June 16, 2021
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Praful Bidwai, Noted Journalist and Activist, Dies at 66

In a career spanning four decades, he worked for several magazines and newspapers including Business India and Financial Express.

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Praful Bidwai, Noted Journalist and Activist, Dies at 66
Praful Bidwai, Noted Journalist and Activist, Dies at 66

Veteran journalist, author and anti-nuclear activist Praful Bidwai has died at the age of 64 during a visit to the Netherlands.

Delhi-based Bidwai was attending a conference in Amsterdam yesterday when he choked on his food and died of suspected cardiac arrest, a family friend told The Wire website.

The Indian embassy in the Netherlands said its consular wing was assisting in the case.

Bidwai was a fellow at Transnational Institute at Amsterdam, an organisation of international scholar-activists.

He was a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, besides being a leading anti-nuclear activist.

He also wrote a number of books, including the 1999 New Nukes: India, Pakistan and Global Nuclear Disarmament.

His latest book on the crisis in the Indian Left was due to be released later this year.

After working as a senior editor for the Times of India for a number of years, Bidwai became a freelance commentator, writing for publications in India and abroad.

He was a staunch critic of the Narendra Modi-led ruling NDA government and in an article in UK-based The Guardian earlier this year he wrote that Modi's "grandiose schemes – including large-scale urban sanitation, cleaning up the Ganges, interlinking rivers or creating 'smart cities' – smacks of gimmickry and empty sloganeering".

Bidwai was a regular writer for Outlook. His writings can be found here and on the link given below.

He also wrote a regular column for Frontline and Hindustan Times for several years.

Born in Nagpur, Bidwai 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, the Central Advisory Board on Education, and the National Book Trust.

Colleagues and peers from media and others alike have paid their tributes to him on social media.


Praful Bidwai on Outlook

[With inputs from PTI]

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