Vir Sanghvi, one of the best-known faces of Indian journalism and Advisory Editorial Director of
will be the first recipient of the Lokmanya Tilak National Award for Excellence in Journalism instituted by the Kesari-Maratha Trust.
The Trust was founded by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak in 1881.
Trustee and editor of Kesari Deepak Tilak, and managing director of the trust Rohit Tilak, announced on Friday that the award would be presented to Sanghvi on January 4, the 128th anniversary of the magazine, also started by Tilak.
“A committee of senior and experienced journalists selected Sanghvi for the award, considering his outstanding contribution to the field of print and electronic media,” said Deepak Tilak. The award comprises Rs 1 lakh in cash and a memento.
Educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, and Oxford University, UK, Sanghvi began his career as a journalist at 22, when he became founder-editor of Bombay magazine, launched by the India Today Group, one of the youngest editors ever. In 1987, aged just 30, he became editor of Sunday, then the country’s largest selling news magazine.
In 1999, Sanghvi became editor of Hindustan Times, and later its editorial director. Both his weekly columns in the newspaper Counterpoint and Rude Food have been tremendously popular with readers since they began.
Sanghvi has also pursued a parallel career in television. He hosted his first show on Doordarshan in 1994. His talk shows and celebrity interviews on different channels — Round Table, A Question of Answers and Star Talk among others —have all been immensely popular.
Sanghvi is the author of three books: Then and Now, Men of Steel and Rude Food.
Kesari was started by Tilak to rouse public opinion against India's colonial rulers. Recalling that Tilak had even been jailed by the British for his writings, Deepak Tilak said: “The award is intended to strengthen the tradition of fearless journalism that Tilak represented.”