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Highlights of 20th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in Technology Journalism

  • Shyamanuja Das
  • Shyamanuja Das

    Shyamanuja Das won the PoleStar Award for his article, Decoding Digital Transformation In India, which appeared in CIO & Leader

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Shyamanuja Das has more than two decades of experience in business journalism and research. Starting his career with Voice & Data, a telecom publication, he went on to become the editor of Dataquest, India's oldest IT publication, which he ran for five years. Now, he runs multiple publications at 9.9 Group that includes CIO & Leader for the CIO community; IT NEXT for the next level IT leaders and CSO Forum for the enterprise information and cyber security professionals.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Pratap Vikram Singh
  • Pratap Vikram Singh

    Pratap Vikram Singh won the PoleStar Award for his article, A tangled wireless tale, which appeared in Governance Now

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For Pratap, plunging into journalism was not a childhood dream or pursuit for becoming one of star TV reporters. It was a TV show on NDTV, discussing the role of media in a democracy, that motivated him to go to Delhi for the scribe training. In his ten years of experience as a reporter, he undertook deep analysis of telecom, electronics and information technology industries, reported on lack of effective governance in social sector and the efficacy of public policy interventions related to a wide range of issues.

Best Good News Feature

  • Adrija Bose
  • Adrija Bose

    Adrija Bose won the PoleStar Award for her article, In This Haryana Village, There Is A Woman Footballer In Nearly Every Home, which appeared in HuffPost India

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Adrija Bose has worked as a digital journalist for over seven years and has written extensively on issues relating to gender, art & culture, and human rights. She started her career at Firstpost and has worked at NDTV, HuffPost India. She is currently working with CNN-News18 as an Associate Editor. She is the recipient of South Asia Laadli Award (2017) for her stories on Kashmiri women's battle against mental health, India's first female Islamic clerics, and Haryana's girls who play football.

Highlights of 19th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Goutam Das
  • Goutam Das

    Goutam Das won the PoleStar Award for his article, 'Going, Going, Gone: Automation can lead to unprecedented job cuts in India', which appeared in Business Today

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Goutam Das is a Senior Editor with Business Today. He is a teller of true stories, for which he uses data,reportage, and old-fashioned intelligence. In a career spanning over 16 years as a journalist, he has worked with publications such as The Financial Express and Dataquest. Goutam has won a bunch of awards, which includes two Shriram Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism, a PoleStar Award for IT Journalism, an IIMCAA Award for Developmental Journalism and the Citi Journalistic Excellence Award in 2017.His reportage includes the business of technology, manufacturing, smart cities, e-commerce, labour and skills.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • NS Ramnath
  • NS Ramnath

    NS Ramnath won the PoleStar Award for his article, 'Gigerenzer's simple rules', which appeared in Founding Fuel

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NS Ramnath is a journalist with Founding Fuel, where he tracks trends in business and technology. He is also working on a book on Aadhaar, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2018. Prior to Founding Fuel, Ramnath was with Forbes India and Economic Times. He has degrees in Economics and Financial Management from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.He is interested in technology, society, systems thinking and philosophy.

Best Good News Feature

  • Durba Ghosh
  • Durba Ghosh

    Durba Ghosh won the PoleStar Award for her article, 'They learn from YouTube and pay via PayTM. Meet the Google girls of rural India', which appeared in Tech in Asia

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A Business Journalist with over a decade of experience, Durba Ghosh has gained ample expertise in covering the tech and startup industry over the years. She likes to fold in her knack for feature writing in long-form business stories, which is her forte. She has closely tracked corporate and thought leaders in the tech industry to put out effective storytelling. Durba is an expert at networking and communication mediums - including new age digital platforms as well as social media. A graduate from Delhi University, she also holds a post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications,Delhi.

Jury's Special Recognition Award

  • Samar Srivastava
  • Samar Srivastava

    Samar Srivastava won the PoleStar Award for his article, 'Cadbury's worms of graft: Whistleblower reveals all', which appeared in Forbes India

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Samar Srivastava is an associate editor with Forbes India covering corporate India.After studying law he vectored to journalism by accident and it is the only job he's done since.His main interests lie in the intersection of business and investing. In particular, he's interested in looking at what makes certain companies click and how best to value them across business cycles. In his decade long stint as a business reporter,he has reported on a variety of industries from retail and consumer goods to India's rapidly evolving auto sector and real estate. Prior to Forbes India, he worked at Mint and Businessworld magazine.

He has a Bachelor's degree in Law from NALSAR University and a Master's degree in Business Journalism from New York University.

Highlights of 18th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Rajat Ubhaykar
  • Rajat Ubhaykar

    Rajat Ubhaykar won the PoleStar Award for his article, 'The Emerging World Of 3D Printing', which appeared in Outlook Business

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Rajat Ubhaykar is a Senior Correspondent with Outlook Business, one of India's premier business magazines. He's worked as a journalist for over 2 years now and has covered diverse sectors such as banking, financial inclusion, stock markets, social enterprises, SMEs, logistics, technology start-ups and renewable energy. He also undertook a three month long journey hitchhiking with truck drivers all across India and wrote a six-part series for Outlook Business about the highway economy.

Before joining Outlook Business, he worked as a business analytics associate with ZS Associates, a multinational management consultancy firm. He has a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. He is also an omnivorous reader and finishes one book per week religiously. His interests span a wide variety of subjects including writing, literature, history, business, travel, films, music, art, geopolitics, science, and chess.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Sarika Malhotra
  • Sarika Malhotra

    Sarika Malhotra won the PoleStar Award for her article, 'Invisible Hands', which appeared in Business Today

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Sarika Malhotra is Associate Editor at Business Today, India Today Group. At Business Today, she has been covering development economics for more than four years. Her stories involve ground reportage and investigations from some of the remotest and Naxal affected areas of the country.

