Praful Bidwai examines articles and blog posts by The Broker to discuss the disconnect between gross domestic product and social progress. He concludes that a radically new economics must be developed from the bottom up.▶
Praful Bidwai, a Delhi-based journalist, social science researcher and activist on human rights, the environment, climate change, development, global justice and peace. Bidwai is one of South Asia’s most widely published columnists, and occasionally contributes to the Guardian, Le Monde diplomatique and il manifesto. He is a long-standing fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and a former senior editor of The Times of India. Bidwai has held academic positions at home and abroad, including membership of the Indian Council for Social Science Research, the Indian Central Advisory Board on Education, and the National Book Trust, India. He has co-authored or contributed to several books on political economy, sustainable development, science and technology, North-South relations, and security. His latest book is An India That Can Say Yes: A Climate-Responsible Development Agenda for Copenhagen and Beyond (Heinrich Böll Stiftung India, 2009). Bidwai is a founder-member of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, India. He received the Sean MacBride International Peace Prize from the International Peace Bureau. Bidwai read science and technology, philosophy and economics at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and later pursued development studies. Bidwai is on the Board of Trustees of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala, Sweden, and the ETC Group in Ottawa, Canada. His articles can be read at www.tni.org and www.prafulbidwai.org.