Praful Bidwai


Our dear friend Praful died unexpectedly in Amsterdam, 23 June 2015.

Tributes are collected here.


Praful Bidwai was a political columnist, social science researcher, and activist on issues of human rights, the environment, global justice and peace. A new book by him, on the crisis of the Indian Left parties, is due out soon. 

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 20 newspapers and magazines. He was also frequently published by The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique and Il Manifesto.

Bidwai was a founder-member of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (India). His last book, The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future, was co-published by TNI in 2012.

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.