Sarika is the 2014 winner of the first prize for Economic Journalism in Asia from the IE Business School, Spain and CAF Development Bank of Latin America. She has won the Special Jury Recognition from PoleStar Foundation in 2015, and Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity by Population First and UNFPA in 2015. Sarika also won the inaugural Aster Media Award for Social Impact in 2016.

Spanning over 10 years, Sarika began her career in journalism in 2005 with The Times of India and has worked with The Financial Express and Sakaal Times. She has a diverse experience of reporting on private equity, financial services, grassroots entrepreneurship, water and social economy. Sarika has a Doctorate in International Studies from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. With a constant itch to venture into the lesser known, ground reportage is her calling. For 'tricky' stories, she enjoys capturing photographs too!

Jury's Special Mention Award

  • Sonal Khetarpal
  • Sonal Khetarpal

    Sonal Khetarpal won the PoleStar Award for her article, 'Inclusion Insensitive Inc.', which appeared in Business World

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Sonal Khetarpal is a Principal Correspondent with Business Today, one of the India's distinguished business magazines. Sonal has worked in the field of publishing and journalism for over eight years. She started her journalism career in India writing about entrepreneurship for Inc. India, the Indian version of the American magazine Inc. She has reported extensively on entrepreneurship, start-ups, management and social media. She particularly enjoys writing on inclusion and diversity issues at workplaces. At Business Today, her focus is on writing about management and digital media trends. She holds an English (Hons) degree from University of Delhi, and a Masters in English Literature from National University of Singapore. When not chasing stories and battling deadlines, she finds solace in food, mountains and all things gree

Highlights of 17th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Mansi Kapur
  • Mansi Kapur

    Mansi Kapur won the PoleStar Award for her article, 'Good Vs Evil', which appeared in Business Journalism, dated November 2014.

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Mansi Kapur is currently heading Digital Edition with Fortune India, a globally distinguished business magazine

After 12 years of reporting and writing, Mansi Kapur has spent the past year building the digital edition of Fortune India, a globally distinguished business brand. She comes from a rich experience of covering diverse sectors such as banking ?automobiles, media, food, liquor and China. She enjoys writing on the intersection of technology and skills and loves fleshing out the drama of building businesses.

2003. Before joining Fortune India, she worked with Hindustan Times,Infomedia18 Ltd, The Times of India, where she also won the SNU-LG Press Fellowship in Journalism. Last year, she won the Polestar award for the best feature in IT journalism for her story on YouTube.

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Goutam Das
  • Goutam Das

    Goutam Das won the PoleStar Award for his article, 'Rise of the machines', which appeared in Business Today, dated July 2014.

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Goutam Das is Senior Editor with Business Today. His reportage includes technologyenabled businesses, the manufacturing economy as well as smart cities. In fact, everything that involves the habitat and livelihood.

He has more than a decade of experience in journalism; before Business Today, he was with The Financial Express in Bangalore,Deccan Chronicle,and Dataquest.

Jury's Special Mention Award

  • Sarika Malhotra
  • Sarika Malhotra

    Sarika Malhotra won the PoleStar Award for her article, 'Economy vs Democracy', which appeared in Business Today, dated April 2014.

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Sarika Malhotra is Senior Assistant Editor at Business Today,the largest selling business magazine in the country.At Business Today she has been covering development economics from three years. Her stories involve ground reportage and investigations from some of the remotest and Naxal affected areas of the country. Sarika is the winner of the first prize for Economic Journalism in Asia from the IE Business School,Spain and CAF Development Bank of Latin America

Spanning 10 years,Sarika began her career in journalism in 2005,with The Times of India,the largest circulated English-language newspaper in the world. Prior to joining Business Today, she was a part of The Financial Express -- the oldest financial daily in India -- for four years, and was the page editor for the cover story, 'Focus' of the SundayFE and also anchored the Election 2009 edition.Sarika has a diverse experience of reporting on private equity, financial services, grassroots entrepreneurship, and social economy.

She has a Doctorate in International Studies from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has also worked as a Project Fellow on the University Grants Commission funded project, while pursuing M. Phil at JNU and was also awarded the Indian Council for Historical Research Fellowship. Although a full time journalist now, in 2012, she had her first academic publication in 'Rising INDIA in the changing Asia-Pacific: Strategies and Challenges' on India-New Zealand Relations published by Pentagon Press.

Highlights of 16th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mansi Kapur
  • Mansi Kapur

    Mansi Kapur won the PoleStar Award for her article, 'The Future is Now', which appeared in Fortune India, dated June 2013.

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Mansi Kapur is a Special Correspondent with Fortune India, a globally distinguished business magazine

Mansi has over 11 years of experience as a journalist, covering diverse sectors such as automobiles, infrastructure, aviation and trends in the corporate sector. She also enjoys writing on the intersection of technology and skills, as well as the impact of social media on everyday lives.

At Fortune, Mansi chronicles across diverse sectors, such as banking, liquor, food, IT and Chinese firms, fleshing out the drama of building businesses. With an SNU-LG Press Fellowship in Journalism, Mansi started her journalism career with Business Standard in 2003.

Before joining Fortune India, she worked with Hindustan Times, Infomedia18 Ltd, The Times of India and Business Standard.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Kripa Mahalingam
  • Kripa Mahalingam

    Kripa Mahalingam won the PoleStar Award for her article, 'Buyer's Market', which appeared in Outlook Business, dated March 2013.

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Kripa Mahalingam is the Associate Editor of Outlook Business, one of India's premier business magazines. She has over 10 years experience as a journalist and has reported on diverse areas like private equity, emerging businesses and large companies. Kripa started off by primarily covering the stock markets before moving on to other sectors.

Prior to her stint with Outlook Business, she worked with Cholamandalam Securities and IDBI Bank performing roles as an equity research analyst and investment advisor.

Her initiation to writing was at her first job at Business Standard, where she wrote for the magazine's weekly edition on 'investment'. Kripa today extensively uses her understanding of equity research when it comes to reporting on other sectors as well.

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Madras and a Masters in Business Administration from ICFAI and is a qualified CFA.

Outlook Business is an insightful, thought-provoking and in-depth business magazine that delivers fresh perspective, coupled with a holistic approach.

Highlights of 15th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Srikanth R P
  • Mr. Srikanth R P

    Srikanth R P won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in IT Journalism' for 2012 for his story, 'How Indian TV show Satyamev Jayate used Big Data to inspire the world', published in InformationWeek.

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Srikanth RP is a vastly experienced communications specialist with more than 16 years of experience, with core expertise in writing about the business of Information Technology.

Srikanth is currently working with United Business Media (UBM) in the capacity of Executive Editor, InformationWeek (India).

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 fully responsible for the InformationWeek (India) edition, leading a team of talented journalists. Prior to this, he was playing the role of Head-Conference for INTEROP (Mumbai) and Cloud Connect (Bengaluru), besides being responsible for InformationWeek (India).

In the past, Srikanth has headed the editorial operations of the Bombay 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.

He has also been associated with Patni Computer Systems, (now acquired by iGate), where he was a key member of the communications and thought leadership team responsible for creating a compelling value proposition, through focused written communications such as books, whitepapers etc. After Patni, he was associated with Capgemini India Consulting Private Limited, one of the world's premier IT consulting companies, where he headed the Internal Communications function.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Mr. Kandula Subramaniam
  • Mr. Kandula Subramaniam

    Kandula Subramaniam won the PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in Business Journalism' for 2012 for his article, 'Stinking Rich', published in Outlook Business.

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Kandula Subramaniam, Associate Editor, Outlook Business has over 15 years of experience as a journalist, specializing in the areas of power, infrastructure and economy.

With a M.Phil in applied economics. Kandula started his journalism career with Business Standard in 1996. Before joining Outlook Business, he worked with Businessworld, Indian Express, Financial Express and Business Standard.

Apart from writing opinion articles, he has also written several news stories on his specialized subjects and has authored many academic articles on the power sector.

Kandula has a paper published by the UPenn titled 'Thirteen Years of Power Sector Reform in India: are we still groping in the dark?' He has also made presentations on power at World Bank, Teri and other platforms.

Jury's Special Recognition

  • Mr. Ayushman Baruah
  • Mr. Ayushman Baruah

    Mr. Ayushman Baruah won the PoleStar Award titled, 'Jury's Special Mention' for 2012 for his article, 'Healthcare industry prescribing a dose of technology' published in InformationWeek.

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Ayushman is a Bangalore-based business and IT journalist with about six years of experience. He is currently working as the Principal Correspondent of InformationWeek (India) where he is responsible for writing news, views and features in technology and the business value of technology. Ayushman tracks IT services and emerging technologies such as cloud, mobility, big data, and social media and has written several trend-setting stories around them. He is globally well exposed as he has covered technology summits and conferences both at the national and international level.

A post-graduate in Communications from Commits Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication (Bangalore), Ayushman has earlier worked with reputed publications such as The Financial Express (The Indian Express Ltd) and The Shillong Times. He is also an NSE-certified capital market professional (NCCMP) which gives him an edge in business reporting. An active inter-college debater during his academic years, he takes special interest in speaking at conferences and moderating panel discussions. Besides, Ayushman is a firm believer that good journalism is good business.

Jury's Special Mention

  • Ms. Geetika Rustagi
  • Ms. Geetika Rustagi

    Geetika Rustagi won the PoleStar Award titled 'Jury's Special Mention' for 2012 her article, 'Internal networks at work go social', published in Mint

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Geetika Rustagi, has been working with Mint since June 2009 as a Web Editor. She graduated from Delhi University with Honors in Journalism and went on to earn a PG Diploma in Journalism specializing in new media from Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.

She is responsible for video production and social media at Mint. Prior to this role, she was on the web desk updating the website and handling social media for livemint.com (the online identity). In these four years, she has been associated with some special projects like Manthan Awards and mBillionth Awards given for outstanding work in the field of ICT by Digital Empowerment Foundation. She has also been reporting on social media, technology, mobile apps and digital trends. Her current work profile revolves around video production and devising social media strategy for Mint.

Her personal interests include social media, advertising, digital trends and branding. She has also worked with the India Today Group and The Hindu's lifestyle supplement MetroPlus and has dabbled into content writing as well.

Highlights of 14th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Hari Pullakat
  • Mr. Hari Pullakat

    Hari Pullakat won The PoleStar Award titled 'Best Feature in IT Journalism' for 2011 for his article, 'How smart technologies are drawing city of tomorrow and redrawing cities of today', published in The Economic Times

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Hari's current job as a Senior Editor with Economic Times, involves editing a page on science and technology and writing on technology, society and economic development for other pages.

Prior to this, he spent 17 years in Businessworld, based out of Delhi, Bangalore and San Francisco. In Delhi he covered the science and technology ministries and national labs. In Bangalore he wrote about the IT and biotech industries, focusing on R&D and product development. From the Silicon Valley he wrote about startups, venture capital, renewable energy and science. Some of his earlier stints were with the Economic Times and The Link Magazine. He has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Calicut University and Master of Arts in English Literature from University of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Ms. Shrutika Verma
  • Ms. Shrutika Verma

    Shrutika Verma won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in Business Journalism' for 2011 for her story 'Services Economy Moves Online' published in Businessworld.

