How to Pay Attention to the Countryside in the Digital Age

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Sainath, Palagummi
P. Sainath, the former Rural Affairs Editor at The Hindu, where he forced public attention to India’s epidemic of farmer suicides, will discusses relationship between journalism, cultural documentation, and social justice. His current project, the People’s Archive of Rural India ( is a volunteer-sustained multimedia website documenting everyday life, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic and environmental challenges across India, with special attention to women’s labor. Among his many career awards are the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award (the “Asian Nobel”) and the first Amnesty International’s Global Human Rights Journalism Prize in 2000. His 1996 book, Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from India’s Poorest Districts, was reissued as a Penguin Classic in 2012.
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