New Delhi: The Quaide Milleth Educational and Social Trust on Tuesday, January 31, presented its annual Award for Probity in Political/Public Life to The Wire and Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani. The Chennai-based trust handed the Quaide Milleth Award for 2022 to The Wire for “recognition of the outstanding contributions to value based and fearless Journalism and unstinted struggle for the freedom of speech”. The full citation says:
“In recognition of the outstanding contributions to value based and fearless Journalism and unstinted struggle for the freedom of speech.
The Trust proudly records the contribution of the entire team of The Wire Media for their valiant efforts towards preservation of Democratic values and Institutions and Rule of Law in the country.”
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 2.5 lakh. The award is named after Quaide Milleth Mohamed Ismail, a freedom fighter and leader of the pre-partition Muslim League who rejected Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s ‘two nation theory’ and went on the play a leading role in the formulation of the Indian constitution as a member of the Constituent Assembly.
The award in his name is given annually to veterans in political and public life with “deep commitment to constitutional values, secularism, pluralism, inclusivism and concern for marginalised people”.
Veeramani, who is 90 years old, was recognised for upholding the principles and taking forward the Dravidar Kazhagam movement.
Retired civil servant and SIET chairman Moosa Raza, former vice-chancellor V. Vasanthi Devi, CSI (retd) Rev Bishop Devasagayam, veteran journalist A.S. Paneerselvan and trust ex-officio general secretary M.G. Dawood Miakhan were part of the selection committee for the award.