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Shrutika comes with a diverse experience of working across multiple sectors with some distinguished names in journalism namely Reuters and Businessworld.

She is currently working as a Special Correspondent at Businessworld. In the last two years at Businessworld, her writing has been focused on e-Commerce, consumer durables and the education sector. She has written many detailed industry pieces across sectors and has contributed several newsbreaks especially in the fast growing sector of e-commerce -- like Amazon's entry into the Indian market and 'FDI escapades -- How Indian e-tail companies are creating multiple entities to get around the FDI regulations'. Shrutika is a graduate in Journalism from the University of Delhi and a post graduate in Mass Communication from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.

Jury's Special Recognition

  • Mr. Jamshed Avari
  • Mr. Jamshed Avari

    Jamshed Avari won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in IT Journalism' for 2010 for his story, 'Safe Social Networking' published in CHIP magazine

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Jamshed Avari has been writing about technology for over eight years. Having started out as an intern, he is now Deputy Editor of CHIP, India's most trusted guide to technology.

He regularly writes articles and opinions, reviews new products and software, and analyses news, trends and current events. Going beyond simple ratings and specifications, he digs deep into how emerging products and services affect actual users and society at large. He's happiest when anything comes along that challenges everyone's assumptions about how products should work, what they should do, and who can benefit from them.

Jury's Special Mention

  • Mr. Shelley Singh
  • Mr. Shelley Singh

    Shelley Singh won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Jury's Special Mention' for 2011 for his article, 'How low cost computers are used for education, livelihood' published in The Economic Times.

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Shelley is a Senior Assistant Editor with The Economic Times and is a veteran journalist with about 18 years of experience across magazines and newspapers, covering different beats from personal finance to technology.

He has been with The Economic Times for the last seven years, writing news stories and features related to corporate affairs, technology and business issues. Shelley has closely interacted with leading experts in various fields, both in India and outside. Prior to this, he was with The Financial Express writing subjects spanning across Real Estate, Automobiles, Personal Finance, Healthcare and Entrepreneurship. He then moved to Intelligent Investor (now called Outlook Money) and later to Businessworld. At Businessworld, Shelley co-authored a book on BPO and wrote a number of cover stories spanning topics like outsourcing, technology and internet. Shelley completed his Masters in Physics at Delhi University and has an MBA in Technology Management from Deakin University, Australia. He won The British Chevening Scholarship in 2002 and went to the UK for a media course at the University of Westminster, London.

Highlights of 13th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Jamshed Avari
  • Mr. Jamshed Avari

    Jamshed Avari won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in IT Journalism' for 2010 for his story, 'Safe Social Networking' published in CHIP magazine

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Jamshed Avari has been writing about technology for over eight years. Having started out as an intern, he is now Deputy Editor of CHIP, India's most trusted guide to technology.

He regularly writes articles and opinions, reviews new products and software, and analyses news, trends and current events. Going beyond simple ratings and specifications, he digs deep into how emerging products and services affect actual users and society at large. He's happiest when anything comes along that challenges everyone's assumptions about how products should work, what they should do, and who can benefit from them.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Mr. Sudhir Ramchandra Gore
  • Mr. Sudhir Ramchandra Gore

    Sudhir Ramchandra Gore won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in Business Journalism' for 2010 for his story 'White Crisis' published in India Today.

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Sudhir is a senior journalist who has been writing in Hindi and English for last 23 years. His present job as Executive Editor with news portal www.naidunia.com involves ideating, planning, editing stories along with designing the final editorial product.

Sudhir has been doing stories on business, economy, technology and education and society. He has earlier worked with The India Today Group, The Times of India, Dainik Bhaskar and Free Press in various capacities, largely with business desk and reporting. He has majored in English and Political Science besides having a diploma in Business Management and a post graduate diploma in Mass Communication. In mainstream journalism since 1990, Sudhir is passionate about development of digital content in Indian languages.

Jury's Special Recognition

  • Ms. Vantika Dixit
  • Ms. Vantika Dixit

    Vantika Dixit won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Jury's Special Recognition' for 2010 for her story 'Digital Resurrection of Indian Heritage' published in Technology Review.

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Vantika is Manager - IP Deployement and Commercialization at Infosys Labs, Infosys Limited.

In the winning year, she was the Associate Editor (India Edition) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Technology Review magazine. She began her career with Hindustan Times continuing with HT Broadband channel, HT's online UK edition and India Today's Men's Health magazine. She has also worked as a book editor for some of India's leading publishers such as Prentice-Hall of India, Oxford University Press and Tata McGraw-Hill. Vantika holds a B.A.Honors degree in English Literature from Miranda House, University of Delhi.

Highlights of 12th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Srikanth R P
  • 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.

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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
  • Mr. Indrajit Gupta

    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.

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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.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Ms. Malini Goyal
  • 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.

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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.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Ms. Neelima Mahajan
  • 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.

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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
  • 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.

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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.

Highlights of 11th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Gunjan Trivedi
  • Mr. Gunjan Trivedi

    Gunjan Trivedi won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in IT Journalism' for 2008 for his cover story, 'Serving IT shrunk', published in CIO on the holistic business impact that ICICI Bank enjoyed when it comprehensively virtualised its server ecosystem.

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Over the past 11 years, Gunjan's work portfolio has extended from hands-on Enterprise IT deployments to writing about various facets of Information Technology leveraged by some of India's largest organisations, and to hosting peer-experience & knowledge-sharing platforms while moderating extensive industry-level conversations. His expertise resides in being able to deconstruct complex IT implementations, and focus on their business impact.

