Senior journalist Praful Bidwai passes away at 66

New Delhi: Senior journalist and well-known columnist Praful Bidwai has died, a family friend said on Wednesday. He was 65.

Bidwai died in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening while eating at a cafe there, family friend Pamela Philipose told IANS. Earlier reports said he suffered cardiac arrest. Bidwai was single and is survived by his two sisters.

 Senior journalist Praful Bidwai passes away at 66

Senior journalist Praful Bidwai. IBNLive

"He was sitting at a cafe there when he choked on his food and died," she said.

Reminiscencing, Philipose said Bidwai was "a concerned human being...concerned journalist who worked for voiceless in the country" and had a "great mind".

"He understood politics of the world very well, and was a realistic journalist. His work with various media organisations speaks for itself," she said, adding that Bidwai also had a solid academic background which worked in his favour as a journalist.

Bidwai was a social science researcher and an activist on issues of human rights, environment, global justice and peace.

One of South Asia's most widely published columnists, his articles appeared regularly in prominent publications such as The Times of India, Frontline,, The Kashmir Times, The Assam Tribune and the Lokmat Times in India, The News International in Pakistan, and The Daily Star in Bangladesh. He also contributed to The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique and Il Manifesto.

A former senior fellow of the Centre for Contemporary Studies, the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Bidwai was also a member of the Indian Council for Social Science Research, the Central Advisory Board on Education, and the National Book Trust.

He had co-authored or contributed to several books on political economy, the environment, sustainable development, science and technology, ethnicity and politics, North-South relations, and security and nuclear issues. His last book, The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future came out in 2012.

Bidwai was also a founder-member of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, an umbrella organisation of Indian peace groups founded in 2000.

He received the Sean MacBride International Peace Prize, 2000, of International Peace Bureau, Geneva and London, one of the world's oldest peace organisations.

Twitter paid its tribute to the senior journalist on Wednesday:

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Jun 24, 2015 19:55:07 IST