Prem Bhatia 26th Annual Award

The Prem Bhatia Awards for outstanding journalism have for this year gone to Vaishnavi Rathore, the ‘Environment Lead’ at The Bastion Media – a three-year-old independent digital magazine dedicated to well-researched in-depth investigation in five key development sectors: Environment, Health, Education, Sports and Technology.

This year’s winner of the Prem Bhatia award for political reporting is a departure from our usual tradition. We honour not an individual journalist but the outstanding team efforts of the Dainik Bhaskar newspaper in investigating the extent of deaths in India due to the Covid pandemic and exposing the grossly unrealistic official mortality figures.

Past winners of the awards include prominent journalists like Raj Chengappa, Neerja Chowdhury, Suhasini Haider, Praveen Swamy, Rajdeep Sardesai and P. Sainath among others.