Gunjan has been associated with IDG Media for close to 8 years now, and is currently the Executive Editor, managing the editorial team for audience engagement programs and events for IT decision-makers, leaders and influencers across the CIO, Computerworld and Channelworld brands. Earlier, he was the Executive Editor for CIO and headed the editorial team for CIO India Magazine and CIO India Online. He had earlier been the Executive Editor for Computerworld India as well.

Before turning to journalism, Gunjan was directly involved in numerous IP-WAN infrastructure implementation projects at medium to large-sized organisations. Apart from his practical knowledge in the field of IT, his soundness of technology stems from his academic background as a Bachelor in Computer Applications (BCA), a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Ms. Dhanya Krishnakumar
  • Ms. Dhanya Krishnakumar

    Dhanya Krishnakumar won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in Business Journalism' for 2008 for her story, 'The Sun in the Backyard', published in Businessworld.

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Dhanya has specialized in covering the IT and Telecom industries through her years in journalism. She enjoys writing about technology as she feels it is a great socio-economic equalizer and can do wonders to help promote inclusive growth of the society.

Dhanya was formerly a Principal Correspondent with Businessworld, heading the Bangalore bureau of the publication. She began her career as an IT journalist with the CyberMedia group in 2001. She's had the rich experience of working with a wide array of print & electronic media, including CNBC TV-18, NDTV Profit, Times Now, and The Times of India. Dhanya completed her BA in Economics from Mar Ivanios College, her MA in Politics with specialisation in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University and her PG Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism.

Jury's Special Recognition

  • Mr. E Kumar Sharma
  • Mr. E Kumar Sharma

    E Kumar Sharma won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Jury's Special Recognition' for 2008 for his articles: 'On a (merit) roll', 'The route to `dharmacracy' and 'Messiah or merchant?', that appeared in Business Today.

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Kumar, currently the Associate Editor at Business Today, has been with Business Today for over a decade and in business journalism for over two decades now.

He has written on everything related to business across sectors, including catching early trends and writing on corporate strategy but has tended to track domains like Healthcare, pharma, microfinance, information technology and retail.

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Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Pankaj Mishra
  • Mr. Pankaj Mishra

    Pankaj Mishra won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in IT Journalism' for 2007 for his story titled, 'Rural twist to BPO story', published in Mint.

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Pankaj Mishra has over nine years of experience in IT Journalism.Having started his career with Express Computer, Pankaj then moved to become the India Correspondent for the Singapore-based and US-headquartered United Business Media where his role involved tracking the Indian Technology industry for Asia Computer Weekly, Network Computing Asia and Intelligent Enterprise Asia.

He then moved to Jasubhai Digital Media as a Senior Assistant Editor. In 2006, Pankaj joined Mint as its lead Technology Correspondent and later also covered Telecom for the publication. Pankaj then joined the Indian Edition of CIO Magazine as its Executive Editor and also worked as Editor Technology & Deputy Resident Editor-South at The Economic Times. He currently is the National Editor (South) of Mint-The Wall Street Journal Newspaper. His interests include writing on Software Services, Business Process Outsourcing and Emerging Technologies in the areas of wireless and enterprise applications. Pankaj has a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Allahabad.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Ms. Pallavi Srivastava
  • Ms. Pallavi Srivastava

    Pallavi Srivastava won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in Business Journalism' for 2007 for her article, 'Kiranas Strike Back', that appeared in Business Today.

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Pallavi started her journalistic career in 2003 as an Audience Research Coordinator at NDTV. She then freelanced with The Future Times and indiantelevision.com before joining CNBC TV18.

In 2006, Pallavi joined Business Today as its Principal Correspondent and after a two year stint she joined CNBC TV18 as a Senior Correspondent in 2008. Within a short span of five years, Pallavi has had the opportunity to work with both print and electronic media. She worked for Yes Bank as a Senior Manager, Food and Agribusiness Strategic Advisory & Research (FASAR) before at Yes Bank. She quit her job in 2011 to work from home as a freelancer. She did her Diploma in Journalism and Communication at Amity School of Journalism, Noida and her BA in English, Economics - Delhi University.

Jury's Special Recognition

  • Ms. Pratima Harigunani
  • Ms. Pratima Harigunani

    Pratima Harigunani won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Jury's Special Recognition' for 2007 for her articles: 'What's cooking at OPD?' and 'Is your ATM safe?', that appeared in CyberMedia News.

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With a chequered career spanning across stints like copywriter in advertising industry, and desk experience-cum- business reporting for an English mainstream Daily, she has spent a lot of years anchored in the various contours of Technology and IT media.

Over the years she has built up her metier covering the Enterprise space of IT industry in particular with many stories and specials dedicated to analysis of major vendors, futuristic dynamics, CIO concern areas and evolution of ERP space. She is also inclined to the Academic side of the industry and has written research papers for various journals such as the Indian Journal of Service & Marketing or OGEL journal. Presently, she is working as a consulting editor with CIOL and contributes for magazines like Sustainuance on environmental issues.

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Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Ms. Janani Gopalakrishnan Vikram
  • Ms. Janani Gopalakrishnan Vikram

    Janani Gopalakrishnan won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in IT Journalism' for 2006 for her article, 'Those magnificent people and their amazing robots!', which appeared in i.t. Magazine.

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Janani has always been passionate about writing, especially on technology.

