Ms. Toufiq Rashid, Correspondent, Indian Express
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
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
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
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
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.