Dawn (Pakistan) and Hindustan Times (Delhi) were jointly awarded the inaugural Karpoor Chandra Kulish International (KCKI) Award for 2007 at a ceremony in Delhi on March 12, 2008. The KCKI Award has been instituted by Rajasthan Patrika to honour journalists who covered events of people's struggle for a life of dignity and fulfillment.
The theme for the first ever KCKI Award was 'Human Development'. A total of 187 entries were received from across the globe, including the US, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Australia and Pakistan, among others. Sixty-one Indian newspapers pitched for 145 entries, while 10 members of international media submitted 42 entries.
The story of Assistant Editor Afsan Subhai and her team, titled 'Why does corporate Pakistan detest democracy', which was published in the Karachi edition of the Dawn, and the story published by Senior Editor Nilesh Mishra and his team, titled 'The new Muslims – From Masjid to market, a journey', which was published in the Delhi edition of Hindustan Times were declared the joint winners.
The KCKI Award carries prize money of $11,000 and a trophy. Instituted in the memory of Karpoor Chand Kulish, founder of Rajasthan Patrika, KCKI Award aims to promote values in journalism by acknowledging the contribution of outstanding news stories published in the print media that effect a change in the lives of people.
The jury comprised luminaries like N Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu; HK Dua, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune; Prof Bakul H Dholakia, former Director of IIM, Ahmedabad; Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman & National Creative Director, O&M; and, Gulab Kothari, Editor & Managing Director, Rajasthan Patrika.
Former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, gave away the prizes to the winners. The function was chaired by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, while Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was the guest of honour at the ceremony.
Speaking that the Award ceremony, Kothari said, "Rajasthan Patrika has launched KCKI Award with a view to honour journalists who covered events of people's struggle for a life of dignity, fulfillment and honour."
Voicing his displeasure over the 'single-minded' obsession of a section of the media with market forces, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said that the editorial policy should not be directed by profit motive or by prejudices of "media moguls and barons".
He lamented that the media was not giving the same importance to issues of governance that it gave earlier, and said that "mere sensationalism" should end.