A story published in Hindustan Times has won the second Karpoor Chandra ‘Kulish’ International Award-2008 for Excellence in Print Journalism.
Reported by Tehelka editor (Investigations) Harinder Baweja, “Welcome to the Headquarters of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba” was carried exclusively by HT in December 2008. The theme of this year’s award was “Terror and Society”.
The award (a cash prize of $ 11,000 and a trophy) will be given by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in New Delhi on July 31.
HT also won a merit award for its series on “India’s Porous Borders” in February 2008. Reporters Manish Tiwari (Chandigarh), Arun Joshi (Jammu & Kashmir), Sunita Aron (Lucknow) and Rahul Karmakar (Guwahati) travelled along the Indo-Nepal border, Indo-Bangladesh border and Indo-Pak border and exposed not just the vulnerability of the border but also the failure to check drug-pushers, counterfeiters and terrorists.
The third award this year is also a merit award for “He loved Hollywood’s cop vs baddies movies”, by Rahul Karmakar, the Hindustan Times’ Guwahati correspondent, the story of a police officer who died fighting ethnic militants in Meghalaya.
The three entries were selected from a total of 173; 48 from India and 11 from foreign newspapers from the US, France, Serbia, Mauritius, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Pakistan.