Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Magsaysay award for P. Sainath

P. Sainath has been awarded the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts.

Invisible India is the elephant in your bedroom, an interview with him on India Together.

A report in The Hindu is here.

The complete list of awardees (from www.rmaf.org.ph):

Mr. Jovito R. Salonga, from the Philippines, for Government Service. He is being recognized for "the exemplary integrity and substance of his long public career in service to democracy and good government in the Philippines."

Rev. Kim Sun-tae, from Korea, for Public Service. He is being honored for "his inspiring ministry of hope and practical assistance to his fellow blind and visually impaired citizens in South Korea. "

Mr. Mahabir Pun, from Nepal, for Community Leadership. He is being recognized for "his innovative application of wireless computer technology in Nepal, bringing progress to remote mountain areas by connecting his village to the global village ."

Mr. Tang Xiyang, from China, for Peace and International Understanding. He is being honored for "his guiding China to meet its mounting environmental crisis by heeding the lessons of its global neighbors and the timeless wisdom of nature itself."

Mr. Palagummi Sainath, from India, for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts. He is being recognized for "his passionate commitment as a journalist to restore the rural poor to India's national consciousness."

Mr. Chen Guangcheng, from China, for Emergent Leadership. He is being honored for "his irrepressible passion for justice in leading ordinary Chinese citizens to assert their legitimate rights under the law."

Mr. Chung To, from China, for Emergent Leadership. He is being recognized for "his proactive and compassionate response to AIDS in China and to the needs of its most vulnerable victims."

3 comments:

steph said...

Did the video of P. Sainath's talk at UMass ever get uploaded? I don't think I ever saw it :-/ I recall there were some technical difficulties; perhaps not resolved?

He is a passionate and articulate speaker; his work needs as much exposure as possible!

Anonymous said...

That's great news!

Although I am slightly skeptical of some of his "leftist" views, there is no doubt in my mind about his sincerity, honesty and his dedication and commitment to highlightling the sufferings of the rural masses that are sadly left behind by India's "progress".

This is a great achievement and he richly deserves the prize. Hope it inspires other journalists to report on hard-realities rather than just spice and gossip.

-Ramesh

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