P Sainath - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Day 1
6:00 pm

The Last Heroes: Foot Soldiers of Indian Freedom

P Sainath with Indu Prasad

Day 1
7:45 pm
Gandhada Gudi

Holding a Mirror to Society

Barkha Dutt, P Sainath, Sashi Kumar with Bachi Karkaria


P. Sainath is the Founder Editor of the People’s Archive of Rural India. The archive is an outcome of his three decades-plus in journalism – including a quarter century of reporting from rural India. PARI aims to address the complete failure of the corporate media to cover two-thirds of the country’s population. Our aim is to report and record what is easily the most complex part of the planet.

Sainath, former Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu, writer and journalism teacher, is the 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s most prestigious prize. He has also won the World Media Summit Global Award for Excellence 2014, in Public Welfare reporting. He was the first reporter in the world to win Amnesty International’s Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in its inaugural year in 2000. Sainath has taught at journalism schools in India and abroad, mentoring students as well as training media professionals.

His book Everybody Loves a Good Drought (Penguin India, 1996), now in its 43rd print, was declared a Penguin Classic in January 2013. The book is being used in over a hundred universities in India and abroad. His photo archive of black and white images from rural India is being digitised. One part of that titled ‘Visible Work, Invisible Women’ is now on PARI as a fully curated online exhibition. For more on Sainath see www.psainath.org.