Newsweek & The Daily Beast – Open Hands Prize Ceremony Guests: Ray Kelly, Nisha Pahuja and Others (Photos)

The first ever Newsweek & The Daily Beast—Open Hands Prize for Commentary goes to...Dilip D’Souza! In a special ceremony at the Asia Society in Manhattan Wednesday night, the Mumbai-based freelance writer took home $25,000 in prize money dedicated to promoting South Asian journalists. See the literary figures, South Asian experts and generous supporters who attended the party.

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Newsweek & The Daily Beast – Open Hands Prize Ceremony Guests: Ray Kelly, Nisha Pahuja and Others (Photos)

The first ever Newsweek & The Daily Beast—Open Hands Prize for Commentary goes to...Dilip D’Souza! In a special ceremony at the Asia Society in Manhattan Wednesday night, the Mumbai-based freelance writer took home $25,000 in prize money dedicated to promoting South Asian journalists. See the many literary figures, South Asian experts and generous supporters who attended the party.

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Newsweek & The Daily Beast editor Tina Brown listens to Dilip D'Souza give his acceptance speech, as he voiced amazement at the rate of change that's enveloping India.

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Dilip D'Souza, Maximum City author and New York University journalism professor Suketu Mehta, The World Before Her (winner of best documentary at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival) director Nisha Pahuja, and senior Brookings Institute fellow, 30-year veteran of the CIA, and frequent Daily Beast contributor Bruce Riedel discuss the problems facing South Asia in the award panel.

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Co-host Lawrence Schiller, president and cofounder of the Norman Mailer Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony.

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Da Chen, author of the memoir Colors of the Mountain and Brothers: A Novel.

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Bim Bissell, cofounder of the fashion company Fabindia.

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Ken Chen, executive director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

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Dilip D'Souza and South Asian expert Nicholas Dirks, Vice President and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

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Ford Foundation vice president Darren Walker.

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Melissa Chiu, Museum Director of the Asia Society.

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Spas Roussev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TeleLink Holdings, former Sunday Times editor Harold Evans and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.