Senior journalist Akshaya Mukul on Wednesday boycotted the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards which were handed out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A news report in Caravanmagazine.in by Sandeep Bhushan said the award in the Books category for Mukul’s work Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India was received by Krishan Chopra, the HarperCollins India publisher.
Mukul, who works in the Times of India, has been quoted as saying that though the Ramnath Goenka Award was an honour, “I cannot live with the idea of Modi and me in the same frame, smiling at the camera even as he hands over the award to me.”
On the BJP, Mukul said during the assault on journalists by men in lawyer’s robes at Patiala House Court earlier this year, the attackers were accompanied by a BJP leader, in a reference to the party’s views on journalists.
Mukul’s book, Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India, has won many more non-fiction awards.
The caravanmagazine.in piece goes into detail over fissures in the Indian Express over the invite to Modi.