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Indian veteran journalist will receive the 'Sargapeedam 2023' award

Jose Kalathil, a senior journalist.

The Elias Club and Chavara Thinkers Forum, two organizations named after Catholic Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, have jointly awarded Jose Kalathil, a senior journalist.

The Elias Club and Chavara Thinkers Forum are named after Kuriakose Elias Chavara (1805–1871), a renowned Indian social reformer, a Catholic priest, and an educator from the southern state of Kerala, India.

Kalathil is a Delhi-based journalist with decades of experience in India and abroad.

He will receive the 'Sargapeedam 2023' award, the highest honor, for his remarkable journalistic career.

“I express my gratitude to the two organizations for this honor. I am proud that I was born in the same place where the saint was born: Kainakary, a pilgrimage site in Kerala, a southern Indian state.

Kalathil is the younger son of the late Vakkachan and Pennamma in the Kainakari field (near St. Mary's High School).  

After completing graduate studies at St. Berchmans College, Changanassery, one of the first autonomous colleges in Kerala, India, he earned a diploma in journalism from De Sales School in Delhi.

He began his journalism career at Jayaprakash Narayanan's “Everyman's News Weekly.” 

After the newspaper “Motherland,” where he worked during the emergency, closed, he returned to the Philippines, Israel, and Taiwan for higher studies.

Back in 1980, he worked for the famous newspapers “National Herald,” “Hindustan Times,” “Observer of Business and Politics,” “The Himalayan Times,” and “The Statesman.”

The award recognizes four decades of journalism work for democratic values and human rights.

Officials from the Elias Club and Chavara Thinkers Forum say they will announce the award-giving date later.


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