Press Release: Prem Bhatia Awards 2018

New Delhi, July 31, 2018: The Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust – instituted in the memory of the late Mr. Prem Bhatia, the eminent journalist, announced winners of The Prem Bhatia Awards 2018 for Outstanding Political and Outstanding Environment Reporting, today.  The winners are Aakar Patel, Syndicated Columnist for The Prem Bhatia Award for Political Reporting and Sibi Arasu, Independent Journalist for Environment Reporting.

Bengaluru based Aakar is a 48-year-old syndicated columnist who combines his role as head of Amnesty International (India) with writing for a variety of publications including the Times of India and The Hindu. He is a former newspaper editor, most recently of the Gujarati daily Divya Bhaskar and has translated the non-fiction of Saadat Hasan Manto from Urdu and the works of Narendra Modi from Gujarati. The jury that selected him say his ‘popular columns are distinguished by his incisive witty, erudite allusions, easy style and courage in exposing the flaws in our politics and society.’

Sibi Arasu is a 31-year-old independent journalist based in Mysore, Karnataka who has been reporting exclusively on the environment, people’s rights and development, and climate-change-related issues for the last five years, before which he worked at multiple national news organizations in Delhi, including The Hindu and The Times of India. The jury praised his ‘sensitive, in-depth content’ and ‘superb photographs…whether documenting urban chaos, battles with sand or water mafia or the protected- animal-species-versus-human-lives-conflict deep in the wilds.’

The Awards will be presented at the 23rd Prem Bhatia Memorial Lecture at the India International Centre, New Delhi on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 6.30 pm.  The Annual Lecture this year is being delivered by Mr Hamid Ansari, Former Vice President of India on “Religion, Religiosity and the World Order”.


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Anand Bhatia,