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Awards Function of Citizens for Peace - Indian Express Essay Competition - 2007

The Citizens for Peace/Indian Express essay competition awards function was on January 30, 2008, at the Nehru Centre in Mumbai. The date was chosen for being MK Gandhi’s death anniversary, and while welcoming the gathering, Titoo Ahluwalia drew attention to that. He also mentioned that Gandhi’s friends and supporters had pleaded that Nathuram Godse not be executed, in the best tradition of Gandhi’s own humanity.

The function began with a reading of a shortlisted essay that did not win a prize, but that moved us at CfP greatly. It was written by Rashmi Mishra, a teacher at the Aditya Birla School in Bharuch. Rashmi was present, and we were honoured to give her a certificate commending her essay.

Vishwanath Sachdev, journalist and ex-editor of the Navbharat Times, gave away the Hindi prizes. The actress Ayesha Raza read out the winning essay, by Anuj Sinha, an engineering student from Ujjain.

Dorab Supariwalla, the well-known psephologist, gave away the English prizes. First prize went to Anuranjan Roy of Kolkata, who told the audience that this was his happiest day: he had just won a lakh of rupees, and the actress Dia Mirza had just read out his essay. Indeed, she read it, and complimented Anuranjan on his writing.

Shyam Benegal gave a keynote address.

The winners were:

3rd prize: Ohol Suryakant Shushim, Ahmednagar
2nd prize: Dilip Kumar, Kalyan
1st prize: Anuj Sinha, Ujjain

3rd prize: Tapan Kumar Pradhan, Navi Mumbai
2nd prize: Anubhuti Mishra, Ahmedabad
1st prize: Anuranjan Roy, Kolkata

All the prizewinners were present for the function, as were Rashmi Mishra and Priya Kale whose English essays were shortlisted.

Citizens for Peace congratulates not just the winners, not just the shortlisted writers, but everyone who participated. As every year, it was a humbling experience for us to read the outpouring of sentiment and thought in these essays, and we are glad to be able to provide the forum for that expression.


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