i181 Technology and Poverty

Spring 2011


Talk on Berkeley campus by journalist P.Sainath

The Inaugural Maharaj Kaul Memorial Lecture: “Pay-to-print”: How Media Corruption Undermines Indian Democracy

Lecture | April 11 | 5-7 p.m. | Blum Hall, B100 (conference room on the Plaza Level)

P. Sainath, Journalist

South Asia Studies, Center for, English, Department of, Journalism, Graduate School of, Blum Center for Developing Economies
CSAS is proud to announce the launch of the “Maharaj Kaul Memorial Lecture,” a lecture series on the theme of social justice. This lecture series has been established in memory of Maharaj Kaul (1940 – 2009), a UC Berkeley alum, tireless campaigner against injustice and for peace, founder of groups such as India Relief and Education Fund, and Coalition Against Coalition, and long-time supporter of CSAS’s mission and activities.

Our inaugural lecture will be delivered by Palagummi Sainath.

Palagummi Sainath, the 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay award for journalism, literature, and creative communication arts, is an award winning Indian development journalist – a term he himself avoids, instead preferring to call himself a ‘rural reporter’, or simply a ‘reporter’ – and photojournalist focusing on social problems, rural affairs, poverty and the aftermaths of globalization in India. He spends between 270 and 300 days a year in the rural interior (in 2006, over 300 days) and has done so for the past 18 years. He is the Rural Affairs Editor for The Hindu, and the website India Together has been archiving some of his work in The Hindu daily for the past six years. His work has won praise from the likes of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen who referred him as “one of the world’s great experts on famine and hunger.” He is the author of Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from India’s Poorest Districts.

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