He took part in the struggle for national independence of India and
spent his share of years in British prisons.
He was the founder of the All India Peace Council and its General
Secretary for many years.
He was Secretary-General of the World Peace Council from 1966 to
1977 and President of the Council from 1977 to 1990, since then he has
been its President of Honour.
He has been associated with the United Nations, as Representative
of the World Peace Council, for over 25 years.
Additional NGO positions held: Vice-President
of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative status with the United Nations; Vice-President of the NGO Special Committee for Disarmament
and Chairperson of the NGO Sub-Committee against Racism, Racial Discrimination
and Apartheid; member of the Bureaus (Boards) of the NGO Special
Committees on Development and Human Rights; convenor of the NGO Special
Sub-Committee on the South Commission; Chairperson of the
NGO Committee on Development (United Nations, Vienna).