DHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the democratically elected political leader of the Tibetan people, today sent his congratulations to Tibetan photojournalist Tashi Tobgyal for being among the winners of the national award for excellence in journalism 2015.
“I would like to congratulate you on winning India’s prestigious national award for excellence in journalism 2015. It is heartening to see a Tibetan youth achieve such high honors and recognition from the Indian government as well as in the mainstream national media,” Sikyong wrote.
“The award is a strong reflection of your own determination and compassion to drive a positive change, as embodied through your photographic coverage of the devastation caused by the 2014 Kashmir flood,” he added.
“Personally, it gives me immense joy to see a fellow Tibetan from Darjeeling attain the kind of recognition that you have. Your award will be a great source of inspiration and encouragement for the younger generation of Tibetans to pursue their passion and achieve excellence,” Sikyong said.
The Press Council of India (PCI) announced Tashi Tobgyal among the winners of the national award on 4 November, notably for his 12-day photo coverage of the 2014 Kashmir floods.
President Pranab Mukherjee is slated to present the award to the winners on 16 November.
Tashi Tobgyal hails from Sonada, Darjeeling and studied at the St. Joseph North Point School. He is working as a photojournalist at The Indian Express newspaper. His photographs and articles can be viewed at The Shutter Speed Journal.