Who: Nisid Hajari
What: Won 2016 William E. Colby Award
When: 28 January 2016
Why: For his book Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition
Nisid Hajari on 28 January 2016 won the 2016 William E. Colby Award for his book,Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition.
Hajari will be presented with the award and honorarium at Norwich University, the USA in April 2016.
The Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition covers the 1947 partition of India and the violence that surrounded that event.
Who is Nisid Hajari?
• Hajari oversees Asia coverage for Bloomberg View, the editorial page of Bloomberg News.
• Prior to working at Bloomberg, he spent 10 years as a top editor at Newsweek International and Newsweek magazine in New York, during which the magazine won over 50 awards for its international coverage.
• From 1997 to 2001, he helped to create TIME’s first Asian edition in Hong Kong, winning two General Excellence Awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia.
• He helped edit the best-selling essay collection, Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower.
• He has appeared as a commentator on foreign affairs for CNN, BBC, and National Public Radio.
• He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
About William E. Colby Award
• The William E. Colby Writers’ Award was established in 1999 by the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium at Norwich University in Vermont.
• It is awarded to recognize a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs.
• It is named in honour of former CIA director William Egan Colby.
• Winners of the Colby book award receive a 5000 US dollars author honorarium provided through a grant from the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation.
• In 2015, Douglas V. Mastriano won the award for Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne.