Dr. John Dayal
Member, National Integration Council, Government of India
Immediate Past President, All India catholic Union
Secretary General, All India Christian Council
Member, Working group on Minorities, Planning Commission
Member, Working group on communal violence prevention Bill, national Advisory Council, Governmnt of India
Eminent Journalist, Author, occasional documentary filmmaker, Educationist and internationally known Human Rights and Peace activist, John Dayal, is Member of the National Integration Council, chaired by the Prime Minister of India. He is also involved in civil society movements and national organisations, concerning Human rights, specially freedom of faith, right to education and rights of Dalits and indigenous people.
He has worked on issues of displacement of tribals, the Dalit Christian movement, the anti-nuclear weapon network, forced disappearances and fake encounters and impunity, and has been a member of many Civil Society Fact finding committees and Peoples Tribunals.
An Alumni of St Stephen’s College, Delhi University, has headed governing boards of several colleges of Delhi University and has taught as visiting teacher at several universities in north India. John Dayal has been a human rights activist since the early Seventies
His book on the Indian Emergency (1975-77) is a major document of that period when the Constitution was all but suspended. He has also edited the monumental Gujarat 2002 – Untold and Retold Stories, on the anti-Muslim genocide in the state of Gujarat. His latest book, A Matter of Equity – Freedom of Faith in Secular India, his last book, was published in 2007. He is a frequent commentator and analyst in the Print Media and on national TV channels and Radio
During his journalism career as War Correspondent, Foreign Correspondent and Editor, he served in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Europe. Dayal is a former National President of the All India Catholic Union, the country’s main Catholic Laity movement, and Secretary General of the All India Christian Council. Born 2nd October 1948, John Dayal lives in New Delhi with his wife Mercy. He speaks English and several Indian languages.