Archive for July 27th, 2007

10 fellowships on offer for development journos

27 July 2007

PRESS RELEASE: The National Foundation for India (NFI), an autonomous, professionally managed grantmaking organisation, has announced 10 fellowships to facilitate a more informed development policy dialogue, and to encourage publication of well researched articles on development issues.

Eight fellowships are in the print media category and two in the photojournalist category. The fellowships amount to Rs 1 lakh each.

The themes for the fellowship include a wide range of issues of importance to ordinary Indians, their battle for a better life and development related issues including community health, elementary education, livelihood security, local governance, peace and justice, and gender equity.

NFI’s mission is to help create a just and equitable society by enabling marginalised communities to improve the quality of their own lives, and by improving public understanding. NFI’s thematic programme areas are community health, elementary ducation, livelihood security, local governance, peace and justice, citizens and society, and development journalism.

The last date for receipt of applications is August 30 2007. The details of the fellowship programme can be obtained from:

Sentimongla Kechüchar,
Programme Officer,
National Foundation for India
Core 4A, Upper Ground Floor
India Habitat Centre
Lodi Road
New Delhi-110 003

Telephone: 011-24641864/8465/8490/8491/8492,
Fax: 011-24641867
email: sentimong[at]nfi.org.in / info[a]nfi.org.in

The application guidelines can be downloaded from the NFI website: http://www.nfi.org.in/

A pioneering cartoonist passes away. RIP.

27 July 2007

Harishchandra Lachke, the first cartoonist to have his work featured on the front page of The Times of India during British rule, has passed away in Poona at the age of 88.

A Press Trust of India obituary says Lachke’s cartoon juxtaposing a pigeon and a nuclear bomb in the wake of the dropping of the first atomic bomb by America on Japan in the Second World War, was published by the Times on August 17, 1945, underlining the need for peace co-existence of nations.

Lachke, who became one of the most popular cartoonists in Marathi, had drawn over 1,000 cartoons for various publications between 1934 and 2000.

“The themes of his cartoons that tickled readers for over five decades, mainly revolved around inconsistencies in political and social life, naughty children, modern fashions, doctor-patient relations, professors suffering from amnesia and clever traders.” 

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