Praful Bidwai

Praful Bidwai

Independent Journalist

Praful Bidwai is a political columnist, social science researcher, and activist on issues of human rights, the environment, global justice and peace. He currently holds the Durgabai Deshmukh Chair in Social Development, Equity and Human Security at the Council for Social Development, Delhi, affiliated to the Indian Council for Social Science Research. 

A former Senior Editor of The Times of India, Bidwai is one of South Asia’s most widely published columnists, whose articles appear in more than 25 newspapers and magazines. He is also frequently published by The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique and Il Manifesto.

Bidwai is a founder-member of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (India). He received the Sean MacBride International Peace Prize, 2000 of the International Peace Bureau, Geneva & London. 

He was a Senior Fellow, Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. Bidwai is the co-author, with Achin Vanaik, of South Asia on a Short Fuse: Nuclear Politics and the Future of Global Disarmament, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1999, a radical critique of the nuclearisation of India and Pakistan and of reliance on nuclear weapons for security.  

Work area:

Areas of expertise:

Nuclear Disarmament in South Asia; Nuclear Weapon Free Zones; Alternative Security; Communalism in India; India; Pakistan; Indian electoral politics

Honours/Awards:

Praful Bidwai is a co-recipient, with Achin Vanaik, of the International Peace Bureau's Sean McBride International Peace Prize for 2000.

Media experience:

Praful Bidwai regularly publishes in Khaleej Times, The New Internationalist, Rediff.com, Navhid Times, The Times of India, Frontline, The Hindu, Inter Press Service and Tehelka.com

Contact

Contact details:

Email: bidwai AT bol.net.in


 

Languages spoken:

English


New Delhi, India

Recent content by Praful Bidwai

The Emerging Economies and Climate Change

September 2014
The BASIC bloc of countries in UN negotiations have too often ended up collaborating and colluding with the inaction of industrialised countries, undermining the future of the poor in their own countries and throughout the South.

How the government is smothering dissident NGOs

June 2014
Muzzling NGOs is unbecoming of a democracy. Self-confident democracies encourage, indeed applaud, the involvement of citizens’ associations, including NGOs, in social and political decision-making and development planning. Instead, our paranoid government bullies and terrorises them

Capitalism = Rising Inequalities

May 2014
It’s a sign of the pathology of much of India’s mainstream media that it displays the rise of the speculative-trader-industrialist Hinduja brothers to the top of Britain’s (not India’s) billionaire list on the front page, as many papers did on May 12, while blacking out the shamefully persistent phenomena of grinding poverty and rapidly growing income inequalities in this country.

Fusing Hindu nationalism with corporate power

May 2014
TNI fellow Praful Bidwai warns that a BJP-led regime in India is likely to fuel communalism, discontinue  pro-poor social programmes, and follow a brazenly pro-corporate policy which further widens social, economic and regional inequalities.

How rising inequality threatens our democracy

February 2014
India is becoming an increasingly inequitable, “rich-take-all”, pathological, society marked by exclusion and immobility, where an individual’s circumstances of birth, and class and caste privileges, matter more than his/her effort.

BRICS: Little sense of purpose

April 2013
Is BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa), comprising some of the world’s biggest, fastest-growing economies, about to rewrite the rules of global political and economic governance?

Tax the Rich

March 2013
The Human Development Report 2013 highlights the rise of the Global South as the main drivers of the world economy, but rapid economic growth does not always equate to improvements in human development as India's experience shows.

Towards A ‘21st Century Socialism’

March 2013
He was called a "socialist showman" and "elected autocrat", derided as a blind hater of the United States, and ridiculed as a demagogue who splurged his country's great oil wealth on ill-conceived populist schemes, distributed largesse to undeserving regimes in the neighbourhood, ran the nation's economy into the ground, and sharply polarised its society.

India’s fading regional influence: Falling between two stools

March 2013
India’s neighbourhood is in great turmoil, but New Delhi seems unable to fashion a coherent, balanced, mature and self-confident response to it. In particular, India has dealt with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar and Nepal in confused and indecisive, if not wholly inept, ways. 

‘Respect Gandhi If You Will, Don’t Sentimentalise Him’

December 2012
The Indian Ideology, is a scathing critique of the dominant celebratory discourse of the Idea of India, or the lionising of the democratic stability, multi-cultural unity and impartial secularity of the Indian state as a miracle. In an e-mail interview with columnist and writer Praful Bidwai, Anderson discusses his book at length.