Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday presented the G.K. Reddy Memorial National Award to late veteran journalist Vinod Mehta.
- The award was received by Vinod Mehta’s wife, Sumita Mehta.
Sonia Gandhi About Vinod Mehta :
- “In the present climate, when dissent is being stifled, when the minorities feel increasingly insecure, when the secular fabric of our society is threatened, when bigotry and obscurantism seem to flourish unchecked, we miss Vinod Mehta’s voice,” Ms. Gandhi said.
- Recalling Vinod Mehta as an eloquent advocate of India’s pluralistic society, Ms. Gandhi said he had an instinctive understanding of what the freedom of press meant to India — that it is the cornerstone of Indian democracy and that without this freedom, all other liberties will be threatened.
K. Reddy Memorial National Award:
- The award, given for outstanding contribution to journalism.
- Founded by Member of Parliament and Chairman of the TSR Foundation, T. Subbarami Reddy, a nephew of G.K. Reddy.
- The award carries a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh, a gold medal and a citation.
- The jury of the GK Reddy memorial award has been constituted with MP Karan Singh as chairman of the award committee.
- Other Jury Members
1 – Former Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma
2 – Former Indian foreign secretary M.K. Rasgotra
3 – Rajya Sabha Member T. Subbarami Reddy
4 – Mrs Kanta G.K.Reddy
- The late G.K. Reddy, a renowned journalist, had attained national and international acclaim for his articles and news stories
Previous Awardees :
- Prabhu Chawla, Editor-in-Chief of The New Indian Express
- H.K. Dua, former Editor-in-Chief of the Hindustan Times
- Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief of India Today magazine
- Shekar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, India Today
- N. Ravi, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu
Vinod Mehta :
- Launched successful publications including The Sunday Observer, The Independent and The Pioneer.
Some of Mehta’s major works include:
- Bombay: A Private View (1971)
- The Sanjay Story (2012)
- Meena Kumari (1972)
- Mr Editor, how close are you to the PM? (1999)
- Lucknow Boy: A Memoir (2010)
- Editor Unplugged (2014).