Dhanya Rajendran, the founder-editor of The News Minute, a digital news platform based in India, has been selected as the recipient of the Chameli Devi Jain Award for 2022. This prestigious award, established in 1980, recognizes outstanding women journalists in India who have made a significant contribution to their field.
Rajendran is known for her fearless and incisive reporting, which has earned her a reputation as one of the most respected journalists in the country. She has covered a wide range of issues, including politics, social justice, and human rights, and has consistently exposed corruption and wrongdoing in high places.
The News Minute, which Rajendran launched in 2014, has become a leading source of news and analysis in southern India. The platform covers a range of topics, from politics and business to entertainment and sports, and has a strong focus on local news. Under Rajendran’s leadership, The News Minute has gained a reputation for its impartiality, accuracy, and commitment to journalistic integrity.
In addition to her work at The News Minute, Rajendran has also been a vocal advocate for press freedom and women’s rights. She has been an outspoken critic of the Indian government’s attempts to suppress dissent and curtail freedom of expression and has used her platform to champion the cause of women’s empowerment and gender equality.
The Chameli Devi Jain Award, named after a pioneering Indian journalist and women’s rights activist, is one of the most prestigious awards in Indian journalism. Previous winners include some of the country’s most respected journalists, including Barkha Dutt, Sagarika Ghose, and Karan Thapar.
In accepting the award, Rajendran expressed her gratitude and dedicated the honor to all the journalists who are fighting for press freedom and the right to speak truth to power. She called on her colleagues to continue to uphold the highest standards of journalistic integrity and to be a voice for the voiceless in society.