One of India’s most incisive and committed journalists won himself an important gong recently. P Sainath, editor for rural affairs at The Hindu, has long been writing about the systemic poverty, despair, courage and organising that erupts from India’s land.
In early August, Sainath won the Magsaysay Award. He gave the $60,000 prize money to an association of farmers with whom he has recently been working. He says he’ll make enough to live on through the royalties of his book – Everybody Loves a Good Drought. This is reason enough to buy it, though the book is superlative, and the award citation, here gives the lowdown on the man who is, in my view, the best journalist working anywhere on the planet, bar none.