Palagummi Sainath Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 06 Jun, 2017
Facts of Palagummi Sainath
Date of Birth: 1957
Birth Nation: India
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
Name Palagummi Sainath
Father Varahagiri Venkata Giri(grandfather)
Nationality Indian
Birth Place/City Chennai, India
Ethnicity Asian
Profession Journalist ,Author ,Teacher ,Rural Reporter
Net Worth N/A
Married N/A
Married to N/A
Education Jawaharlal Nehru University
Awards Ramon Magsaysay Award
Books Everybody Loves a Good Drought
View more / View Less Facts of Palagummi Sainath


Palagummi Sainath is the grandson of V.V Giri (former President of India). He is a journalist and photojournalist who focuses on social & economic inequality, rural affairs, poverty and aftermath of globalization in India. He has won more than 40 global and national awards (including Padma Bhushan).


Palagummi Sainath was born in 1957. in Chennai into a Telugu speaking family; He is Madrasi as ethnicity. He is Indian for nationality.  Sainath went to Loyola College. He received a degree in history from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. The University of Alberta awarded him a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) honor.


Sainath started his journalist career at the United News of India in 1980. Later on,  he worked for the Blitz then a major Indian weekly tabloid published from Mumbai, first as foreign affairs editor and then as deputy editor.

Since 1988, Sainath has trained well over 1,000 media persons. He served as the Rural Affairs Editor at The Hindu. He resigned in 2014. Moreover, he is the founding editor of People’s Archive of Rural India.

Sainath is the most influential voice among the public. As a development journalist; his significant work from past decade focuses on agriculture, in particular with his ground-breaking work on farmer suicides. That is the largest wave of suicides recorded in the history of India.

He was the first reporter in the world who won Amnesty International’s Global Human Rights Journalism in its inaugural year in 2000. Sainath is the winner of Ramon Magsaysay Awards in 2007, for Journalism Literature and Creative Communications Arts.  In 2014, World Media Summit Global Award honored him.  He has got more than 40 print media awards and picked up over 20 awards across the global.

Currently, Sainath is focused on his latest project, the People’s Archive of Rural India launched on Dec 20, 2014.


Some celebs never mention about their private life. Among them, he also falls in the list. Sainath has not mentioned about his private life. There is no any info available about his affair, wife, & married. It seems he is not married and does not have a wife.

Sainath has dedicated his entire career to the journalism world. Most notably, he has worked for the sake of people mostly farmers in the rural who commit suicide due to indebtedness.  

P. Sainath also holds the position of Coady Chair in Social Justice at the University of St. Francis Xavier, Nova Scotia, and Canada.

Sainath also published a book named ‘Everybody Loves a Good Drought’

Sainath has reached the age of 60 now. He has an average height of 5’8”, which is around 1.73m.


P. Sainath has the fortune of followers on Twitter. His fans are largely growing on Facebook. His net worth is unavailable. 


Natalia Tellez

Natalia Tellez 1985 -

24 Jun, 2021 Biography by Mikshya
Kit Connor

Kit Connor 2004 -

24 Jun, 2021 Biography by Mikshya
Tate McRae

Tate McRae 2003 -

24 Jun, 2021 Biography by Sakar
Bella Thornton

Bella Thornton 2004 -

23 Jun, 2021 Biography by Dabria
Billy Howle

Billy Howle 1989 -

23 Jun, 2021 Biography by Dabria