|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Dec 10: Prominent television journalist and senior news editor, Times Now TV Channel, Pradeep Dutta, was honored with Rudra Awards -2017 for his excellence in the field of broadcast Journalism.
Award which included citation, trophy and cash reward of Rs 51,000 was presented by Avinash Rai Khanna, Member Parliament Rajya Sabha.
Besides Pradeep this year's Rudra award by Chaman Lal Gupta Foundation was given to four other personalities in different fields like sports, art and culture, education and social service.
Pradeep is known for his aggressive reporting, two years back was bestowed with highest honour of Times of India group - Chairman's Award For Excellence - for his exemplary performance-only journalist in Times Group to bag both awards.
He has several years of experience in covering issues related to traditional and non-traditional security. Whether it is direct reporting from encounter site in Pathankot or terror strike in any part of Jammu and Kashmir, or trekking non-stop 16 hours to reach the post at the LoC, which is at a height of 13,000 feet or spending a night at a forward post on the International border to get a first-hand report of Jawans keeping watch against all odds, Pradeep is at the frontlines before most of his contemporaries. Pradeep is also recipient of internationally acclaimed Mehboob-ul-Haq award by Colombo based Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) for joint research with academician from Karachi on Indo-Pak Water Politics, and has been the Charkha-Sanjoy Ghose Fellow for Peace & Development, 2004-05.
He is also the recipient of SAFMA AWARD in Lahore for reporting about Indo Pak issues.
Pradeep, from time to time has written and presented papers in national and international conferences on topics related to small arms proliferation, Indo Pak relations, Elections 2014, Politics of Displacement and Trust Deficit etc.
Besides this he writes poetry on sensitive issues like partition, Kashmir imbroglio, woman literacy, girl education under shadow of gun etc that have been published in premium places.
During his student days he was founder and editor of bi-monthly children magazine Oyster. This magazine was launched in 93 when militancy in Kashmir was at its peak and many a youth had been lured to gun-culture. Idea behind this magazine was to channelise energy of youngsters and carve positive space and positive atmosphere