Guwahati: Senior journalist and writer Bidhayak Das has been appointed as the 1st International Democratic Goodwill Ambassador by the Korean Development Foundation (KDF), for contributing to the development of democracy and honouring the spirit of those who have committed themselves to the democratisation processes in the country.
Set up on November 12, 2001 (in accordance with the Korean Democracy Foundation Act, 2001), KDF is a nonprofit organisation affiliated with the Government of Korea.
Bidhayak Das, who is originally from Shillong is part of the newly launched program spread across countries. He is the 1st of the 16 Goodwill ambassadors and the achievement comes to him for his tireless work for the 30 years in over 40 countries in different capacities as a journalist, researcher, and a clean election and democracy activist primarily in South and South-East Asian countries.
The honorary position will be commissioned for two years from May 1, 2021, to April 30, 2023. The 16 Ambassadors will participate in various democracy-related international events and meetings held in various regions.
He has spent considerable time working for international NGOs and media groups in Myanmar from 2008 to 2018 and during this period also worked in almost all south-east Asian countries. Das has also spent considerable time working in Afghanistan and Nepal.
An award-winning journalist, Das has also been associated with EastMojo as a columnist besides having worked for several local, regional national English dailies including The Telegraph until 2007. His forays outside the country began as an international observer for the provincial elections in Aceh (Indonesia) in 2006 post the Tsunami and the end of the protracted Free Aceh conflict.