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Thursday, April 13, 2006

On Winning 'India's Pulitzer' !


I would like to share a small good news with you. I received the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Uncovering India Invisible
on 12th April 2006. The Prime Minister had given away the award yesterday at a grand ceremony organised at the Hotel Maurya Sheraton.

As some of you know i had visited Dandakaranya in March 2005 and stayed with Maoist squads for about 15 days and captured the workings of India's first "Liberated Zone in making" where the Maoists run Revolutionary People's Government.After coming back i wrote an article in Andhra Jyothy Sunday supplement which received a state level DNF best journalist award. The same article has now won RNG award. The Indian Express is publishing the story again as it's next Sunday Magazine cover.The video I brought was taken by CNN-IBN for one of their big stories titled 'Red Corridor". And I am planning to do a full fledged documentary on Janathana Sarkar soon.

Check out these links...

  1. The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards announced
  2. Out of the Red (Indian Express article published Sunday, April 16)
  3. I don’t draw any conclusions, I only document (Indian Express article published Sunday, April 16)
  4. 16 stories that needed excellence and how they got it (Indian Express article on the awards)
  5. A newspaper and bananas helped link up with Maoists (Article published in
  6. Award News on NWMI Site (Network of Women in Media, India)

Along with other recipients

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Smarana - Remembering Lost Children

This is a film on the agony of the mothers who lost their children in the ongoing Naxalite movement in Andhra Pradesh. About a dozen mothers who are essentially non-political and do not necessarily believe in their deceased children's politics, talk about their memories, the trauma, repression they have undergone both physically and emotionally when their children were away from home fighting for others' causes. Mothers were randomly interviewed from two regions where the movement is intense - Uddanam area of Srikakulam district and Jangoan area of Warangal district.

Note : we note that 'Google Videos' or 'YouTube' are available in selective locations only [check the sites for further details] , keeping that in view we have linked to the same video on both the sites. Feel free to watch depending on the availability.

On Google Videos
Click here to Watch Smarana (Telugu) at Google Videos ; or the screen below

On YouTube Videos
Watch Smarana (Telugu) at YouTube Videos. Click here to Watch Part-1 , Part-2 , Part-3 , Part-4 . ; or the screens below

YouTube Video Part-1 :

YouTube Video Part-2 :

YouTube Video Part-3 :

YouTube Video Part-4 :

Thank you very much for watching, Please don't forget to add your comments !