East Mojo’s Pankaj Dhungel conferred Ram Patro Memorial Excellence in Journalism Award

Priyanjali Mangar Thapa

Gangtok, 24 May:

Journalist Pankaj Dhungel was conferred with the Ram Patro Memorial Excellence in Journalism Award for the year 2021-22 in a function held today in Gangtok.

Pankaj Dhungel is the Sikkim correspondent for digital media outlet East Mojo.

The award ceremony had Minister Food & Civil Supplies Department, Arun Upreti as the chief guest, while Upper Tadong MLA, GT Dhungel and Press Advisor to the CM, CP Sharma were present as guests of honour among other dignitaries.

While expressing his happiness on receiving the award, 30-year-old Pankaj Dhungel from Gangtok expressed his gratitude to his parents, founder of East-Mojo, Karma Paljor and his fellow journalists. “Joseph Lepcha for me is the first hero who inspired me as a child to get into this field of journalism. My uncle Ganesh Chandra Khanal who told me and my cousin to read newspapers daily when we were in school and my English literature teacher at St Xavier’s School, Pakyong, ST Rana who always made us write about what’s going on in our mind before he began teaching. I believe I took these habits of reading and writing too seriously, and that shaped me into the Pankaj I am today,” said MrDhungel.

He added that Sikkim Express shaped his journalism and to receive the award from the Sikkim Express committee is a blessing for him.

Prashant Acharya, on being presented the best working journalist in Sikkim Express &Himali Bela award, thanked Sikkim Express Editor, Amit Patro and the committee for honoring him with the award.

“It is an historic moment in my life for me since it is for the first time, I am receiving an award in Sikkim,” he said. He expressed his gratitude to his ever supporting father, Mr Acharya, who is also an active member of Indo Nepal border journalists association.

In his address, the chief guest thanked the Ram Patro Award Committee remembered and paid homage to Late Ram Patro for his selfless contribution in the field of journalism in Sikkim.

“It was as if Ram Patro laid a foundation stone of journalism in this sparsely populated Sikkim,” he said. He also congratulated the awardees and appreciated all the journalists of Sikkim for their clean and unbiased journalism.

Likewise, Upper Tadong MLA, GT Dhungel said that journalism is the voice of the voiceless.

“I hope Sikkim will go a long way in the field of journalism with these active journalists,” he added.

Addressing the function, Press Advisor to the CM congratulated the awardees and encouraged young journalists to contribute more towards the society. He also shared his experience of reading newspapers namely Sikkim Express and Sikkim Herald, the oldest newspapers of Sikkim, when he was young. While appreciating the hard work put in by journalists, he expressed there was a vast difference in sitting inside a room and writing poems and stories than going out to the field and jotting down live stories to make a report out of it.

At the same event, Siliguri correspondent of Sikkim Express, Prashant Acharya was presented with Best working journalist in Sikkim Express &Himali Bela award and supporting staff, Chet Kumar Gurung was felicitated with a Certificate of Appreciation for his contribution towards the house.

The function, which was conducted by Satyadeep Chettri, started with the welcome address by Editor Sikkim Express, Amit Patro and ended with the vote of thanks by reporter Sikkim Express,DichenOngmu Bhutia. The function also observed a two-minute silence in the memory of veteran journalist, the Late CD Rai.