Palagummi Sainath

Palagummi Sainath

Reporter + Photojournalist + Editor
Born 1957
Age 58
Hometown Tamil Nadu

Palagummi Sainath is an Indian journalist. He calls himself a 'rural reporter', or simply a 'reporter' – and photojournalist focusing on social problems, rural affairs, poverty and the aftermaths of globalization in India. He is the Rural Affairs Editor for The Hindu, and the website India Together has been archiving some of his work in The Hindu daily for the past six years. Amartya Sen has called him "one of the world's great experts on famine and hunger".… Read More

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1957 Birth Born in 1957.


1980 23 Years Old After receiving a Master's degree in history, he launched his career as a journalist at the United News of India in 1980 where he received the news agency's highest individual award. … Read More


1993 36 Years Old In 1993 Sainath applied for a Times of India fellowship. … Read More


2007 50 Years Old 1 More Event
He is one of few Indians to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award, which he accepted in 2007 in the category of Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts.
2009 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2009 Sainath was reported to have declined a state award.
2011 54 Years Old In June 2011, Sainath was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree (DLitt) by the University of Alberta, the university's highest honor.
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