Veteran journalist, columnist and peace activist Praful Bidwai was on 23 June 2015 passed away in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was 65.
Born in Nagpur, he worked in the Times of India for many years as a Senior Assistant Editor before embarking on a freelance career that made his byline a household name across India.
He wrote a regular column for Frontline and Hindustan Times for several years besides other magazines and newspapers published across India and the World.
He was also an anti-nuclear activist and a founding member of Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace that was set up after the 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests.
He authored several books, including South Asia on a Short Fuse: Nuclear Politics and the Future of Global Disarmament (1999), New Nukes: India, Pakistan and Global Nuclear Disarmament (co-authored with Achin Vanaik in 2002) and the Politics of Climate Change and Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future (2012).
He had been a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Social Development, New Delhi and also a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
He had also served as a member of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), the Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE) and the National Book Trust (NBT).
He was a long-time Fellow of the Transnational Institute, the Amsterdam-based organisation of international scholar-activists including Susan George and Walden Bello.
In 2000, Bidwai and Vanaik were awarded the Sean McBride International Peace Prize by the International Peace Bureau in recognition of their work opposing nuclear weapons development in South Asia.
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What: Passed away
When: 23 June 2015