8th KC Kulish Award
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Newspaper/Magazine- New African magazine
Team Leader- Wanjohi Kabukuru
Language- English

This is an eight month story on terrorism, extremism and their link to natural resources. The main story focuses on terrorism and extremism and how these twin issues have completely redefined life across the globe. The article also delves on ideological differences hampering cross continents cooperation. Most African states are approaching their respective threats on their own and giving their western allies preference in intelligence sharing ignoring other regions. This article goes in great detail to question the link between extremism and terrorism with its links to natural resources. All countries affected by terrorism are apparently endowed with massive natural resources. It also interrogates the War on Terror and the strategies adopted by governments in routing terrorism and extremism. It reveals blatant human rights abuses and the vicious ideological war between western civilization competing with that of the Asian and Middle Eastern progress narrative. The article concludes that not much is understood about terrorism - other than the US government's propaganda on War on Terror - which has led to many countries losing their innocence.

Merit Award

(1) TITLE OF THE STORY: The cut and the hurt
Newspaper- The week
Team Leader- Mini P. Thomas
Language- English

It is a powerful investigative story on female genital mutilations, one of the darkest secrets of India. Girls belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra community are forced to undergo genital cutting at seven, an age when they are old enough to remember what they went through and young enough not to question it. What is practised in India is type1 , which involvespartial or total removal of the clitoris. Girlswho undergo cutting often compare it to rape. India is one of the few countries in the world where FGM is yet to be banned. FGM is a customary practicewhich has remained shrouded in secrecy for many decades and hence the story requires extensive research. The journalist posed as a bohri woman wanting to get FGM done and fixed an appointment with a gynecologist in a super speciality hospital in the heart of Mumbai. She also met FGM survivors and mid-wives who perform the procedure at some cramp and untidy clinics at Bhendi Bazaar in Mumbai. Some of these clinics in Mumbai were shut down. We got frantic calls from mothers saying they would never allow it to be done on their daughters. Meanwhile, the journalist also realised that strong legislation and sustained positive impact is crucial to stop this malpractice.

(2) TITLE OF THE STORY: Talibani Rules imposed by the Islamic Fundamentalists in the district of Murshidabad in West Bengal
Newspaper- Bartaman
Team Leader- Rantidev Sengupta

A series of 4 stories covering how Islamic Fundamentalists imposed Talibani rules in various parts in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. They banned Hindu festivals and started demanding seperate ' Mogalistan'. The story highlights the role of Islamic Fundamentalists in spreading Anti- Indian activities. The impact was significant as a PIL had been filed in Calcutta High Court. High Court had ordered D.M and S.P. of Murshidabad district to ensure security for the Hindu community in that area and to take proper steps to stop the Anti India campaign

(3) TITLE OF THE STORY: Ganga Jagran ( Awakening Ganga)
Newspaper- Dainik Jagran
Team Leader- Prashant Mishra
Team Members- Rajkishor, Nitin Pradhan, S P Singh, Ashutosh Jha, Sanjay Singh, Jayprakash Rajan, Niloo Ranjan, Mala Dixit, Mukesh Kejariwal, Sitesh Dwivedi, Harikishan Sharma

The Ganga Basin is one of the largest river basins in the world. The value of Ecological Service provided by this basin is immeasurable. Notwithstanding the life sustaining significance it provides , Ganga is extremely polluted. Against this backdrop, Dainik jagran started a special series Ganga Jagran on the various aspect of the Ganga basin focusing mainly on the Ganges, Yamuna and Gomti. A month long special series of news done by Jagaran team highlighted the present status of Ganga and also discussed the challenges and opportunities in way to cleaning this gigantic river. While planning for the series, extensive research work was undertaken. A special team of the National Bureau analyzed the Ganga Action Plan of govt and refered hundreds of books on the subject and river basin management plans of international rivers, i.e. Rhine, Denube, Murry Darling and Thames. with active participation and coordination with state and local bureau members, the team interviewed a number of people and visited to check the ground realities of source of pollution as well as the sewage treatment facilities in all the riparian states. During this special series, more than 100 stories highlighting the pollution of the river Ganges and the present status in various cities and several articles written by experts for the remedies of the problems persisting in the Ganga basin were published. After the publication of this major national parties promised to clean Ganga in their manifesto. When new government came to power, it created a new ministry exclusively for Ganga. The government undertook several initiatives. One of them was the idea of Ganga Vahini, a special task force to be constituted by the government.

(4- a) TITLE OF THE STORY: Awaiting Mercy
Newspaper- Deshbimani Daily
Team Leader- R. Samban
Team Members- C V Rajeev, K Shameer

The animal- like life of the near to extinction tribe Cholanaikkans is the basis of the investigative report series 'Waiting for Mercy' which appeared in 'Deshabhimani' Daily, for 28 days from August 10,2014 . The rocky hills in parts of Nilambur called Manjeri have been home to a small tribe called the Cholanaikkans for several years. Until a few years ago, the Cholanaikkans lived in caves, ate what the forest gave them, and lived by their own laws. The world outside knew of this tribe only three decades ago. The government classified the tribe under the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups to make them beneficiaries of various schemes to protect the Cholanaikkans. The stories aim to find out whether these beneficial schemes for them were fruitful or not. The sorry state of affairs of these helpless tribals was brought to light for the first time. The tribal welfare departments'' society started collecting their produces for better prices and began to provide rations and provisions at locations in the forest. Later on the investigation revealed the widespread malpractice prevalent in distributing food supplies to the tribals and in collecting their produces. It is said that the corrupt forest dept officials bribe them and manipulate them with alcohol, cigarettes and other sweet nothings, for their use. The shocking reports had its desired effect when the District Collector put an end to the barter system of the Forest department. Government decided to provide them with the food supplies directly . It was decided to conduct medical camps and a census was to be done as the need for steps to protect the tribe has been heightened by their dwindling numbers.