From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Fukuoka Prize
Mains level : Not Much
Noted journalist P. Sainath has been selected as one of the three recipients of the Fukuoka Prize for 2021.
- The Fukuoka Prize is given annually to distinguished people to foster and increase awareness of Asian cultures, and to create a broad framework of exchange and mutual learning among the Asian people.
- The Prize was established in 1990 by the city of Fukuoka in Japan and the Fukuoka City International Foundation.
- The Grand Prize has earlier been awarded to Muhammad Yunus from Bangladesh, historian Romila Thapar, and sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan. Eleven Indians have received the Fukuoka Prize so far.
- 115 people from 28 countries and areas have received the Prize in the past 30 years.
Citation for the award
- In a statement issued Mr. Sainath was described as a “very deserving recipient of the Grand Prize of Fukuoka Prize”.
- The Secretariat noted his work for creating a new form of knowledge through his writings and commentaries on rural India and for “promoting civil cooperation”.