Rana Ayyub, a Bombay-based assistant editor with Tehelka magazine, is among the five recipients of this year’s Sanskriti Awards. The awards were presented in New Delhi on Friday, November 18.
In her seven-year career in journalism, Rana, 28, a postgraduate in social communications media, has reported from the naxal hotbeds and the warlands of the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
A press release says Rana has to her credit revelational exposes on rightwing fundamentalism and conflict and terror related reports in the country. “She considers her work on the arrest of innocent Dalit teenagers under terror acts in the naxal infested areas of Maharashtra as perhaps the most riveting and thought provoking pieces.”
Photograph: Rana Ayyub (fourth from right) at the presentation of the Sanskriti Awards, with former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (second from left) and other winners, in New Delhi on November 18, 2011
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Two young journalists, Teresa Rehman (left) of Tehelka and Bahar Dutt of CNN-IBN, are among five winners of the Sanskriti Awards for 2009.
Now in its 30th year, the Sanskriti Awards are given to young talents between 25 and 35 years of age, and will be presented in New Delhi on Novemebr 20, according to a press release. Each award carries Rs 50,000 in cash and a citation.
# An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Teresa Rehman is Tehelka‘s principal correspondent in the Northeast. Her photo-story on an alleged fake encounter in Manipur in June 2009, won global acclaim and was picked up by newspapers and magazines worldwide.
# Bahar Dutt, a trained wildlife conservationist, has worked for the last ten years on key wildlife issues in India and abroad. She played a key role in working with and rehabilitating the Bahelias, a community of snake charmers in Rajasthan and Haryana.
Photographs: courtesy Sanskriti Pratishtan