NEW DELHI: Writer Namita Gokhale has been chosen as the recipient of the seventh Yamin Hazarika Woman of Substance Award. She was conferred upon the honor recently in a virtual ceremony.
Organized by a collective of women professionals from the year 2015, the annual award honors Yamin Hazarika, the first woman from Northeast India to be selected for DANIPS, a federal police service that administered Delhi and the Union Territories in 1977.
The organizers noted that Gokhale is a critically acclaimed award-winning writer with 20 books, including 11 works of fiction, to her name.
A co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Gokhale also mentors Himalayan Echoes and the Kumaon Festival of Literature and the Arts.
“The world is full of unsung heroes whose legacy adds momentum to human progress. Yamin Hazarika was made of heroic mettle and continues to be an inspirational figure more than two decades after she passed on,” Gokhale said.
Speaking during the ceremony, historian Yasmin Saikia of the Arizona State University said that history is no longer confined to great men but is also about great women.