A freelance writer and very busy hands-on mom, she writes on a variety of subjects ranging from science to philosophy, especially emerging technology and cuisine! Based out of Chennai, Janani is a regular contributor to the magazines of the EFY Group such as Electronics For You, Open Source For You & EFY Times -- and thoroughly enjoys the work she does for them as it keeps her constantly in touch with experts in the field and provides opportunities to keep learning new things. She also extends editorial assistance to Tarla Dalal, the cooking diva of India. To her, life is above everything else, and encompasses everything else -- she enjoys every role she plays and values every person in her Web.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Ms. Archna Shukla
  • Ms. Archna Shukla

    Archna Shukla won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in Business Journalism' for 2006 for her story, 'Confessions of a rural marketer', published in Business Today.

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Archna began her journey in Journalism in 1999. Currently, she is working with The Indian Express as its Senior Editor.

She earlier worked with Mint as its Deputy Features Editor in New Delhi. Her primary interest is writing on Media, Marketing, Advertising, Management and Strategy. Prior to Mint, she was with Business Today for three years as an Assistant Editor. Some of her earlier stints were with Business Standard, The Economic Times and The Sunday Times (London). Archna is a winner of the Chevening scholarship. With a Marketing background, Archna started her career in Journalism focusing on sub-editing and production work.

Jury's Special Recognition

  • Ms. Sangeetha Chengappa
  • Ms. Sangeetha Chengappa

    Sangeetha Chengappa won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Jury's Special Recognition' for 2006 for her articles, 'Move over IT and BT, make room for MT' and 'Can Academia bail out Industry from manpower shortage?', that appeared in Deccan Herald.

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Sangeetha currently works at Deccan Chronicle as a Senior Special Correspondent.

As a hardcore business journalist for eight years Sangeetha is backed up by 10 years of deep industry experience imbuing her writing with unique perspectives. Over the years, she has extensively reported on sectors like: IT, BPO, Retail, Hospitality, Advertising, FMCG, Personal Finance, E-commerce, Aeronautics, HR, Innovation Labs, Commodities (Coffee and Gold), Travel and Management Consulting.

With a lateral entry into business journalism in 1995, she joined Express Computer, as an IT correspondent. Prior to this, she had three years work experience as a Client Servicing executive with Hindustan Thompson Associates (now renamed JWT) and serviced diverse accounts like Wipro, Deccan Herald newspaper, TTK, Windsor Manor, Kwality Icecream and Pioneer newspaper, among others. Before this for three years, she was a Sales Executive with NIIT, and interacted with public sector undertakings and the private sector, educational institutions and banks. Her first job, post-college, was as a Sales Trainee with the Taj West End Hotel. Working with some of the best names in industry has enabled her to comprehend nuances better, that now translate into her writings.

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Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Ms. Kusum Makhija
  • Ms. Kusum Makhija

    Kusum Makhija won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in IT Journalism' for 2005 for her article, 'Inside the IT budget', published in Express Computer.

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Kusum Makhija currently works with Corporate Communications at Encore Capital Group.

She began her career as an IT journalist with the CyberMedia group, after graduating from Lady Shriram College, New Delhi. During her stint with the CyberMedia group, she focused on the channel community. Thereafter she worked with Express Computer. After a successful stint of over three years in Journalism, Kusum switched gears and moved to the corporate world. She joined Capgemini and went on to work at HCL Comnet and later moved to RBS. She did her MBA from IMT, Ghaziabad, in Marketing, and holds a diploma (distance learning) in Journalism and Mass Communication from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Mr.Shelley Singh
  • Mr.Shelley Singh

    Shelley Singh won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in Business Journalism' for 2005 for his article, 'Temptation', that appeared in Businessworld.

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Shelley is a Senior Assistant Editor with The Economic Times and is a veteran journalist with about 18 years of experience across magazines and newspapers, covering different beats from personal finance to technology.

He has been with The Economic Times for the last seven years, writing news stories and features related to corporate affairs, technology and business issues. Shelley has closely interacted with leading experts in various fields, both in India and outside. Prior to this, he was with The Financial Express writing subjects spanning across Real Estate, Automobiles, Personal Finance, Healthcare and Entrepreneurship. He then moved to Intelligent Investor (now called Outlook Money) and later to Businessworld. At Businessworld, Shelley co-authored a book on BPO and wrote a number of cover stories spanning topics like outsourcing, technology and internet. Shelley completed his Masters in Physics at Delhi University and has an MBA in Technology Management from Deakin University, Australia. He won The British Chevening Scholarship in 2002 and went to the UK for a media course at the University of Westminster, London.

Highlights of 7th
Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Ms. Nandini Vaish
  • Ms. Nandini Vaish

    Nandini Vaish won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in IT Journalism' for 2004 for her article, 'Data Security: The Unusual Suspects', which appeared in Businessworld.

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Nandini is a Communications Manager at Roli Books. Prior to this she was the Principal Correspondent with India Today where she covered issues allied to Business.

She also worked with Businessworld and CNBC TV18. Nandini graduated in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi and completed her postgraduation in Advertising and Marketing at The Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Ms.Gouri Shukla
  • Ms.Gouri Shukla

    Gouri Shukla won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in Business Journalism' for 2004 for her article, 'Global Winners, Indian Losers', which appeared in Business Standard.

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Gouri is a multi-skilled professional with over 6 years of experience in professional journalism and nearly 3 years of experience in managing communication, research and coordination projects in an environmental non-profit/think-tank setting.

She is currently based in Washington DC and works as a Freelance Writer and Researcher at E3G. Gouri has worked with publications like The Telegraph, Business Standard, The Asian Age and A&M (Advertising & Marketing). As a Business journalist, Gouri has written features on Management, Marketing, Business Strategy, Human Resources and Advertising. She has also covered social issues, film & television, lifestyle and personalities. She did her graduation in Economics at Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai and her Masters in Public Administration in George Mason University, USA.

