamid Ansari will give away the fifth Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism to 32 of Indias best journalists. The awards,which will be presented in 17 categories,will recognise outstanding work done in 2009. The awards ceremony will be held at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi.
From Naxalism to economic slowdown,from dying rivers to devastating floods,the stories that will be awarded highlight a range of issues that address contemporary India and its myriad challenges. As jury member and former Indian ambassador to the US,Naresh Chandra says,The entries included a broad range of subjects and the stories addressed a wide range of concerns.
The awards were instituted by the Express Group in 2006 to acknowledge and celebrate stories that needed to be told while adhering to the highest standards of ethics. The entries were all very good. In fact,I found them better than last year, adds Chandra.
Besides Chandra,the 10-member jury included N R Narayana Murthy,mentor and founder,Infosys; Dr M S Swaminathan,agricultural scientist and Rajya Sabha MP; Shobhana Bhartia,vice-chairperson and editorial director,HT Media Limited; Bakul Dholakia,former IIM-A director; Rama Bijapurkar,leading management consultant; Shyam Benegal,filmmaker; Deepak Parekh,HDFC chairman; legal luminary Fali S Nariman and Keshub Mahindra,chairman,Mahindra & Mahindra.