Devi Prasad Papers
Total size 2.75 m.
Consultation Not restricted
Born in Dehra Dun, India 1921, died in Delhi, India 2011; studied at Rabindranath Tagore’s university at Shantiniketan; worked with Mahatma Gandhi from 1944 to 1947; worked for Nayee Talim (Gandhi’s radical education programme) as a teacher and artist in Sevagram Ashram, established by Gandhi, until 1962; participated in the non-violence social reform movements in India from Independence onwards; General Secretary of the War Resisters’ International 1962-1972 and its President 1973-1975; during his time at the WRI significant changes took place: while still concentrating on the work for conscientious objection it widened its scope of work to nonviolence training and nonviolent action against armaments and war; lives in Delhi since 1983, teaching, making pottery and writing; author of War is a crime against humanity. The Story of War Resisters’ International (2005); see also the obituaries of Prasad on the WRI-Website, and in The Guardian .
Correspondence and documents concerning his activities in various peace organizations including the War Resisters’ International (WRI) 1961-1996, the War Resisters’ International India 1985-1990, the World Peace Brigade for Non-Violent Action 1961-1964, the Committee for International Nonviolence 1973-1980 and the Peace Brigades International 1982-1993, and in peace campaigns including the Everyman III project 1962, Delphi-Peking Friendship March 1963, Operation Omega 1971-1973; typescripts and copies of articles on peace education, conscientious objection and non-violence 1954-1996; minutes of, reports and other documents concerning the meetings of the General Council, Executive Committee and Triennial conferences of the WRI, especially the 18th Triennial conference in 1986 in Vedchhi, India 1971-1997.
Inventory made by Erhan Tuskan in 2008, accrual 2011 by Bouwe Hijma