Past Fellows - Prabha Dutt Fellowship


Ms. Toufiq Rashid, Correspondent, Indian Express (2004-05)
She was the first recipient of the Prabha Dutt Fellowship awarded under the aegis of the Sanskriti Pratishthan. Her project titled, State of Trauma, was a detailed report on the effect of violence on the women and children of Kashmir.

Toufiq who was earlier the Indian Express’s Principal Correspondent in Jammu, is currently the Chief of Bureau, Srinagar with the Hindustan Times.

Ms. Bhasha Singh
, Copy Editor Outlook Saptahik (2005-06)
Bhasha Singh was awarded the fellowship to work on her project, The Evils of Manual Scavenging with a gender bias. For this she did a series of detailed, investigative stories that appeared in the Outlook Saptahik, on the trials and tribulations of manual scavengers, especially women.

Earlier working with Outlook Saptahik, as copy-editor cum reporter, Bhasha also wrote on matters of law, environment, education, films with a difference and other pro-people social issues and neglected areas.

She is currently the Roving Editor at Naidunia, New Delhi.

Ms. Deepa A.
, Journalist, India Together (Electronic Magazine) (2006-07)
Deepa A is an independent journalist. The title of her study was - A study on communal violence and its impact on education, with particular reference to Gujarat. Two of the reports she wrote as part of the Prabha Dutt Fellowship won the Developing Asia Journalism Awards instituted by the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo and the Every Human has Rights Media Awards in Paris, instituted by the NGO Elders and Internews in association with other organisations. She has lived and worked in Kerala, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi and is currently based in London. She has worked with The Indian Express and The Times of India and her reports have been published in India Together, Infochange India, The Hindu, Tehelka and Himal Southasian.

Ms. Anupama Kumari, Journalist (2008-09)
Anupama was granted the Sanskriti-Prabha Dutt Fellowship in 2008 for her study- “The Illusions of flood control: False promises, Dubious intentions ( The koshi projects in Bihar and Nepal)

Under the fellowships awarded to her by NATIONAL FOUNDATION OF INDIA, CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT AND PANOS SOUTH ASIA, she has highlighted and brought to the notice of the society, the plight of the women in the mining areas due to the diabolical policies in practice. She has also brought to the limelight the death sound of river “ DAMODAR “, the plight of people displaced by the so called industrial and development projects, the silent death of people on account of the radiations emitted by uranium.
She is a freelance journalist.

Ms. Kanchan Vasdev, Journalist (2009-10)
Kanchan Vasdev, Senior Staff Correspondent with The Tribune, was awarded the Prabha Dutt Fellowship 2009 for her proposal Holiday Wives- the no where women of Punjab and the failure of Government to address their problem. She had been earlier awarded with Investigative Report of the year-2005 by Chandigarh Press Club for her News Reports on children whose feet were burnt due to stepping on hot fly ash dumped by a factory in a village playground.

Ms. Sukhada Tatke, Senior Correspondent, The Times of India, Mumbai (2010-11)
Sukhada Tatke,  has been selected for the Prabha Dutt Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism for the year 2010-11 to Study the condition of the children left behind by the farmers who commit suicide due to debt in Vidharba. She has been working with the Mumbai city bureau since June 2007.During this period, she has written on civic issues, especially those related to the municipal corporation. Sukhada has covered a wide range of urban and social issues; especially those related to environment, infrastructure, health, and growth of the city, the rich poor divide and quality of life. Apart from this, she has also written articles on art and culture.

Ms. Rohini Mohan, freelancer (2011-2012)
Based in Bengaluru, she has been selected for the PrabhaDutt Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism for the year 2011-12 for her proposal to come out with a Book ‘Profiling young Tamils attempting new beginnings in post-war Sri Lanka.’ Rohini has spent time in Sri Lanka revisiting the changing politics and landscape post-war. Through the Fellowship, she proposes to write a non-fiction narrative Book on the conditions of Tamils in Sri Lanka. It involves extensive field reporting from Colombo and the Tamil-dominated north and eastern regions of Sri Lanka.

Ms. Divya A., The Indian Express (2013-2014)
The fellowship is awarded to work on the topic “To research on the lives of the children of the sex workers living in Delhi’s infamous GB Road”. Through the fellowship she wishes to compile her research into a fictional book or a series of short stories that can be published as an anthology. Divya primarily reports on social and environmental issues, with an aim to unravel the potential and aspirations of India invisible.

Bhavya Dore freelancer (2014-15)
Former principal correspondent with the Hindustan Times in Mumbai, Bhavya proposes to do research and stories on “Lives of Juvenile offenders once they leave the juvenile justice system and return to the society”. Through a series of stories she proposes to unearth the trajectories of juvenile offenders through specific case studies after being released from detention/probation and completion of term. Her focus of study would be Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.

Ms Radhika Iyengar, sub-editor (2015-16) 
Sub-editor with The Indian Express Radhika has been selected by the Jury for the Fellowship 2016 to work on her proposal  on lives of the Dom community and the psychological impact of the corpse-burning environment on children.

Ms Ankita Anand, Independent journalist (2019) 
Ms Ankita Anand - Independent journalist - writer specialising in long-form reporting with afocus on gender, labour, environment, land conflicts, human rights, etc and has previously published in The Caravan Magazine, The Hindu, Deccan Herald, The Wire, India Today, etc. The Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Naramada River, initiated in 1961, in the central Indian state ofMadhya Pradesh is the costliest irrigation project to have been undertaken in the country. Thegovernment had propagated that more than 1.8 million hectares of the land in the states of Gujaratand Rajasthan would be irrigated with its waters. Through a series of articles, she would investigate if the dam is actually being used in an optimal fashion, an argument that was used to justify the displacement of entire villages.

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