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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