P Sainath : The Real Picture
Oct 10 2009
ELECTIONS
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All fronts and no backs
Will the Congress-NCP gain from a multiplicity of fronts which could dissipate the anti-Congress vote? Or will the Shiv Sena-BJP benefit from the Third Front's cutting into the Congress-NCP vote?
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Sep 07 2009
ELECTIONS
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Maharashtra polls, Act II Scene I
There are more fronts in the fray across the State this time. And with multi-cornered contests in almost all seats, there could be some major upsets, writes P Sainath.
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Aug 15 2009
OPINION: BUDGETS
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Drought of justice, flood of funds
Ask for expansion of the NREGS, universal access to the PDS, more spending on health and education - and there's no money. But there?s enough to give away to the corporate world in concessions, writes P Sainath.
Aug 15 2009
ORISSA: MIGRANT ECONOMICS
More migrations, new destinations
ORISSA: MIGRANT ECONOMICS : More migrations, new destinations
Ganjam has been a high-migration district from British times. For two decades, the bulk of its labour force has gone to Surat, but that is changing now, writes P Sainath.
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Aug 15 2009
ORISSA: MIGRANT ECONOMICS
Put your money down, boys
ORISSA: MIGRANT ECONOMICS : Put your money down, boys
Ganjam migrants in Surat send home Rs. 400 crore a year, a fourth of that through the unique Tappawala courier system. But global recession has seen remittances take a hit, writes P Sainath.
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Aug 01 2009
ORIYA MIGRANTS
Home, not so sweet home
ORIYA MIGRANTS : Home, not so sweet home
The recession in the West is having a profound impact on the deep rural interior of Orissa. Thousands are returning home, writes P Sainath.
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Aug 01 2009
REFUGEES FROM CIVIL WAR
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Turning Tamil swords into Oriya ploughshares
Once-young fighters from Sri Lanka are now mostly family men entrenched in Malkangiri town. The way the one-time, once-brash warriors have woven themselves into the community is touching, writes P Sainath.
Jun 27 2009
MONEY IN POLITICS
The Age of the aam crorepati
MONEY IN POLITICS : The Age of the aam crorepati
If you are worth Rs.50 million or more, you are 75 times more likely to win an election to the Lok Sabha than if you are worth under Rs.1 million. P Sainath does a different kind of electoral math.
Jun 14 2009
OPINION: ELECTION RESULTS
Price of rice, price of power
OPINION: ELECTION RESULTS : Price of rice, price of power
Most governments that stressed welfarist measures gained in last month's elections. Food prices and cheap rice are crucial, though not the sole issues, notes P Sainath.
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Apr 08 2009
OPINION
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The dull days of White Gold

Across India, cotton growers make up the largest group of the over 180,000 farmers who committed suicide between 1997 and 2007. There's nothing like an election to spur policy change, though, notes P Sainath.

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Palagummi Sainath is the winner of the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts. (click to read India Together's interview with P Sainath)

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Over decades of reporting, he has established himself as among the pre-eminent chroniclers of rural life in our times. His stories, photo-essays, and other work record an India seldom visible to many of us. Sainath received the A.H. Boerma Award in 2001 for his contributions. In July 2004, he was awarded the Prem Bhatia Award for excellence in political reporting and analysis for 2003-04 in recognition of his 'outstanding, indeed exceptional, work on the problems of the poorest of the poor, especially in Andhra Pradesh.' He is the Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu.