Noted journalist, P. Sainath, was selected as one of the 3 recipients of Fukuoka Prize for 2021.
- Palagummi Sainath will receive ‘Grand Prize’ of Fukuoka Prize.
- The Academic Prize will go to Prof. Kishimoto Mio of Japan.
- Prize for Arts & Culture will be given to filmmaker Prabda Yoon of Thailand.
- Secretariat of Fukuoka Prize Committee described P. Sainath as “very deserving recipient of Grand Prize of Fukuoka Prize”.
- Sainath will be awarded for his work of creating a new form of knowledge through his writings & commentaries on rural India and for promoting civil cooperation.
The award established by city of Fukuoka and Fukuoka City International Foundation. It is given to honor work of individuals or organizations in preserving & creating Asian culture. Fukuoka prize has three prize categories- Grand Prize, Academic Prize and Arts & Culture Prize. Fukuoka has organised Asia-Pacific Exposition with the concept of interaction between Asia-Pacific region in the year 1989. This prize was inaugurated in the year 1990 to carry on spirit of Expo. Prizes are given annually to distinguished people for fostering & increasing awareness of Asian cultures.
It has been awarded to Muhammad Yunus from Bangladesh, historian Romila Thapar and sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan. So far, eleven Indians have received Fukuoka Prize. About 115 people from 28 countries and areas have received Prize in past 3 decades.
About Palagummi Sainath
Indian journalist and author of book called “Everybody Loves a Good Drought”. He has been actively campaigning over famer’s issues and backed Samyukta Ekta Morcha that leads farmers’ agitations in India. He was awarded with Ramon Magsaysay Award in the year 2007 because he believes “journalism is for people, not for shareholders”. He founded People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) in the year 2014 which is an online platform focussing on social & economic inequality, poverty, rural affairs, poverty and aftermath of globalization in India.