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 (1949-2015) was a Delhi-based journalist, social science researcher and activist on human rights, the environment, climate change, development, global justice and peace. Bidwai was one of South Asia’s most widely published columnists, and contributed to the Guardian, Le Monde diplomatique and il manifesto. He was a long-standing fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and a former senior editor of The Times of India. Bidwai 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 co-authored and contributed to several books on political economy, sustainable development, science and technology, North-South relations, and security. His last book is 'The politics of climate change and the global crisis' (TNI Books, 2012). Bidwai was 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 was 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.