Manufacturing Evidence: Journalism in the Age of Social Activism

Ramesh Rao
12 min readJun 9, 2021

On May 24, 2021, Sewa International received an email from Nitish Pahwa, a copy editor at Slate Magazine. He wrote:


I’m Nitish Pahwa, a writer at Slate. I was told to contact this email for the purposes of my inquiry.

I’m working on a piece about fundraisers being held for COVID relief in India, particularly those being held by Sewa International’s U.S. branch. I wished to ask, specifically, to which India-based organizations, institutions, and relief projects…