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18th Annual PoleStar Awards
The Categories
Best feature in IT Journalism
(magazine / newpaper / online media)
Best Feature in Business Journalism (magazines / newspapers / online media)
Jury Special Recognition
The PoleStar Award Winner
Takes Home
The PoleStar Trophy
A Citation
Rs. 2 lakhs prize money for Best Feature in IT and Business Journalism
Rs.1 lakh prize money for Jury Special Recognition

Golden Moments
Highlights of 12th PoleStar Awards
Best Feature in IT Journalism

Mr. Srikanth R P

Srikanth R P won The PoleStar Award titled, ‘Best Feature in IT Journalism’ for 2009 for his story, ‘How Unified Communications is transforming India Inc.’, published in Network Computing.

Srikanth is currently associated with United Business Media (UBM) as an Executive Editor of InformationWeek.

UBM is one of the world's largest media organizations, which owns brands such as InformationWeek, INTEROP, Network Computing and Dr Dobbs Journal. Srikanth is responsible for the InformationWeek (India) edition, in addition to playing a vital role from the content point of view in INTEROP (India). INTEROP is one of the world’s largest enterprise IT conference and exhibitions. With more than 14 years of experience to his credit, Srikanth’s core expertise has been in writing about the business of Information Technology. He has headed the editorial operations of the Mumbai bureau of Express Computer, one of India’s leading IT magazines, where he was responsible for conceptualizing and creating a robust editorial plan that accurately captured the pulse of existing industry and technology trends. Srikanth has also been associated with Patni Computer Systems, India’s 7th largest IT services company by revenues. In Patni, he was a key member of the communications and thought leadership team responsible for creating acompelling value proposition for his organization, through focused written communications such as books, articles and whitepapers. After Patni, Srikanth was associated with Capgemini India Consulting Private Limited, one of the world’s premier IT consulting companies in a Marketing and Communications role.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

Mr. Indrajit Gupta, Ms Malini Goyal and Ms Neelima Mahajan jointly won The PoleStar Award titled, ‘Best Feature in Business Journalism’ for 2009 for their story, ‘Walmart’s Passage to India’, published in Forbes India.

Mr. Indrajit Gupta

Indrajit Gupta is the Editor of the Indian edition of Forbes, launched by Network18 in alliance with Forbes Media. Before joining the Network18 group, he was the Resident Editor at the flagship Mumbai edition of The Economic Times in Mumbai and before that, the National Business Editor at The Times of India. His grounding in journalism was built through his stints at Business Standard and Businessworld.

Indrajit was nominated for the British Chevening Fellowship for Print Journalists awarded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1999. He is an alumnus of the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai and also holds a B.Com (Hons) degree from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata.


Ms. Malini Goyal

Malini Goyal is a business journalist with close to 20 years of experience. She has worked with India's leading publications including The Economic Times, India Today, Forbes magazine and a brief stint at Seattle Post in the US. She specialises in deep-dive features. Her interests are wide - from corporate strategy to organisational issues, auto industry to consumer behaviour.

As a journalist she enjoys doing pieces that focus on how a rapidly changing economy is changing India as a society and as a nation. She currently works as a Senior Editor with the Sunday magazine of The Economic Times.


Ms. Neelima Mahajan

Neelima Mahajan has more than a decade of experience in business journalism. She is currently based in Beijing, China, where she is Editor of CKGSB Knowledge, a China-focused management research and knowledge journal. Neelima was a Special Correspondent at Forbes India, the Indian edition of Forbes magazine, for two years as part of the initial start-up team.

Prior to joining Forbes India, she was Principal Correspondent at The Times of India and a Correspondent at Businessworld. Neelima has a keen interest in management thought and has done extensive work in the domain. She is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, and Panjab University, Chandigarh. Neelima was an International Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, in 2010-2011, where she was granted a Bill and Melinda Gates Fellowship to do work on food security in Africa.

Jury's Special Recognition

Ms. Shriya Bubna

Shriya Bubna won The PoleStar Award titled, ‘Jury's Special Recognition’ for 2009 for her article, ‘The risk in ratings’, which appeared in The Week.

Shriya is currently working as an independent consultant providing economic and policy research support across projects in the private and public sector. Before this she worked as a research associate with the World Resources Institute in the domain of sustainable urban transport.

Shriya trained as a journalist and has over three years experience in participating in various development debates. She interacted with multiple stakeholders to the development process including public, private players and policymakers working with major publications such as The Week, Business Standard Limited.

Shriya has been formally trained as a development economist and a journalist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from University of Mumbai and a postgraduate diploma in journalism (with distinction) from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She has recently completed her Master’s degree (with distinction) in Development Economics from School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London on a Felix scholarship.

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