Nobel and other Prizes

Pulitzer Prize and the Indians who have won it

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Pulitzer Prize

Mains level : NA

A team of four Indian photographers have won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for their coverage of the Covid-19 crisis in India.

About Pulitzer Prize

  • The Pulitzer is the most coveted award for journalists from across the world.
  • It is announced by America’s Columbia University and bestowed on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Who was Joseph Pulitzer, after whom the awards are named?

  • Born to a wealthy family of Magyar-Jewish origin in Mako, Hungary, in 1847, Joseph Pulitzer had a stint in the military before he built a reputation of being a “tireless journalist”.
  • In the late 1860s he joined the German-language daily newspaper Westliche Post, and by 25 he had become a publisher.
  • In 1884, he was elected to the US House of Representatives from New York’s ninth district as a Democrat.

When were the Pulitzer awards instituted?

  • The awards were instituted according to Pulitzer’s will, framed in 1904, where he made a provision for the establishment of the Pulitzer Prizes as an incentive to excellence.
  • Pulitzer specified solely four awards in journalism, four in letters and drama, one for education, and five travelling scholarships.
  • After his death in 1911, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded in June, 1917.

Indians who have won the Pulitzer

  • A member of the Ghadar Party in America, journalist Gobind Behari Lal, was the first from India to win the Prize in 1937.
  • In 2000, London-born Indian-American writer Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her debut short story collection Interpreter of Maladies.
  • In 2003, Mumbai-born Geeta Anand was part of the team at Wall Street Journal that won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on corporate corruption.
  • In 2016, Indian-American Sanghamitra Kalita, then managing editor of Los Angeles Times, won the Pulitzer.

The list goes on to date ….

 

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