Business Standard published this morning an interview with Arvind Kejriwal and Steven Solnick, India country Rep of Ford Foundation in an article titled Claims that Hazare's movement is US-funded baseless: Arvind.They confirmed Arundhati Roy's charge that Kabir, a Kerjiwal NGO received $ 400,000 during the last 3 years as funding from Ford Foundation. On the broader allegations whether the US steamrolled the Anna Hazare anti-corruption agitation, they drove themselves further to a corner. This is why? Note :extracts from Business Standard:RTI activist, Arvind Kejriwal today dubbed as “baseless” the questions being raised about interests of US bankrolling the nation-wide anti-corruption agitation under his Gandhian leader Anna Hazare.
How can you linked that to what is being done now?” he asked, referring to allegations against the popular movement seeking early passage of a strong Lok Jan Pal Bill, including one by author Arundhati Roy.
“If Ford Foundation is bad, then ban it,” he saidYou ask why, Kejriwal? Why??? Is it a mere coincidence that a clutch of Ford Foundation supported (past or current) NGOs steamrolled this agitation?Suppose Indian supported NGOs in the US had carried out such a campaign, can you imagine what's Washington's reaction? The likes of you even for mere suspicion of such brazenness would have been immediately whisked away to Guantanamo Bay to be never be seen live thereafter.Michael Bochenek, Director of Law and Policy at Amnesty International condemned this detention centre as raising serious and credible allegations of torture. Bochenek was putting it mildly. The New York Times put it more graphically in a testimony to Congress:* Urinating on detainees
* Jumping on detainee's leg (a limb already wounded by gunfire) with such force that it could not thereafter heal properly
* Continuing by pounding detainee's wounded leg with collapsible metal baton
* Pouring phosphoric acid on detainees
* Sodomization of detainees with a baton
* Tying ropes to the detainees' legs or penises and dragging them across the floor.
* A prison guard said that prisoners were shot for minor misbehaviour, and claimed to have had venomous snakes bite prisoners, sometimes resulting in their deaths.US reactions won't stop there. They will bomb the nation to Stone Age for their brazenness to attempt a "regime change" in their country. Like Sadam Husein, the Prime Minister of India could in all probability be tried in a fake court and then hanged - all televised to rub in the humiliation!You said further Mr Kejriwal, if Ford Foundation is bad, ban it. Yes. I totally agree. Ford Foundation by a failed attempt to a regime change in India has over stayed its welcome in India. It is better for them to realize this on their own rather than leaving them red-faced if the government of India decides to tell them impolitely to leave.The Home Ministry must temporarily revoke FCRA clearance of all Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation supported NGOs in the country, past or current. In fact it would be a great idea, if the scope of investigation is widened to encompass all US funded NGOs, whether World Vision; CRS; CARE etc., just to confirm whether there was a wider conspiracy. Raid them and verify their fund utilization and if violations have been found, also book their chartered accountants for fraud and professional misconduct!Magsaysay Awardees(Kejriwal) It was “preposterous” to say Magsaysay awardees will further any American agenda just because the Magsaysay Foundation has US funding. “I don’t know who funds Magsaysay. If every beneficiary of the Ford Foundation fund was furthering a US interest, then IIM Bangalore dean Trilochan Shastri who started Association for Democratic Reforms with IIM alumni “too must be doing that”, he added, cynically.(Steven Solnick) "It was not correct to say that Ford Foundation was trying to influence Magsaysay awardees even indirectly. “Our grant to Magsaysay Foundation was as early as 15 years ago. It was for a specific purpose. That both Kiran Bedi (of Team Anna) and Kejriwal are awardees is a coincidence.”The Jan Lok Pal Bill originally stipulated a condition that two of the last Magsaysay awardees were to be eligible for the Lok Pal post. Just who were these last two? Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi! And just who were these two personalities? The same that led the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare, another Magsaysay awardee! And if the Jan Lok Pal by a quirk of fate was passed into law, presto - we have Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi as part of the Lok Pal. This is one hell of coincidence, Mr. Solnick isn't it?While it is factual that Ford Foundation's last grant to Magsaysay was 15 years ago, you left out the details. The grant went to an emerging leadership fund, where Ford Foundation still controls the key decision making powers in selection. In 2005, Kabir received founding from Ford Foundation and the very next year he receives the Magsaysay emerging leadership award. Quite a coincidence, Mr. Solnick, don't you say??The Magsaysay Award was besides established by your other CIA twin, the Rockerfeller Foundation. Magsaysay is given as reward to those who stand for American interests. Now if Arvind Kejriwal feigns ignorance of the organization's background from whom he accepted an award, a title he openly flaunts as his credentials, let this expose of Dr S Faizi in www.vijayvaani.com, be his enlightenment. Dr Faizi is an ecologist specialising in international environmental policy:"Late Ramon Magsaysay was a former president of The Philippines. But the award, though in his name and in his honour, is not an official award of The Philippines government, but one that is funded and run by the Rockefeller Foundation, out of Manila to be sure, with some local faces accommodated on the Board. And its youth award (given to Kejriwal) is funded by a bird of the same feather - the Ford Foundation.Cultivating and promoting ‘society leaders’ who one way or the other stand up for American ‘values’ and help remove the social space for those who challenge American hegemony that is at the root of a multitude of world problems, is the long term purpose of the award. It can also be used for short term goals, such as precipitating a domestic crisis. [The current face-off at Ramlila Maidan could be said to represent such a manufactured crisis].
