3 India Today journalists get Ramnath Goenka awards for exceptional journalism

New Delhi 21st December, 2017 – Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu today awarded 27 journalists at the 12th edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards. Like every year, India Today journalists featured prominently among the award winners.

Image 1This year, three India Today journalists - BipashaMukherjea, Manogya Loiwal and Moumita Sen - were awarded by Naidu forexceptional journalism. Bipasha Mukherjea's reportage Goal Mizoram won theaward in the sports category, Manogya Loiwal's Young Minds Old Body won the topaward in the Uncovering Invisible India category, and Moumita Sen's Test Kashmirbagged the honour for Reporting from J&K category.

GOAL MIZORAM

7 Mizo boys were going away to play football in the prestigiousBundesliga. Driving through interior Mizoram, India Today's Bipasha Mukherjeahad to catch up with them before they left for Germany. These footballersserved as vanguards of a sporting revolution weaving dreams of glories to come.And along the meandering road everyone knew their names, the names of the boyswhose eyes were set on their GOAL.

THE CHALLENGE

Goal Mizoram is a story of how sports can build life and helpdevelop a region. Language, terrain and culture all were challenging andtherefore exciting. Mizoram is a state highly literate yet fighting poverty,alcoholism, AIDS. It is a land where Bollywood is yet to make its impressionbut the only thing that connects this remote state with the rest of the countryis its die hard passion for football. This sport is the gateway for the youthto build their lives and their families'. The challenge was to tell their storywhich would tell the story of their state in return and the rise of Mizoram asthe new Mecca of football in India.


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