Praful Bidwai

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Praful Bidwai (2011)

Praful Bidwai (born 1949) is an Indian journalist, political analyst, and activist.

Journalist and columnist[edit]

Praful Bidwai is a leftist political analyst and commentator, a social science researcher, and an activist on issues of peace, global justice, human rights and environmental protection.

Bidwai's journalistic career spans four decades. His first notable work in journalism was as a columnist for the "Economic and Political Weekly", beginning in 1972. He then worked for magazines and newspapers including "Business India", "Financial Express" and "The Times of India" between 1981 and 1993, eventually becoming its senior editor. He was "The Times group's" most published journalist for 20 years, writing analytical and investigative articles on themes including politics and political economy; economic policy and industrialisation strategies; international relations; energy, the environment and sustainable development; religion, ethnicity and politics; social conflict, communalism and nationalism; science and technology; and nuclear weapons disarmament and peace..

Bidwai is currently a columnist whose articles are published regularly in the Hindustan Times, Frontline,, and other outlets. He has also been published in The Guardian (London), The Nation (New York), Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris), and Il Manifesto (Rome).

Peace activism[edit]

Bidwai is also a veteran peace activist with anti-Imperialist moorings. He helped found the Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament (MIND), based in New Delhi, is a member of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists against Proliferation, and is one of the leaders of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, India. Along with Achin Vanaik, Bidwai is the author of New Nukes: India, Pakistan and Global Nuclear Disarmament (Interlink, 1999). 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.[1] Praful Bidwai is a fellow of the Transnational Institute.

Partial bibliography[edit]


  • "An India That Can Say Yes: A Climate-Responsible Development Agenda for Copenhagen and Beyond" (Heinrich Boell Foundation, New Delhi, 2009)
  • South Asia on a Short Fuse. Nuclear Politics and the Future of Global Disarmament, with Achin Vanaik (Oxford UP, 1999), published in the United States as New Nukes. India, Pakistan and Global Nuclear Disarmament (Interlink Publishing: USA, 1999)
  • Testing Times. The Global Stake in a Nuclear Test Ban, with Achin Vanaik (Dag Hammerskjöld Foundation: Uppsala, 1996)
  • Religion, Religiosity and Communalism, with Harbans Mukhia and Achin Vanaik (South Asia Books, 1996)
  • India Under Siege. Challenges Within and Without, with Muchkund Dubey, Anuradha Chenoy and Arun Ghosh (South Asia Books, 1995)

Selected articles[edit]

  • ""Atoms for Peace: A Failed Promise" In: Survey of the Environment '99, The Hindu, 1999
  • "India's Nuclear Daze. The Domestic Politics of Nuclearization" (With Achin Vanaik) In: Testing the Limits, TNI/IPS Amsterdam/Washington, August 1998
  • "Nuclear India: A Short History" In: Out of Nuclear Darkness. The Indian Case for Disarmament, MIND (Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament), New Delhi, 1998
  • "Communalism and the Democratic Process in India" (With Achin Vanaik) In: Jochen Hippler (eds). The Democratisation of Disempowerment TNI/Pluto Press, 1995
  • "India and Pakistan" (With Achin Vanaik) In: Security with Nuclear Weapons New York, Oxford University Press, 1991


  1. ^ IPB press communique

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