2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award
Senior Indian journalist Ravish Kumar was awarded this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize, for harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless.
He is among five individuals who were declared winners of the award, which is Asia’s premier prize and highest honour and celebrates greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia.
The four other winners of the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award are Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from the Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea.
About Ravish Kumar
Kumar, 44, who is NDTV India’s senior executive editor is one of India’s most influential TV journalists.
About Ramon Magsaysay Awards
The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpetuate former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay’s example of integrity in governance, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society. The prize was established in April 1957 by the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund based in New York City with the concurrence of the Philippine government. The award is internationally-recognized as the Nobel Prize counterpart of Asia and is the highest award given to Asian individuals and organizations.
It is named after Ramon Magsaysay, the third president of the Republic of the Philippines after World War II. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation gives the prize to Asian individuals achieving excellence in their respective fields. The awards were given in six categories, five of which were discontinued in 2009. Now, the award is given for Emergent Leadership or is uncategorized:
* Government Service (1958–2008)
* Public Service (1958–2008)
* Community Leadership (1958–2008)
* Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts (1958–2008)
* Peace and International Understanding (1958–2008)
* Emergent Leadership (2001– )
* Uncategorized (2009– )