Sarojini Naidu Prize 2009 Winners Announced

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The Hunger Project's (THP's) Sarojini Naidu Prize annually honors three journalists in India for outstanding reporting on women in Panchayati Raj (local government). Three awards are presented each year, one each for journalism in Hindi, English and other languages. The awards acknowledge the critical role played by the press in India today, especially in regard to promoting democracy and increasing the visibility of women's participation in local government.

The jury for the ninth annual Sarojini Naidu Prize for Best Reporting on Women in Panchayati Raj includes: Dr. George Mathew, THP Global Board Member and Director of the Institute of Social Sciences; Mr. Alok Mehta, Chief Editor, Nai Duniya; Prof. Niraja Gopal Jayal, Chairperson, Centre for Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ms. Urvashi Butalia, Director, Zubaan Books; and Mr. Maalan Narayanan, Political Analyst and Media Consultant.

This year, a total of 929 entries were received, of which 40 were short-listed. After intense deliberations, the jury has awarded the 2009 Sarojini Naidu Prize to the following journalists:

  • Mr. Ronald Anil Fernandes for "Koila: The Only Model GP in Dakshin Kannada" (English language category)
  • Mr. Amarpal Singh Verma for "Women Made them Speechless" (Hindi language category)
  • Ms. G. Meenakshi for "Panchayat Women Open Eyes to Education" (Tamil/Other Indian language category)

The Jury also made a special mention of the entry from Mr. Vijay Chormare of Maharashtra. A citation will be awarded to him.

The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on October 2.