The Kesari-Maratha Trust, along with the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, has awarded the Lokmanya Tilak National Journalism Award for this year to P. Sainath, founder editor of the People’s Archive of Rural India and former rural affairs editor of The Hindu.
The fiduciary editor of Kesari and vice chancellor of the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Dr. Deepal Tilak, made this announcement on January 2. Sainath will receive the award at the Tilakwada premises in Pune from Dr. Tilak on the occasion of 136 th anniversary of Kesari on January 4, 2017.
This is the ninth year of the Lokmanya Tilak National Journalism Award, which is given to a journalist who has made exceptional contributions to the field. Sainath has reported on rural India for decades and extensively covered the country’s agrarian crisis. He has received numerous national and international awards,
A report in the Kesari notes: The great Indian freedom fighter, Lokmanya Tilak, started the Kesari and Maratha periodicals to create national awareness. His journalism inspired countless Indians to fight for the country’s freedom. Tilak was even imprisoned for his fearless writings. The Lokmanya Tilak National Journalism Award of the Kesari-Maratha Trust and the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth is a tribute to Tilak’s outstanding contribution to the field of journalism.