November 13, 2018
6.30 pm Onwards
Kamal Mahal, ITC Maurya, New Delhi



In June 2018, the Thomson Reuters Foundation ranked India as the world's most dangerous country for women. It cited the risks that our women face from sexual violence and harassment, from cultural and traditional practices, and from human trafficking. Was anyone surprised? Probably not. Because everyone knows that in our deeply patriarchal and traditional society, we revere our goddesses but ill-treat our girls. The #MeToo movement, which was slow to come to India but has quietly taken root, shows us the universality of the problem. It tells us that no relationship is sacred, no one is exempt; women from all classes and sections of society are repressed and oppressed here. And yet our women persevere. They fight to get ahead at work and play; they show intelligence, ingenuity and the indomitable spirit of the Devi when going for their goals; and sometimes, just sometimes, they beat the odds and give the world a success story to rejoice in. It is these heart-warming success stories that the Sunday Standard Devi Awards celebrate. The awards are designed to recognize and honour professional women who, through their exceptional work in different sectors, are helping to change the lives and lot of people around them. We instituted the Awards in New Delhi in December 2014, and have since paid tribute to women achievers from around the country. We returned to the capital for the fifth edition of the Devi in the city, and our 16th edition nationally, to celebrate the achievements of ten remarkable women drawn from across the country. Join us in listening to their stories and wishing them strong winds beneath their wings.

The Devis

Anju ManglaJail Superintendent
Aparajita RaiIPS Officer
Kiran NadarArt Collector & Patron
Madhu JainTextile Conservationist and Craft Revivalist
Rita SarinWomen’s Activist
Shilpi MarwahaActor-Activist
Suchita SalwanEntrepreneur
Tsering ChondolEnvironmentalist
Vijaya JadhavIAS Officer

Photo Gallery

  • The Devi awaits  the winners and guests
    TNIE Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla escorts  Union Minister of State for HRD Satyapal Singh, who was the chief guest, to the hall
    The event begins with the  lighting of the ceremonial lamp
    Managing Editor Shampa Dhar-Kamath delivers the Welcome Address
    Full house at the 5th edition of the Sunday Standard Devi Awards in New Delhi on November 13
    Prabhu Chawla introduces the Minister welcome speech
    Union Minister Satyapal Singh delivers the Keynote Address
    Jail Superintendent Anju Mangla receives her award
    Minister honours IPS officer Aparajita Rai
    Kashmir Valley's first watersports coach Bilquis Mir receives her award from the minister
  • Art Collector Kiran Nadar receiving her trophy
    Craft revivalist and Textile conservationist Madhu Jain wins teh award for creating the world's first totally biodegradable textile
    Social Activist & Country Director of The Hunger Project collects her trophy
    Theatre Artist & Activist Shilip Marwaha collects her award
    Young entrepreneur and Founder of LBB, Suchita Salwan, collects her trophy
    Environmentalist Tersing Chondol receives her trophy from the minister and an Ahujasons shawl from TNIE Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla
    Bureaucrat  Vijaya Jadhav wins the Devi Award for her zero tolerance of corruption and transparent administration
    Compere Richa Anirudh
    Raju Chadha, Chairman, Wave Group, presents a bouquet to the minister
    Rinki Dhingra, Sr President & Country Head – Government Banking at YES Bank, presents a bouquet to the guest of honour
  • Dr Singh and Prabhu Chawla share a laugh
    The awardees with the minister and Prabhu Chawla




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