Magsaysay is also given as reward to those who stand for American interests. As an example, consider the invaluable collection of India’s rice germ-plasm assiduously built at the Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, which was taken away by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) located on the banks of the beautiful Laguna lake about two hours drive from Manila.
The Rockefeller Foundation was instrumental in establishing the IRRI for the western agri-business corporations, to have a firm grip on rice cultivation in Asia. And the man who helped IRRI deprive India of its precious rice germ-plasm collection was later made the head of IRRI and rewarded with the Magsaysay [a rich purse], and subsequently made chairman of the award committee.The name Ramon Magsaysay did not come to the Ford Foundation by accident. If it was to honour the values of freedom and commitment to the people, they should have gone for the name of Jose Rizal, the most revered Philipino leader, but they did not do that. Ramon Magsaysay steadfastly stood for American interests both in The Philippines and the southeast Asia region. The 1953 presidential election that Magsaysay won was entirely manipulated by the CIA to put him in that position. Nick Cullather of Stanford University says in his book Illusions of Influence: The Political Economy of United States-Philippines Relations, 1942-1960, ‘The US flagrantly intervened in the 1953 election. The list of CIA dirty tricks, by one account, included money laundering, arson, and blackmail, but ironically these depredations fail to convey the scope of the interference. The election was all about the United States’.Magsaysay was considered a great asset by America in fighting communist movements. He happily worked for America to set up the dangerous SEATO (Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty) military alliance, although it had hardly any takers within the region (only the kingdom of Thailand and the vassal state of Pakistan).America unsuccessfully used him to spoil the 1955 Bandung Conference that led to the birth of the Non-Alignment Movement. He refused to go Bandung (like his mentor John Dulles, the US Secretary of State) in deference to American interests, but sent a representative who argued for American interests, giving lone company to the US envoy there. I wonder how many of our civil society groups and journalists who get excited at the very mention of the Magsaysay Award know how Ramon had attempted to malign the image of Jawaharlal Nehru (and NAM) by describing the Non Aligned Movement as a springboard of communism, because they were angered by Nehru’s criticism of SEATO.Ramon Magsaysay is honoured by the US for nothing but his ‘courageous stand against communism in the Far East’. And the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations’ award in his name is meant to promote that old purpose in a sustained and discrete manner.The three Magsaysay awardees, owning multiple well-funded NGOs, live up to the expectations of the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations; and now the US government has officially chipped in, though it is simultaneously trying to distance itself belatedly in the face of a strong official reaction from New Delhi."Now that you know all what the Magsaysay award is about, Mr Kejriwal, would you return the award as a true "patriot" of this country. To your credit Mr. Kejriwal, you succeeded in generating a frenzied outpouring of people waving Indian flags and singing Vande Mantram when they should have really be waving the US flag and singing the Star-Spangled Banner!And as for the query whether the charge of US stooge applies to IIM Bangalore dean Trilochan Shastri, another Magsaysay awardee, who started Association for Democratic Reforms with IIM alumni, the answer is in the affirmative He was fomenting support for your Jan Lok Pal bill in Bangalore by organizing rallies.Ford Foundation Funding(Kejriwal) In a talk with Business Standard, the Ramon Magsaysay awardee said the NGO, Kabir, he runs along with social activist Manish Sisodia, did receive funding from the New York-based Ford Foundation, but pointed out that it had stopped about two years ago.(Solnick) Ford Foundation India too denied allegations that it was propping the anti-graft movement. Its representative, Steven Solnick, said the Foundation’s last instalment to Kabir was in 2010.
“Our first grant to the NGO was of $1,72,000 in 2005 ; the second was in 2008 of $1,97,000,” he told Business Standard. "Both were exclusively for work on Right to Information Act and on training people how to use it,” he said. The Foundation had agreed to give the NGO a grant this year. “But they told us that they have not been able to begin any work. Hence, the money was not given.”
So how do you explain this snapshot of grant allotment to Kabir in the Ford Foundation's website, Mr Kejriwal, Mr. Solnick? This clearly disclosures that the grant was for the current year!