February baby’s first journalism award

February always been kind to me. This year it has been exceptional giving. Not only did I celebrate my 27th birthday on 13th, lot of good news have come along in the last few days.

I have won my first journalism award — UNFPA Laadli Media Award 2010-11. I’m grateful to Tehelka and its editors for their support. Perhaps no other news organisation in this country gives so much freedom to a journalist as Tehelka does. I’m lucky I work for such a magazine.

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Parallel Histories

In early 1900s, Rajoni Kanto Majumder came to Jharia from Shantipur in Nadia district to work as a manager in the coal division of the KC Thappar group. He got married to Sudhangshu Bala Ghosh from Mushidabad and settled down in the coal town.

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‘We give J&K 90 percent subsidy on everything but no one regrets it’

UNTIL A few days ago, Anurag Thakur was merely the son of a chief minister and a BJP MP. Several persons answer to that description, so it wasn’t a big deal. Now, suddenly, Thakur is being billed as one of the next big things in the BJP. His Ekta Yatra was a big show for a party that hadn’t done mass politics for a while. It must count for something in a notoriously slow party when you can get Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj rushing to be seen at your show. When TEHELKA met Thakur for its Upcomer series, where promising Indians are interviewed to get an early sense of their perspective, he was presiding over a bustling Yuva Morcha office unlike a somnolent BJP office next door. There have been highprofile youth leaders in the BJP who have slowed down as they moved into the core party. What goes on in Thakur’s mind that can save him from a similar slowdown? Excerpts from an interview:

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