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Columbia Alumnus Wins Student Prize from the South Asian Journalists Association


SAJA Journalism Leader Award
(SAJA's highest honor)

To Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek for his contribution to international journalism and for pathbreaking work as a South Asian journalist in the United States. See bio at http://www.saja.org/zakaria.html


I. Outstanding story on South Asia

  • 1. "Back to Life in India, Without Reincarnation" -- Barry Bearak, The New York Times. The "Association of Dead People" fights for the rights of Indian citizens falsely declared dead.
  • 2. "White Skin, Black Mask" -- Kai Friese, Transition. A look at Phantom, a comic-book superhero and his connections to the subcontinent.
  • "3. India's Eunuchs as Debt Collectors" -- Gautam Chakravorthy, Bloomberg News. Some finance companies in India use eunuchs to threaten debtors with shame and embarrassment to get them to pay back loans.

II. Outstanding story on South Asia
Broadcast (TV/radio)

  • 1. "The Dark Horizon: India, Pakistan and the Bomb" -- Peter Jennings, correspondent and Richard E. Robbins, producer, ABC News Peter Jennings Reporting. An hour-long documentary about the nuclear arms race in South Asia. http://abcnews.go.com/onair/Insite/peter_000320_india_editorial_feature.html
  • 2. "India's Christians" -- Fred de Sam Lazaro, correspondent and Kevin McAndrews, producer, PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and Twin Cities Public Television. A look at India's Christian minority. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/transcripts/324.html
  • 3. "Voices of Kashmir" -- Satinder Bindra, correspondent, CNN. A report featuring the civilians caught in the everyday violence of Kashmir.

III. Outstanding story on South Asia
New Media

IV. Outstanding editorial/op-ed on South Asia
All media

  • 1. "India & Pakistan" -- Timothy O'Leary, Dallas Morning News. Commentary on US-South Asia relations.
  • 2. "Of Curry and the Making of Subcontinental Identity" -- Amitava Kumar, India Abroad. Commentary on the popularity of curry outside South Asia.
  • 3. "Paradise Lost, in the Name of God and Self-Determination" -- Mansoor Ijaz, Los Angeles Times. Commentary about the the role of the governments of India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

V. Outstanding story on South Asians in North America

  • 1. "Charges At Last in Air India Bombing" -- Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun. A package of stories on charges brought against two British Columbia men for the 1985 bombing of Air India flight 182.
  • 2. "Would You Put God Under Your Feet?" -- Ravi Adhikari, News India-Times. Coverage of sandals featuring images of Hindu gods and goddesses.
  • 3. (tie) India's High-Tech Braceros -- Gaiutra Bahadur, Austin American-Statesman. The impact Indian engineers, the new "braceros" (contract laborers) in Texas, are having on industry and culture.
  • 3. (tie) "Not Your Classic Immigrant Story" -- Sharmila Venkatasubban, In Pittsburgh Weekly. The growing pains of Pittsburgh's Indian community.

Special Recognition Awards -- India-West staff and ThinkIndia/Rediff.com staff for the respective in-depth coverage by each media outlet of the immigrant smuggling ring run Lakireddy Balireddy, a Berkeley-based landlord (each will receive a separate prize).

VI. Outstanding photo about South Asia or South Asians in North America
Single photo or series

  • 1. "Clinton's India Trip" -- Time photographers. Series of photos taken at the time of President Clinton's India trip, including images of a massacre in the Kashmiri village of Chittisinghpora and his interaction with Indians.
  • 2. "Lila Karki" -- Lynsey Addario, Boston Globe. Photo of a Nepali woman serving a prison sentence for having an abortion.
  • 3. "Not Your Classic Immigrant Story" -- Tim Kaulen, In Pittsburgh Weekly. Photo of Nitya Venkataraman, a Pittsburgh college student who "finds her own mix of Indian and American culture."

VII. Special Project on South Asia or South Asians in North America
All Media

  • 1. "Desi: South Asians in New York" -- WNET-TV, Alan Glazen, executive producer and Shebana Coelho, producer. A documentary about South Asians in New York City.
  • 2. Series on women of South Asia -- Marion Lloyd, Boston Globe. Series on the state of South Asian women in various countries.
  • 3. "South Asian Queers Out on the Internet" -- Trikone staff. Special issue on how South Asian gays and lesbians are using the Internet.


VIII. Outstanding story on any subject

  • 1. "Tug of War" -- Alfrida Shah, Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Two teenage Somali girls face coming of age in the United States.
  • 2. "The Girl Next Door" -- Sudarsan Raghavan, Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine. A profile of a young suburban woman's struggle with heroin.
  • 3. (tie) "Tomb Raider" -- Naresh Fernandes, Transition. Looking for the remains of St. Francis Xavier in Macau.
  • 3. (tie) "Understanding Hugo" -- Deepak Gopinath, Institutional Investor. Cover story about Venezuela's enigmatic president, Hugo Chavez.

IX. Outstanding story on any subject
Broadcast (TV/radio)

  • 1. "Rwanda Reconciliation" -- Fred de Sam Lazaro, correspondent, PBS/The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. A report from Rwanda about how religion is helping ease tension in the region. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/religion/july-dec00/rwanda_8-31.html
  • 2. "Survivor's Story" -- Madhulika Sikka, producer, ABC News Nightline. A profile of a young Cambodian American who survived the the horrors of the Khmer Rouge.
  • 3. "Calcutta Calling" -- Piali Roy, reporter, CBC Radio. A Canadian goes in search of her Indian roots.

X. Outstanding story on any subject
New Media


XI. Outstanding student story on any subject
All media

  • 1. "Indian Immigrants" -- Amy Rao, Northwestern University. TV report about Indian immigrants in the United States.
  • 2. "Two Deaths Too Many" -- Arun Kristian Das (with Ron Mott), Columbia University. A documentary about police shooting deaths in New York City.
  • 3. "Illegal Workers Pay Economic Dividend" -- Deepa Babington, Rutgers University (written for Reuters). The crucial role illegal workers play in the U.S. economy.

Published: Jun 19, 2001
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002

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