In memory of the veteran and visionary journalist – Dr Govind Narain Srivastava
Born in UP on July 5, 1950, Dr Govind Narain Srivastava is remembered for his hereditary work in all industries. Not only was he a seasoned journalist, but also a relentless entrepreneur, scholar and philanthropist. From his school years, he displayed organizational characteristics and a deep love for writing.
Young Govind received his PhD in Hindi and Political Science from Lucknow University. From the same university he also obtained his law degree. He found himself aligned with journalism and politics from his college days and started representing India in various international conferences and youth festivals held in India and abroad.
After Dr Srivastava finished his studies, he started working as a journalist and quickly established himself. He kept his journalism alive until his last breath. As founding editor of ‘News from the Unaligned World”, His contributions have been presented in English and Hindi. In 1990, he founded “New Delhi Times” and “Nai Dilli Times” and was editor-in-chief.
In addition to being an accredited parliamentary correspondent, he was an academic and writer who wrote and edited various books, including books on international affairs and the non-aligned movement. His knowledge of subjects related to international politics, NAM and political affairs has always earned him the respect of his peers and society.
For Dr Govind Narain Srivastava, the Non-Aligned Movement was a mission. Along with other researchers, he founded the International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies in 1980 and served as its Director General until his death in 1999. Through his leadership, the IINS has proven its worth in just a few years after its creation in the field of data dissemination and research. The IINS has also obtained United Nations consultative status with ECOSOC (category I) to recognize all the institute’s contributions in various fields.
Dr GN Srivastava and his colleagues attended sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. He has contributed to the discussions of the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Sub-Commission and other United Nations bodies. In view of his field work, Dr Srivastava has been given the post of Secretary General of NAM’s NGO Forum – a center for NGOs from NAM countries.
The sudden death of Dr Srivastava has undoubtedly created a void that is almost impossible to fill. He is remembered with his famous quote – “We will all die, the world will continue to live.”