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Noted left leaning journalist and activist Praful Bidwai is no more

MUMBAI: Praful Bidwai, a noted left leaning journalist, social science researcher and activist on issues of human rights, environment, global justice and peace, passed away at the age of 66.


Praful Bidwai

Bidwai, who was in Amsterdam for a conference, died after choking on his food.

He was one of South Asia’s most widely published columnists whose articles appear regularly in publications such as The Times of India, Frontline,, The Kashmir Times, The Assam Tribune, Tehelka, Lokmat, Times in India, The News International in Pakistan, and The Daily Star in Bangladesh.

A former Senior Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Bidwai had held academic positions at home and abroad, and had been a member of the Indian Council for Social Science Research, the Central Advisory Board on Education, and the National Book Trust.

He had co-authored or contributed to several books on political economy, the environment, sustainable development, science and technology, ethnicity and politics, North-South relations, and security and nuclear issues.

He was a founder-member of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, an umbrella organisation of Indian peace groups founded in 2000. He received the Sean MacBride International Peace Prize, 2000 of International Peace Bureau, Geneva and London, one of the world’s oldest peace organisations.

Bidwai read science and technology, philosophy and economics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He then pursued development studies, political science and research in the labour movement and environmental issues.

He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Uppsala, and the ETC Group, Ottawa.