Praful Bidwai Is No More
Praful Bidwai, an erudite
and acclaimed Indian journalist and commentator, died unexpectedly in Amsterdam on June 23rd at the age of 66. He was there for the annual Fellows' Meeting of the Transnational Institute (TNI), with which he has been associated since 1988.
Praful was a passionate, insightful and prolific writer. He worked at the Times of India for many years as its most cited journalist before embarking on a freelance career that made his by-line a household name across the sub-continent. His syndicated columns covered a wide range of issues from domestic to foreign policy, from the impacts of climate change to the geopolitics of war.
Praful was never afraid to challenge power or to tackle thorny issues. Among his most recent writings were condemnations of rising nequality in India, and a damning assessment of the communal politics and authoritarian tendencies exhibited by the Modi regime in its first year of Government. His latest book is due out in October with Harper Collins India. It deals with the challenges facing the Indian Left.
Vol. 48, No. 1, July 12 - 18, 2015