Thursday, September 01, 2011

Is Team Anna's Movement a 'Project' for the Ford Foundation?

Is Team Anna being guided by forces that seek to destabilise India? It is now clear that Kabir, the NGO led by Team Anna's Manish Sisodia and Arvind Kejriwal, has been awarded grants worth $569000 (Rs. 2.73 crores) between 2005 and 2011 by Ford Foundation of the US for projects on legal rights/awareness, Democratic and Accountable Government and Promoting Transparent and Effective Government.[1-6] The goals of Team Anna's movement appear very close to these.
[The link #1 no longer exists. Below is the screen shot from the new info at Ford Foundation Website here]


Further, the Magsaysay award is funded by the Rockfeller Foundation of the US and its Youth Award which Kejriwal won, is funded by the Ford Foundation.

Is this 'Anna Movement' then a part of this 'project' funded by the Ford Foundation? Has it been orchestrated to convince the donor that the project is feasible? Incidentally, Ford Foundation enlists Promoting Electoral Reform and Democratic Participation as one of its projects [3] and Team Anna has already announced that to be the next project on their agenda. Are they eying more grants?

Read Kejriwal's rejoinders about the non-declaration of these grants on their web site and you will find him clearly evasive.[2,6] So much for a movement that is 'fighting' against corruption, for RTI and for transparency! But it is a catch 22 for the Govt. of India now: any action on Kabir and Kejriwal/Sisodia will be branded as vindictiveness.

And the methodology and claims of Team Anna remind us of the Sangh Parivar's. Any criticism is unwelcome. Author Arundhati Roy's observations that Ford Foundation and World Bank funded the NGOs of Sisodia/Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, and that the Jan Lokpal Bill is regressive [7-11] were vehemently denied. Prashanth Bhashan shot them down as manifestations of jealousy! And he went on to say that mass support is proof enough for the strength of Team Anna's arguments.[12] Ditto Sangh Parivar - no courts, no law, only emotions, beliefs and 'mass support'! Do what we say, or else!!

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ravi said...

It may be noted that Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Left Democratic Front has been alleging that Manmohan Govt's economic policies and military policies are formulated to help American Imperialism. They even withdrew the support to UPA Govt. on the subject of nueclear power agreement saying that central govt was helping USA to implement imperialist policies in India. There are a lot of other examples where Manmohan is kneeling before American imperialism. Under the circumstances what is the need of Obama administration to use Anna Hazare team as their tool for colonial exploitation or toppling the present cetnral govt?

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Rajan Alexander said...

The Appalling Financial Transparency Standards of Anna affiliated NGOs

Now that NGOs have attempted to engineer a revolution in this country for better transparency and accountability in the system, let’s have an insight to what actual standards they follow themselves. All the main characters in the Anna Hazare manage multiple NGOs. We review the financial standards of NGOs run by Anna Hazare; Arvind Kejriwal & Manish Sisodia and Abhinandan Sekhri; Kiran Bedi and the father-son duo, Shanti & Prashant Bhushans.

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Dr. Srinivas Kakkilaya Bevinje said...

That Kabir has received grants from Ford Foundation and that Team Anna's projects closely match objectives of such grants is fairly clear. And Kejriwal is almost mum about these grants, and did not say much even during today's press-con. Should we presume that US Admin will be happy with one kneeling PM and would not interfere in our affairs?

Thank you Rajan for the link; the info further shows that these self proclaimed leaders are not what they appear. We need to be sceptical.

start business forum said...

The CPIM withdrew the support on UPA government on nuclear power agreement and against U.S imperialism but the same CPIM is supporting Anna Hazare's movement which is said to have been financed by FORD FOUNDATION.

As regards to your question that why Obama administration would need ANNA HAZARE, the reply is,U.S citizens will not allow obama to interfere with the internal affair of a country, hence obama needs FOUNDATIONS like FORD FOUNDATION ROCKFELLAR FOUNDATION etc as frontal mask to do the dirty job, hence TEAM ANNA, is required.


Shree Kar said...

Dear Doctor,

As a reader of Sampada, I used to admire your comments and posts there.

I don't see anything wrong in Team Anna getting funds from Ford and Rockefeller Foundations whose objectives are noble.