Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediapersons

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Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediapersons
Awarded forJournalism award in India for women
Sponsored byThe Media Foundation, Chameli Devi Jain's family
First awarded1981 (Instituted in 1980)
Last awarded2019
Most recent winnerPriyanka Dubey
Highlights
Total awarded52
First winnerNeerja Chowdhury
Last winnerPriyanka Dubey (BBC)

Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediaperson is named after Chameli Devi Jain, an Indian freedom fighter who became the first Jain woman to go to prison during India’s freedom struggle. The award was instituted in 1980 by The Media Foundation with the first award being given in 1981 to Neerja Chowdhury. The most recent award was given to Priyanka Dubey of BBC in March 2019.[1][2] According to Business Standard the award is "perhaps India's longest running media award for women".[3]

Awardees have included pioneers in Indian media such as Homai Vyarawalla (India's first women photojournalist) as well as known and not so well known mediapersons such as Sucheta Dalal, Teesta Setalvad, Barkha Dutt, Tavleen Singh, Neha Dixit, Madhu Purnima Kishwar and Monalisa Changkija. A Pakistani journalist, Rehana Hakim, won the award in 1996. In 2012 a book was published titled "Making News, Breaking News, Her Own Way: Stories by winners of the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediapersons" which consisted of essays by and about the winners of the award.[4]

Background[edit]

Chameli Devi Jain was born in Bahadarpur, Alwar, Rajasthan in 1910. She was married to a leader in the Congress Party. In 1932, she was arrested during the civil disobedience movement and sentenced to jail in Lahore. She was the first Jain woman to go to prison, returned as a hero, and continued working for community reforms such as fighting against the practice of compulsory veil or ghoongat. Her son is Lakshmi Chand Jain who is married to Devaki Jain (Padma Bhushan recipient), daughter of M. A. Sreenivasan, the Dewan of Gwalior.[2][5] Her grandson is Sreenivasan Jain, a journalist.

The Media Foundation was founded by B G Verghese, Lakshmi Chand Jain, Prabhash Joshi and Ajit Bhattacharjea and N S Jagannathan in 1979. The Chameli Devi Jain award was instituted at the initiative of The Media Foundation with B G Verghese as president emeritus and by the family of Chameli Devi Jain. It was first awarded in 1981. The criteria for selection includes social concern, dedication, courage and compassion among other things. Those eligible include journalists, photographers, cartoonists and newspaper designers. The entries are judged by an independent jury.[6]

Recipients[edit]

Neha Dixit, winner of the 2016 Chameli Devi Prize
Sunita Narain, winner of the 2004 Chameli Devi Jain Award
Homai Vyarawalla (right), winner of the 1998 Chameli Devi Jain Award, receiving the Padma Vibhushan Award from the The President of India in 2011.
Pushpa Girimaji, winner of the 1991 Chameli Devi Jain Award
List of award recipients, showing the year and associated details
Year Recipient/s Associated media house(s)/notes Ref
1981 Neerja Chowdhury The Statesman, The Indian Express [7]
1982 Prabha Dutt and Sevanti Ninan [8]
1983 Shahnaz Anklesaria Aiyar and Sakuntala Narasimhan [9]
1984 Sheela Barse [2]
1985 Madhu Purnima Kishwar [2]
1986 Kalpana Sharma Himmat, The Indian Express, The Times of India [10]
1987 - - -
1988 Tavleen Singh India Today, The Indian Express [2]
1989 Chitra Subramaniam India Today [2]
1990 Usha Rai [11]
1991 Pushpa Girimaji and Mediastorm Collective[a] [12]
1992 Sucheta Dalal and Teesta Setalvad The Times of India/ The Indian Express [13]
1993 Sheela Bhatt, Alka Raghuvanshi and Manimala India Today [14]
1994 Shubha Singh The Telegraph, The Pioneer, The Khaleej Times [15]
1995 Patricia Mukhim Shillong Times [16]
1996 Annam Suresh and Rehana Hakim [17]
1997 Anita Pratap CNN, TIME magazine [18]
1998 Homai Vyarawalla Photojournalist [19]
1999 Barkha Dutt, Pamela Philipose and Vasavi Kiro NDTV/ TOI/ Prabhat Khabar [20][21][22]
2000 Kunjal Paanje Kutchji (Sarus Crane of our Kutch, a radio serial) Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS) (Priti Soni) [23]
2001 Bano Haralu Eastern Mirror [24]
2002 Shikha Trivedy [25]
2003 Sonu Jain and Chitrakoot Rural Women's Collective Indian Express/ Khobar Lahariya [26][27]
2004 Sunita Narain Down to Earth magazine [28]
2005 Ratna Bharali Talukdar [29]
2006 Nilanjana Bose and Sreerekha B CNN-IBN/ Vanitha (Malayalam Manorama Group) [7]
2007 Rupashree Nanda CNN-IBN [30]
2008 Nirupama Subramanian and Vinita Deshmukh The Hindu [18]
2009 Monalisa Changkija and Shoma Chaudhury Nagaland Page/ Tehelka [31]
2010 Shahina K K Open Magazine [32]
2011 Tusha Mittal Tehelka [33]
2012 Alka Dhupkar IBN-Lokmat [34]
2013 Anubha Bhonsle CNN-IBN [35]
2014 Supriya Sharma[b] Scroll [36]
2015 Priyanka Kakodkar and Raksha Kumar The Times of India/ Independent Journalist [37]
2016 Neha Dixit Independent journalist [38]
2017 Uma Sudhir NDTV [39]
2018 Priyanka Dubey BBC [40]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shohini Ghosh, Ranjani Mazumdar, Sabina Kidwai, Shikha Jhingan, Sabeena Gadihoke and Charu Gargi
  2. ^ First online journalist to win the award

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Latika Padgaonkar, Shubha Singh (2012). "Making News, Breaking News, Her Own Way. Stories by winners of the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediapersons". Tranquebar. ISBN 9789381626498
  • Sreenivasan Jain. A teenaged couple’s fight for freedom. Indian Memory Project

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