‘India’s freedoms as fragile as its neighbours”

28 March 2009

The Hindu’s Islamabad correspondent, Nirupama Subramanian (in picture), has shared the Chameli Devi Jain award for excellence in journalism with Vinita Deshmukh, the editor of The Weekly Intelligent, Poona.

In her acceptance speech, read out in her absence by her sister Vasudha Sondhi, Subramanian said:

“In Pakistan, where I am based, a number of journalists have lost their lives in recent months. For me, reading about journalists getting killed back home, three in Assam in the last four months, is a reminder that despite our democracy, our freedoms are as fragile as they are in our less stable neighbourhood.

“On the other hand, I also saw the power and influence of the media in a frightening close-up a few months ago, when tensions between India and Pakistan climbed a peak after the attacks in Mumbai…I believe there is only one way for journalists to look at India-Pakistan relations, and that is through the prism of peace…”

Colombo correspondent of The Hindu before her Islamabad posting, Nirupama Subramanian is the author of the critically acclaimed Sri Lanka Voice from a War Zone, and is a winner of the Prem Bhatia award for best political reporting.

Photograph: courtesy The Hindu

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