This is the highest civilian award of India.
In a series of exposés, Shourie and the Indian Express uncovered corruption in the highest echelons of the government and exposed several major scandals.
Shourie started a one-man crusade in 1981 against the chief minister of Maharashtra State, which caused the resignation of the then chief minister, the highest-ranking official in India, by newspaper reporting.
In 1982, the paper's owner Ramnath Goenka fired Shourie as a result of continued pressure by opponens.
He was lured back to the Indian Express by Goenka in 1987.
The differences on editorial policy forced him to resign from the Indian Express.
Shourie is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has been a member of the Rajya Sabha and also held the office of the Minister of Disinvestment, Communication and Information Technology in the Government of India under Atal Bihari Vajpayee's prime ministership.
In the year 2000, Shourie pledged a good amount for setting up of Bio-Sciences & Bio-engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. In 2005 he also displayed his commitment to a similar cause by for developing a separate and well-equipped building for Environmental Sciences and Environmental Engineering at the institute.
His writings have gained him a considerable following around the country, as well as, several national and international honours.
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