Debashis Basu gets this year’s Shriram Sanlam Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism
Moneylife's Editor Debashis Basu received the Shriram Sanlam Award for his columns in Business Standard
Debashis Basu, Editor and Publisher of Moneylife as well as Founder-Trustee of Moneylife Foundation was on Friday felicited with the Shriram Sanlam Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism. He received this Award for his weekly columns in Business Standard. The Award is given by Shriram Group and South Africa's Sanlam Group.
Mr Basu was felicitated in the presence of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator of Financial Times and Ajay Piramal, Chairman of Shriram Capital Ltd in New Delhi. Several prominent personalities from the world of banking and finance including regulators and corporate India were present during the Award presentation.
Mr Basu received the Award for his column “A Swachh Financial Sector Abhiyan?
” published in the Business Standard
on 16 November 2014. In the column, Mr Basu discussed about Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC), another initiative from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was keen to adopt and implement.
Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism was instituted in 2012 by Shriram Capital in association with Chennai-based Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR). Each Category Winner receives a cash prize of Rs1 lakh along with a citation.
Commenting on the Awards, GS Sundararajan, Wholetime Director, Shriram Capital, "The winners of Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism 2014 represent the best of that fraternity. Shriram Capital and Sanlam recognize that the potential of Financial Journalism and the positive impact it can create to the economy as a whole. These awards are aimed at encouraging a transformational approach to Financial Journalism in the medium term."
TCA Srinivasa Raghavan was conferred with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award and AV Rajwade was conferred with the special Hall Of Fame Award at the 3rd Edition of the Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism by Mr Prabhu.
"Today, the world desperately needs good, credible Financial Journalism with quality compelling content. Business and Financial journalists are an important source of knowledge on what is happening in the BSFI sector and have a great influence on the views of key players, decision makers, influencers as well as their readers. Economic and business stories now move at a digitally driven speed that does not allow as much time for comprehension, let alone reflection. Radical changes and dynamic developments emphasise the need to stand still, think and ponder. There is a pressing need to recognise those pearls of journalistic wisdom that stimulate the much-needed change in the thought process of the corporate world. After all, a business journalist is an instrument of change and an influencer of influential!" Shriram Capital says about the objective behind these Awards.
(Ian Kirk, Deputy CEO, Sanlam Group, TN Ninan and Ajay Piramal (Centre) with all the Winners of the Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism 2014)
Here are the Winners from different categories this year…
1. Economic Policy - No Winner Announced
2. Financial Markets -Winner : Debashis Basu , Runner Up -: Devangshu Datta
3. Financial Institutions - Winner: Raghu Mohan, Runner Up: Atmadip Ray & M Rajshekhar
4. Sectoral Issues - Winner: Aarati Krishnan , Runner Up : Goutam Das & N Madhavan
Mr Basu while expressing gratitude to the Shriram group for sponsoring the Award and the jury members for selecting him, said, "My heartfelt gratitude to the anonymous soul who nominated me, or anyone else who may have been behind me getting this award. Winning an award was never in my mind. My first article appeared in May 1984, exactly 31 years ago. After three decades, people do get jaded and bored. This award will inspire me all over again to plug away in the years to come."