Best Feature in Journalism

  • Mr. Stavan Desai
  • Mr. Stavan Desai

    Stavan Desai won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Breaking News' for 2004 for his article, 'Three Years Later, When Cellphones Ring: Who Spoke To Whom When Gujarat Was Burning', that appeared in The Indian Express.

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Stavan's tryst with Journalism began in 2001 when he joined The Indian Express in Ahmedabad as a Staff Reporter.

In 2006 he moved to Mumbai as a Special Correspondent to head a six-member crime and legal team focusing on special stories and reports. Stavan then worked as a Senior Assistant Editor for Hindustan Times. He focused on covering terrorism, insurgency and Leftwing extremism while heading the paper's Crime and Legal Bureau. He currently works as an Executive Editor with the Dainik Bhaskar group. Stavan did his Masters in Communication Studies at MS University, Vadodara.

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Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Mr.Shankkar Aiyar
  • Mr.Shankkar Aiyar

    Shankkar Aiyar won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in Business Journalism' for 2003 for his article 'Made In India: The Story of Manufacturing Revival', that appeared in India Today.

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Shankkar Aiyar is a prominent India-based journalist, analyst, columnist and author.

His path-breaking book Accidental India: A History of the Nation's Passage through Crisis and Change has fetched him national acclaim as a public intellectual. As an analyst, Aiyar specialises in economics and politics with emphasis on the interface between the two. As a public intellectual, he provides insights on news channels and as columnist writes on how politics impacts governance, the economy and financial markets. As a journalist for nearly three decades - his 1991 scoop on a bankrupt India pledging its gold reserves made national headlines - he has won awards and been at the helm of a national newspaper and newsweekly. Shankkar Aiyar was the recipient of the Wolfson Chevening Shared-Press Fellowship at Cambridge University and was awarded the Observer Business Journalist of the Year Award in 1992.

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Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Ms. Radhika Dhawan Puri
  • Ms. Radhika Dhawan Puri

    Radhika Dhawan Puri won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in IT Journalism' for 2002 for her article, 'E-Sourcing', published in Businessworld.

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She has freelanced for international organizations, such as the World Bank and the Economist Intelligence Unit in Jakarta (Indonesia). She is currently a Research Associate at the Institute of Water Policy, a research centre which is a part of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, (NUS), Singapore. Radhika started her career in 1992 with Business Today as a Bureau Assistant. Her contribution to Journalism won her the World Press Institute Media Scholarship (instituted by the World Press Institute) in 1999. Radhika did her B.A. in Economics from Xaviers College, Mumbai University and went on to complete her Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Xaviers Institute of Communication, Mumbai. She followed this with a Masters in Public Administration at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore in 2010.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

  • Ms.Geetha Nandikotkur
  • Ms.Geetha Nandikotkur

    Geetha Nandikotkur won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Best Feature in Business Journalism' for 2002 for her article, 'Women in IT Distribution', that appeared in CRN.

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Geetha is currently the Editor of IT Next, an enterprise B2B publication, published by the 9.9 Mediaworx Pvt. Ltd associated for the past two and half years.

Prior to joining 9.9 Media she worked as the Associate Editor at The Indian Express Ltd., for its Business Publication Division. She was the Bureau Chief for CRN, published by the erstwhile Jasubhai Digital Media, based out of Bangalore. Prior to this, she served as a Principal Correspondent, for Computer Reseller News, writing on the impact of the developments in the IT space on the channel business, and related areas. Her career spans over nearly 18 years as a journalist having exposed to different kinds of writing and mediums including, print and audio-visual. Geetha has also worked with Express Telecom, The Guardian, and Speed News Service. Before entering the arena of Journalism, Geetha worked as a part-time lecturer in AP Open University, Hyderabad, teaching 'Principles of Public Relations' to postgraduate students.

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Annual PoleStar Awards

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Samar Halarnkar
  • Mr. Samar Halarnkar

    Samar Halarnkar won The PoleStar Award titled, 'IT for the Masses' for 2001 for his article published in Business Today.

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Samar Halarnkar serves as Managing Editor of Hindustan Times at HT Media Ltd and is responsible for operations of all HT editions. He also serves as a Consulting Editor to Mint and is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley.

Prior to HT, he worked with Indian Express, Mumbai and Times of India, Bangalore. He has been in journalism for 19 years. He also has several Fellowships and Awards to his credit, including Fellow Program in Science - Journalism Centre, Missouri; Fellow Program in Energy, Environment and Resource Sustainability, Winnipeg, Canada. He is a columnist and a writer on poverty, diversity, technology and internal-conflict issues and also writes on food and cooking in his blog titled 'Our Daily Bread'. Samar is a 1987 Commerce Graduate from Bangalore University and a Post Graduate in Journalism from the University of Missouri - US.

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Ms.Shweta Verma
  • Ms.Shweta Verma

    Ms. Shweta Verma won The PoleStar Award titled, 'IT for Competitive Advantage', for 2001 for her article, 'e-Enablement: the enterprise gets e-ready', published in Dataquest.

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Shweta Verma is currently working as Executive Editor at Dataquest. She has over 16 years' experience in business and technology journalism with organizations like TV18, The Asian Age, Dataquest, BusinessWorld, and India Syndicate.

Shweta has also worked as a consultant on several content related projects for leading organizations like Infosys, Wipro, Tata Comm, IBM, Microsoft, WNS, Firstsource, Airtel, and CII amongst others. Shweta is an alumnus of IIMC Delhi, where she received The Hindu Award for best performance at the institute.

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Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Vijay Ramachandran
  • Mr. Vijay Ramachandran

    Vijay Ramachandran won The PoleStar Award titled, 'Internet IT Journalism' for his investigation into Pakistan-based hacker groups, published in ITspace.com in 2000.

