Ekta Rawat and Pournami Unnikrishnan from PRM 38's Terra Firma editorial team met the noted journalist and ex-board member of IRMA, P. Sainath at a Lecture delivered by him in New Delhi. The students presented him with the IRMA Students' annual magazine ‘Terra Firma 2018' as a token of their appreciation and respect for his work.
This year's edition of Terra Firma carries an article written by P. Sainath. He had graciously agreed to pen down his thoughts for the students' magazine. His article in Terra Firma discusses the idea of firm ground conveyed through the magazine's title and much of the world around being built on the doctrine of ‘terra nullius'. Through the details of American history of land occupation by colonizers, the displacement of defenseless people today and much more; his article sheds light on normalization of the struggle of the people of terra nullius, and the significance of this understanding for rural managers.
"Yes, taking managerial skills to rural communities is essential - and I am sure all of you will do that with the greatest enthusiasm. But what you do has to be developed with, built upon their own genius, context and experience. It has to blend in with that," he writes in the magazine.
P. Sainath is former Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu , 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communications Arts as well as Founder Editor of People's Archive of Rural India. Sainath was also the first reporter in the world to win Amnesty International's Global Human Rights Journalism Prize.