Palagummi Sainath
Indian journalist
Palagummi Sainath
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".
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The Gandhian Spirit is Alive in India--Sort Of - OpEdNews
Google News - over 5 years
"There is nothing wrong in having advisory groups," writes Palagummi Sainath, one of India's most renowned journalists. "Not a thing wrong in governments consulting them and also listening to people, particularly those affected by its decisions
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A Visit From Shri P. Sainath - Bucknell University (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Shri Palagummi Sainath gave the lecture and he is a world famous journalist who, through his work in the Third World, has drawn attention to issues such as famine and hunger that would otherwise be ignored by the government
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Patkar backs Posco fight in Karnataka - Business Standard
Google News - over 5 years
Meanwhile, noted journalist cum Magsaysay Award winner Palagummi Sainath expressed his solidarity with the anti-Posco villagers who have been staging dharna at Gobindpur protesting forcible land acquisition for the Posco project
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Siddiqui: Our universities go to school in India - Toronto Star
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The University of Alberta honoured Palagummi Sainath, “the rural reporter” who exposed the aftermath of globalization in India, including farmer suicides. McMaster is to honour MS Swaminathan, the “father of the green revolution,” who invented
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Comment faire du cinéma avec la détresse des paysans indiens ? - Les blogs du Diplo (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Je pense que des films comme Maudite Pluie ! sont vraiment très importants, confie Palagummi Sainath, journaliste indien spécialiste de l'agriculture, le premier à avoir écrit sur le suicide de paysans. Un tel projet permet de porter la crise agricole
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Un-American Ugly Americans
NYTimes - almost 20 years
ON the outskirts of Mandalay, the heart of Burmese religious and cultural life, a kind of California suburb is taking shape, with expensive detached houses in landscaped gardens walled off from the city's less prosperous reality. A shopping mall can't be far behind. Another sign of the Americanization of Asia? Not so, say the neighbors. The big
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    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 58
    On June 1, 2015, Sainath became the first ThoughtWorks Chair Professor in Rural India and Digital Knowledge at the Asian College of Journalism.
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  • 2014
    Age 57
    He won the inaugural World Media Summit Global Award for Excellence 2014 in Public Welfare for exemplary news professionals in developing countries.
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    He was the Rural Affairs Editor at The Hindu before resigning in 2014, and the website India Together has been archiving some of his work in The Hindu daily for the past six years.
    More Details Hide Details Amartya Sen has called him "one of the world's great experts on famine and hunger". Since late 2011, he has been working on People's Archive of Rural India, PARI, for which he is the Founding Editor. In June 2011, Sainath was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree (DLitt) by the University of Alberta, the university's highest honor. 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. Sainath was born into a Telugu speaking family in Chennai, then Madras. He is the grandson of freedom fighter, Indian National Congress politician and former President of India, V. V. Giri. Sainath went to Loyola College. He is a history graduate of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi He was awarded a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) honoris causa by the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 2011.
  • 2013
    Age 56
    Sainath, at an interaction program in Bangalore, revealed that the People's Archive of Rural India is going to commence operation on an experimental basis from June 2013.
    More Details Hide Details According to him this meant to serve as "an archive and living journal of history of rural India". He also clarified that the archive will not accept any direct funding by the government or corporate houses hence it'll be an independent body. Sainath cited "Rural India is the most complex part of the planet" as the reason for launching PARI.
  • 2009
    Age 52
    In 2009 he won the Ramnath Goenka 'Journalist of the Year' award from The Indian Express.
    More Details Hide Details In 1984 he was a Distinguished International Scholar at the University of Western Ontario and in 1988 a visiting lecturer at Moscow University. He was also a Distinguished International Professional at Iowa University (Fall 1998), the first McGill Fellow and lecturer at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut (Spring 2002), and visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley at the Graduate School of Journalism (Fall 2008). He has participated in many international initiatives on communications such as the second and third round table on Global Communications sponsored by the UNESCO (1990 and 1991) and in the UNHCR sponsored World Information Campaign on Human Rights (1991). He was conferred with the prestigious Raja-Lakshmi Award in the year 1993 from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai. He is also the only journalist to have won awards from his newspaper's rivals in the north, south, east and west of the country: from the Indian Express in Delhi, the southern edition of the Indian Express now known as the New Indian Express, the Statesman in Kolkata and the fellowship from the Times of India based in Mumbai.
  • 2007
    Age 50
    But he has received close to 40 other national and international journalism awards and fellowships in 30 years as a journalist, including the Ramon Magsaysay journalism award in 2007, the European Commission's Natali Prize in 1994 and the Boerma Journalism Prize from the UN FAO in 2001 (along with CNN International's Jim Clancy), the Amnesty International global award for human rights journalism in 2000,the PUCL Human Rights Journalism Award, and the B.D. Goenka award for excellence in journalism in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2006 Sainath won the Judges' prize (newspaper category) in the 2005 Harry Chapin Media Awards. This is for his series in The Hindu on the ongoing agrarian crisis in Vidharbha and other areas. The Harry Chapin Media Awards honour print and electronic media for work "that focuses on the causes of hunger and poverty," including "work on economic inequality and insecurity, unemployment, homelessness, domestic and international policies and their reform, community empowerment, sustainable development, food production."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2009 Sainath was reported to have declined a state award.
  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 43
    His other awards include: the United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Boerma Prize (the foremost award for development journalism) in 2000; the Harry Chapin Media Award in New York, 2006; and was the first and only print media journalist until now to win the Inspiration Award at the Global Visions Film Festival in Edmonton, Canada in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He was also the first Indian reporter to win the European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Prize for journalism in 1995. Apart from the 40 plus print media awards, two documentary films on his work, ‘Nero’s Guests’ and 'A Tribe of his Own,’ have between them picked up over 20 awards across the globe. The International Monetary Fund-led economic reforms launched in 1991 by Manmohan Singh constituted a watershed in India's economic history and in Sainath's journalistic career. He felt that the media's attention was moving from "news" to "entertainment" and consumerism and lifestyles of the urban elite gained prominence in the newspapers which rarely carried news of the reality of poverty in India. "I felt that if the Indian press was covering the top 5 per cent, I should cover the bottom 5 per cent", says Sainath. In 1993 Sainath applied for a Times of India fellowship. At the interview he spoke of his plans to report from rural India. When an editor asked him, "Suppose I tell you my readers aren't interested in this stuff", Sainath answered, "When did you last meet your readers to make any such claims on their behalf?"
    He was also the first reporter in the world to win Amnesty International’s Global Human Rights Journalism Prize in its inaugural year in 2000.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 23
    Sainath started his career as a journalist at the United News of India in 1980 where he received the news agency's highest individual award.
    More Details Hide Details He then worked for the Blitz, then a major Indian weekly tabloid published from Mumbai with a circulation of 600,000, first as foreign affairs editor and then as deputy editor, which he continued for ten years. Since 1988 Sainath has trained well over 1,000 mediapersons. He was a visiting faculty at Sophia Polytechnic's Social Communications Media course and also at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai where he taught the course, "Covering Deprivation". He was the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University Fall (2012).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Age 0
    Born in 1957.
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