Outstanding Political Reporting of The Year


Dipankar Ghose is a Special Correspondent with the Indian Express based out of New Delhi. Having passed out of St Columba’s School, New Delhi, he is an alumnus of Hindu College, University of Delhi, and the Express Institute of Media Studies. In his nine years as a journalist, he has covered issues ranging from politics, to conflict. Apart from Delhi, he spent four and a half years living in Chhattisgarh, looking at issues including the complex Maoist conflict.He is a three time winner of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, winning in three different categories for his work on the Muzaffarnagar Riots in 2013(On the Spot Reporting), a piece on victims of sexual violence in Bastar in 2017(Feature Writing) and for his work covering stories of people in Bastar going beyond the Maoist-State narrative(Reporting from Conflict Zones).


Rajdeep Sardesai - Winner of Prem Bhatia Outstanding Political Reporting of 2019Rajdeep Sardesai is an alumnus of Bombay and Oxford Universities. He specializes in covering national politics and has broken many major news stories. He is a columnist, author and news presenter who is Consulting Editor to the TV Today Group. He writes a column on politics for several publications and was selected for the award for his insightful coverage of the 2019 Parliamentary elections. By his incisive analysis and excellent coverage of voter sentiment and ground realities he was one of the few who very early on deciphered the wave in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s favour.


Aakar Patel is a 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. 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.’


Manini Chatterjee, Resident Editor, The Telegraph, 
for her “hard-hitting weekly column taking the ruling party to task for its sins of omission and commission”.


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.


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


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


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


P. R. Ramesh
National Political Editor, The Economic TimesConsistent and outstanding political commentaries.


Josy Joseph
Editor Special Projects, Times of IndiaFor 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Navika Kumar

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


Varghese K. George

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


Palagummi Sainath
The HinduSuperb reporting of hunger, deprivation and death among farmers in Andhra Pradesh.


Praveen Swami
Special Correspondent, Front Line


Kingshuk Nag
Resident Editor, The Times of IndiaBharat Desai
Chief Reporter, The Times of IndiaCourageous reporting of Gujarat Riots.


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


Amit Baruah

Political Correspondent, The Hindu


Seema Mustapha
Deputy Editor, Asian Age


Raj Chengappa
Deputy Editor, India Today


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