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Arti Kulkarni (IBN Lokmat)

Arti Kulkarni (IBN Lokmat)

Wind Under the Wings Award An award-winning journalist, Arti Kulkarni has been lauded as the voice of conservation in the Marathi media, and has a dedicated following in her viewers and readers across the state. Encouraged by IBN Lokmat, where she works as Deputy Feature Editor, this bold woman has doggedly followed her dream, and lives it every day by defending the wild species she loves through her hard-hitting exposes and campaigns on the problems facing wildlife reserves in Maharashtra. Courtesy: Arti Kulkarni.

Month Year: December 2012

Wind Under the Wings Award

IBN Lokmat for enabling and encouraging Arti Kulkarni, Deputy Feature Editor, to combine and hone her talents as a journalist, filmmaker and conservationist.

Arti Kulkarni’s passion for wildlife and environmental issues has always burned bright. For over a decade, she has worked as a filmmaker and writer to spread awareness on these concerns. Her film, ‘Gaaj… Call of the Ocean’ was recognised both nationally and internationally, while her reports  on illegal mining in Tadoba and the leopard  crisis in Maharashtra revolutionised Marathi journalism by bringing environmental issues to the fore. Arti’s raw creativity and passion resonated within IBN Lokmat, where she has worked for the last five years as Deputy Feature Editor. Her campaign to protect the buffer zone of the Tadoba Tiger Reserve against illegal mining won her the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award and led to the Central Government cancelling the leases that would have seriously impacted tigers. Other campaigns include exposés on thermal plants and chemical units that were polluting the Konkan region and the faulty siting of windmills much too close to the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. Her meticulously researched reports helped highlight the very real threat to flamingoes from the proposed Sewri Nhava Sheva Sea Link and the value of the mudflats of Thane Creek to Mumbai. Currently working on campaigns to protect the Western Ghats from iron ore mining, she has successfully raised awareness of the value of, and the threat to, the newly-declared Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, nearby forests in Maharashtra and the tiger forests of Goa. She has also started ‘Shekru – a journey for conservation stories’, a platform to create awareness about Maharashtra’s wildlife.

Arti Kulkarni has successfully earned a following. Lakhs of people have been educated and involved in the issues she has raised through responsible environmental reporting; to the extent that other television news channels have begun to emulate her example.

For this, we honour her and IBN Lokmat.

First published in: Sanctuary Asia, Vol XXXII No. 6, December 2012.

 
 
 

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