Outstanding Political Reporting of The Year


2016

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.


2015


Suhasini Haider
Diplomatic Affairs Editor and Deputy Resident Editor, The Hindu
Excellent coverage and analysis of conflicts and surges around the world.


2014


Smita Gupta
Associate Editor, The Hindu
Outstanding political reporting and analysis of the major the political parties in India.


2013


Shalini Singh
Deputy Editor, The Hindu
Outstanding investigative reporting in key issues, particularly the Coalgate scam.


2012


P. R. Ramesh
National Political Editor, The Economic Times

Consistent and outstanding political commentaries.


2011


Josy Joseph
Editor Special Projects, Times of India

For his scoops and revelations which includes list of scams that have become familiar names in the political lexicon. They range from the Adarsh Housing Society, Commonwealth Games and the 2G spectrum scam.

Jyotirmoy Dey
Crime and Investigations Editor, Mid Day

For his stories on the Mumbai underworld, corruption in the police and the bureaucracy, on the city’s ugly underbelly and on the various mafias that exploit the city’s resources with impunity.


2010


Ritu Sarin
For her in-depth investigative reporting on the impact of the Mumbai terrorist attack on Indian Security and the arms bazaar and how successive governments employ the supposedly independent CBI to serve their political purposes.


2009

Neerja Chowdhury
Recognized for combining a social conscience with exceptional commitment to her profession. She has fought for social causes and was the first and only Civil Rights Correspondent for an Indian newspaper.

2008

Nirupama Subramanian
Correspondent, The Hindu
Recognized for her sensitive and astute coverage of the major campaign for the restoration of the independent superior judges, the parliamentary election, and the induction of the new democratic government in Pakistan.


2007


Pallavi Aiyar

Correspondent, The Hindu
Recognised for her sensitive and astute reports from the political and strategic, to Indo-Chinese relations and a society in transition.


2006


Navika Kumar

Times Now

Hard hitting investigative reports on Election Commissioner having received funds from MPLADS for Trusts run by him and his family members.


2005


Varghese K. George

Investigative series on how flood relief in Bihar was siphoned off by politicians and bureaucrats.


2004

Palagummi Sainath
The Hindu

Superb reporting of hunger, deprivation and death among farmers in Andhra Pradesh.


2003

Praveen Swami
Special Correspondent, Front Line


2002

Kingshuk Nag
Resident Editor, The Times of India

Bharat Desai
Chief Reporter, The Times of India

Courageous reporting of Gujarat Riots.


2001

Sankarshan Thakur
Assistant Editor, Indian Express
Outstanding political writing on upheaval in Manipur.


2000


Amit Baruah

Political Correspondent, The Hindu


1999


Seema Mustapha
Deputy Editor, Asian Age


1998


Raj Chengappa
Deputy Editor, India Today


1997


Haresh Khare
Deputy Editor and Deputy Chief – Delhi Bureau,  The Hindu