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With over 23 years of journalistic experience, Vijay has worked with a variety of publications-from a mainstream, multi-edition daily to a niche biotech business publication.

Currently, Vijay is the Editor-in-Chief of IDG Media. Vijay has incubated many publications, including CIO, ChannelWorld, PCWorld, DeveloperIQ and BioSpectrum being one of them. He has been the Editor of CRN India, Executive Editor of Developer IQ and Deputy Editor of ITspace.com.

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr.Shubhendu Parth
  • Mr.Shubhendu Parth

    Shubhendu Parth won The PoleStar Award titled, 'IT for Competitive Advantage' for 2000 for his article, 'Smarter Cards', published in Dataquest.

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A communication expert and public affairs professional with over 20 years of print and online media experience, Shubhendu Parth has spent considerable time comprehending the Government Sector and how technologies enable a transparent and expeditious delivery of public goods.

He has a good grasp of governance processes, the role of bureaucracy and external agents and is credited with designing and successfully executing several technology magazines, e-Gov Capacity Building programs and credible linkage with the public sector.

After spending over nine years in mainline journalism-a career spanning from The Assam Express, Sunday Observer and The Indian Express-he moved on to join Cyber Media where he spent seven years learning about IT and driving Dataquest, Cyber Media News and the company's e-Gov initiative. In 2007 he quit his job as the Executive Editor of Dataquest to take up consulting, research and ICT for Development projects.

Shubhendu set up Blue Slate Media Pvt Ltd September 2007 with seed funding from a Capital 18 company to launch India's first government sector news portal iGovernment.in, which he later sold to 9.9 Mediaworx. He launched IT Next, India's first technology magazine for the senior level IT Managers in December 2009 as its Editor, before re-designing and re-launching three Elets Technomedia publication-eGov, Digital Learning and eHealth. He is currently the Director-Corporate Affairs at Mutual PR. A graduate in English from Patna University, he has done his Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan. He is also engaged with some of the state governments for consulting projects and impact assessment of e-Governance implementations.

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Hari Pullakat
  • Mr. Hari Pullakat

    Hari Pullakat won The PoleStar Award titled 'IT for the Masses' for 2000 for his article published in Businessworld.

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Hari's current job as a Senior Editor in Economic Times, involves editing a page on science and technology and writing on technology, society and economic development for other pages. Prior to this, he spent 17 years in Businessworld, based out of Delhi, Bangalore and San Francisco.

In Delhi he covered the science and technology ministries and national labs. In Bangalore he wrote about the IT and biotech industries, focusing on R&D and product development. From the Silicon Valley he wrote about startups, venture capital, renewable energy and science. Some of his earlier stints were with the Economic Times and The Link Magazine. He has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Calicut University and Master of Arts in English Literature from University of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

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Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Charles Assisi
  • Mr. Charles Assisi

    Charles Assisi won The PoleStar Award titled, 'IT for Competitive Advantage', for 1999 for his article published in The Financial Express.

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Charles Assisi won The PoleStar Award titled, 'IT for Competitive Advantage', for 1999 for his article published in The Financial Express.

Prior to this, Charles was the National Business Editor for The Times of India, where, he was responsible for increasing the number of business pages in the newspaper and introducing fresh content.

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr.Yograj Varma
  • Mr.Yograj Varma

    Yograj Varma won The PoleStar Award titled, 'IT for Competitive Advantage' for 1999 for his article published in Dataquest.

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With rich experience in Marketing and Analysis, Yograj Varma began his career in Journalism by writing on financial markets, as a Principal Correspondent with the Observer of Business and Politics, New Delhi.

He then joined Dataquest, as the Associate Editor of the publication. He was honored thrice with the in-house 'Cyber Star' excellence award. He then moved to the corporate world to head the Corporate Communications wing of Moser Baer. Yograj was the DGM, Internal Communications, for Bharti Airtel. Currently, he heads the Brand and Corporate Communications function at Apollo Tyres Ltd. Yograj is a Management graduate from the University of Pune.

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Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Anand Parthasarathy
  • Mr. Anand Parthasarathy

    Anand Parthasarathy was one of the first recipients of The PoleStar Award titled, 'IT for the Masses', for 1998 for a series of articles on IT published in The Hindu.

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His journalistic career started in 1994 when he joined The Hindu as its IT Correspondent and later became the Consulting Editor (Information Technology), for The Hindu group. Prior to his entry into Journalism, Anand served the (Indian) Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for over 20 years.

Anand is a graduate in Instrumentation and Control from Poona University and has a Masters in Systems Engineering (specialized in Underwater Systems) from Birmingham University (UK). In 2009, Anand moved from The Hindu to start his own technology communications & consulting company, Online India Tech Pvt Ltd and the India IT news portal IndiaTechOnline (www.indiatechonline.com) of which he is the Editor. He is also an IT Consultant to Kerala Tourism.

Best Feature in IT Journalism

  • Mr. Easwaradas Satyan (Ed Nair)
  • Mr. Easwaradas Satyan (Ed Nair)

    Easwaradas Satyan (Ed Nair) was one of the first recipients of The PoleStar Award titled, 'IT for Competitive Advantage', for 1998 for his contribution to Journalism.

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Based in Gurgaon, Ed is the editor of Dataquest and Global Services that covers Indian IT and the global outsourcing industry respectively. In this global role, Ed is very well networked with senior tech and business executives with Fortune100 companies in the US.

He also collaborates with B-schools (Duke- Fuqua, Univ. of Maryland-Smith, Thunderbird) in the US on various research assignments related to technology and global sourcing. Ed has spent over 22 years in technology research and technology media. Ed has a degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from Thunderbird School for Global Management, AZ.

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