Distinguished journalist Vinod Mehta was on 9 February 2015 awarded with the Yash Bharti Samman 2015 by Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government.
Vinod Mehta has launched a number of successful publications such as the Sunday Observer, Indian Post, The Independent, The Pioneer (Delhi edition) and Outlook. He has authored a biography of Meena Kumari (movie actress and poet) and Sanjay Gandhi- The Sanjay Story (2012).
His other acclaimed work includes memoir Lucknow Boy published in 2012, Mr Editor, How Close Are You to the PM? (1999) and Bombay: A Private View (1971). Currently, he is editorial chairman of the Outlook Group.
In all, 56 people were bestowed with the award. The other recipients of Yash Bharti Samman are
• Actors: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jimmy Shergill
• Singers: Rahat Ali Khan Sabri, Kailash Kher, Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Shubha Mudgal, Anup Jalota, Urdu poet Bekal Utsahi, lyricist Sameer, music director Ravindra Jain
• Sports: Wrestler Alka Tomar, weight lifter Poonam Yadav
The other recipients of the award are Jagadguru Swami Bhadracharya, Yogendra Singh Yadav (Paramvir Chakra receipient) and Bekal Utsahi.
About Yash Bharti Samman
• Yash Bharti Samman was instituted by Mulayam Singh Yadav Government in 1994.
• The award is conferred by the Uttar Pradesh Government for excellence in literature, fine arts, folk and classical music and sports.
• The award carries cash prize of 11 lakh rupees, a citation and a shawl.
• The award was discontinued by the Bahujan Samaj Party Government from 2007-2013, but later it was revived after a gap of six years.
Who: Vinod Mehta
When: 9 February 2015