Hemachandra Basappa


After my graduation, in the 1970s, I worked in the family’s construction business for some years. In the late ’70s, with support from the family, I involved myself full time in issues of Development and Human Rights. In the ’80s these areas widened to include Disarmament and Nuclear weapons and energy issues. As an activist and coordinator, was involved in several campaigns and initiatives.  In 1982, was an active member of the Ad Hoc NGO Committee at the UN II Special Session on Disarmament. Took part in the Swedish Peace Initiative The Great Peace Journey, during 1985-86, as delegate in South Asia and the Asian delegate for their meeting in the USSR.  An NGO speaker before the UN III Special Session on Disarmament. As a member of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, was secretary of the Bangalore Chapter for a period. Have been a speaker at several forums and meetings and conferences.

Have worked with NGOs relating to Child Rights. On Technology Development – focusing on reducing HIV on the highways. In the early part of this century, was part of the Asian group on Small Arms and an Asian NGO representative at the UN Special Session on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Have worked and promoted the issues of South Asian NGO networking and reducing tensions in South Asia towards resolving several unresolved issues.

Presently, support small initiatives and mentor individuals and groups on issues of Peace, Human Rights, Environment and Development.