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Everybody Loves a Good Drought

Everybody Loves a Good Drought

Stories from India’s Poorest Districts (20th Anniversary Edition)

P. Sainath
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P Sainath
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Acclaimed across the world, prescribed in over 100 universities and colleges, and included in part in The Century’s Greatest Reportage (Ordfront, 2000), alongside the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Studs Terkel and John Reed, Everybody Loves a Good Drought is the established classic on rural poverty in India. Twenty years after publication, it remains unsurpassed in the scope and depth of reportage, providing an intimate view of the daily struggles of the poor and the efforts, often ludicrous, made to uplift them.

An illuminating introduction accompanying this twentieth-anniversary edition reveals, alarmingly, how a large section of India continues to suffer in the name of development so that a small percentage may prosper. Besides exposing chronic misgovernance, it is also a devastating comment on the media’s failure to speak for the voiceless.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Nov/2017

ISBN: 9780140259841

Length : 512 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

Everybody Loves a Good Drought

Stories from India’s Poorest Districts (20th Anniversary Edition)

P. Sainath
,
P Sainath

Acclaimed across the world, prescribed in over 100 universities and colleges, and included in part in The Century’s Greatest Reportage (Ordfront, 2000), alongside the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Studs Terkel and John Reed, Everybody Loves a Good Drought is the established classic on rural poverty in India. Twenty years after publication, it remains unsurpassed in the scope and depth of reportage, providing an intimate view of the daily struggles of the poor and the efforts, often ludicrous, made to uplift them.

An illuminating introduction accompanying this twentieth-anniversary edition reveals, alarmingly, how a large section of India continues to suffer in the name of development so that a small percentage may prosper. Besides exposing chronic misgovernance, it is also a devastating comment on the media’s failure to speak for the voiceless.

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P. Sainath

Palagummi Sainath is a Mumbai-based freelance journalist. He took an M.A. in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and joined the United News of India in 1980. Later he became foreign editor of The Daily and deputy chief editor of the weekly Blitz in Mumbai. In early 1993 he left Blitz to work full-time on rural poverty, after winning a Times of India fellowship that enabled him to pursue the subject. His work in that area won him a further twelve awards and fellowships over the next two years, including the prestigious European Commission’s journalism award, the Lorenzo Natali Prize. Sainath has been a visiting lecturer in journalism, development and politics at universities in India, Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. He has been directly involved in training journalists and has also been on the faculty of the Social Communications Media department of the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, for the past ten years. A regular contributor to The Telegraph in Calcutta, he also writes for the fortnightly Frontline and the daily Business Line in Madras.

P Sainath

Palagummi Sainath is a Mumbai-based freelance journalist. He took an MA in history from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and joined the United News of India in 1980. Later he became foreign editor of The Daily and deputy chief editor ofthe weekly Blitz in Mumbai. In early 1993 he left Blitz to work full-time on rural poverty, after winning a Times of India fellowship that enabled him to pursue the subject. His workin that area won him a further twelve awards and fellowships over the next two years, including the prestigious European Commission's journalism award, the Lorenzo Natali Prize. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2007. He lives in Mumbai.

Everybody Loves a Good Drought (20th anniversary edition), An Excerpt

Palagummi Sainath has been a journalist and reporter for thirty-seven years and has covered rural India full time for twenty-five of those. His book, Everybody Loves a Good Drought, is the established classic on rural poverty in India. Twenty years after publication, it remains unsurpassed in the scope and depth of reportage, providing an intimate […] Read More