2016 Prem Bhatia Trust Awardees

Trustees and Jury Chair/Convenors with 2016 Award Winners
Seated L-R: P Vaidyanthan Iyer (Awardee for Politcal Reporting), G Parthasarathy, Trustee, Rami Chhabra (Trustee and Jury Convenor, Environment Reporting), Ashok Nehru, Trustee, Nihal Singh, Jury Chair – Political Reporting, Reji Joseph (Awardee for Environment Reporting);
Standing L-R: Ajay S Mehta, Trustee, Anand Bhatia, Trustee, Raj Chengappa, Trustee and Shyam Bhatia, Trustee

Outstanding Political Reporting of The Year

An annual award of  INR 2,00,000/- is given to an outstanding journalist
who has reported the major political events of the year with  objectivity.


Vaidyanathan Iyer

P Vaidyanathan Iyer

National Affairs Editor, Indian Express
For his monumental task in extracting news connecting India’s rich and famous with nest eggs abroad in the so-called Panama Papers. Among Iyer’s work record is to have led a team to investigate the murky affairs of the Reddy Brothers, who had indulged in the illegal mining and export of coal in a nexus involving politicians and officials extending to two states, Andhra and Karnataka. He has also done outstanding stories on the malaise of Indian banks’ bad loans.

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Outstanding Environmental Reporting of The Year

An annual award of INR.1,50,000/- is awarded for the journalist
who has shown most promise in reporting on environmental, developmental or social affairs.


Reji Joseph

Reji Joseph

Staff Reporter, Rashtra Deepika
Exemplifying forceful boots-on-the- ground, hands-on reporting from the local by the local. The award recognises his body of work ranging from the ecologically fragile landform of the Mundrothuruthu island in the Kollam District of Kerala; the sand-mining that has destroyed coastal villages; the loss of rights and traditional privileges of the Adivasis in the Periyar region; the alarming number of cancer cases –also water-logging – as chemical fertiliser and insecticide fumigation of crops has spiralled in Kuttanand; celebration of Geographical Indicator recognition for Kerala’s own Pokkali rice; the joyous portrait of a 77 strong local women vigilante-group–turned-forest-guards walking down the elephant routes of the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary since 12 years now, protecting both wild life and the sandalwood trees still growing in the sanctuary.

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