Palagummi Sainath (Journalist) Age, Wife, Family, Children, Biography, Facts & More
Bio Real NamePalagummi Sainath ProfessionJournalist, Author, Teacher, Rural Reporter Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 172 cm in meters- 1.72 m in feet inches- 5’ 6” Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourGrey Personal Life Birth Year1957 Age (as in 2017)60 Years Birth PlaceMadras, Tamil Nadu, India NationalityIndia HometownMumbai, India SchoolNot Known CollegeLoyola College, Chennai Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Educational QualificationGraduate in History FamilyFather- Name Not Known Mother- Name Not Known Brother- Not Known Sister- Not Known Grandfather- V.V. Giri (Former President of India)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Palagummi Sainath
Does Palagummi Sainath smoke?: No
Does Palagummi Sainath drink alcohol?: Yes
P. Sainath was born into a Telugu family in Chennai, India.
He is the grandson of the famous freedom fighter, politician and the fourth President of India, Varahagiri Venkata Giri.
Since childhood, he was interested in world history and economics and is a history graduate of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
He received University of Alberta’s highest honour, Doctor of Letters degree (DLitt) in 2011.
In 1980, he started his career at the United News of India as a journalist.
In the initial years of his career, he got the News Agency’s Highest Individual Award.
With his excellent verbal skills, he worked as a foreign affairs editor and then deputy editor for ten years for then a popular investigative weekly tabloid newspaper, Blitz.
He’s not just an incredible editor but a fantastic teacher too and has trained approximately 1000 media persons.
He has taught the course “Covering Deprivation” at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai and Social Communications Media course at Sophia-Shree B.K.Somani Polytechnic.
P. Sainath wrote a book entitled “Everybody Loves a Good Drought” based on his research in rural districts of India regarding poverty which was published in 1996.
Not only in India but he is also famous worldwide and is Coady Chairholder in Social Justice at St. Francis Xavier University.
In 2000, he won Amnesty International’s Global Human Rights Journalism Prize and became the first reporter in the world to achieve it.
P. Sainath’s personal life is a mystery for everyone, but according to some online sources, he is not married.
In 2007, he was amongst one of the few Indians to get the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s most prestigious award in the category of Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts for his book.
In 2009, he won the Ramnath Goenka “Journalist of the Year” from the Indian Express, an English-language Indian daily newspaper.
Being a development journalist, his work notably focuses on rural people especially farmers who commit suicide due to indebtedness.
In 2012, he joined Princeton University as the McGraw Professor of writing.
He has made two documentaries named “Nero’s Guests” and “A Tribe of His Own” which owned him around 20 globe awards.
P. Sainath is thinking to publish a book on his work done in The Hindu on Dalits. For this project, Sainath has covered a massive area of 150,000 km that is 10 states and his target is just 5 states farther. Moreover, when newspapers denied to provide him financial help, he funded himself from his savings, his provident fund, his gratuity for this project.
He is the founding editor of PARI- People’s Archive Of Rural India, a digital journalism platform in India.
Here’s a video where Sainath himself explains what exactly journalism is:
He is famous worldwide for his remarkable work as a journalist as well as photojournalist whose vision is on rural affairs, social and economic inequality, poverty and globalisation.
In an interview, Sainath talked about his childhood, university years, journalism journey and many other facts of his life: