Apart from some champoo-type media awards, do you know any journalist getting respectable award(s) for covering India?
Yes, The Hindu newspaper’s P. Sainath is one. He was given the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2007 in the category ‘Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts’ for his “passionate commitment as a journalist to restore the rural poor to India’s national consciousness”.
According to the citation accompanying the award, Sainath’s authoritative reporting had led Indian authorities to address certain discrete abuses and to enhance relief efforts.
“Sainath discovered that the acute misery of India’s poorest districts was not caused by drought, as the government said. It was rooted in India’s enduring structural inequalities — in poverty, illiteracy, and caste discrimination — and exacerbated by recent economic reforms favouring foreign investment and privatisation.” R.K.Laxman who always drew ‘The Common Man’ had also got Magsaysay.
Lydia Polgreen, South Asia correspondent for The New York Times, says the last Pulitzer from India went to Chicago Tribune team covering famine in India & Africa. “That was in 1975 and as far as I can tell no one has won a Pulitzer for covering India since then.”
William Mullen (reporter) and Ovie Carter (photographer) of the Chicago Tribune were awarded Pulitzer in 1975 for their coverage of famine in Africa and India.
Who else? Why not?