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Monday, June 23, 2014


1/ what is an NGO?
NGOs are non- Governmental Organisations working on many social issues, with or without government knowing or involving.
Many times NGOs act very close with govt as the disseminator, distributor to the last mile. Ofcourse sometimes govts do not know of most NGOs..

2/ How many NGOs are there in India?
No one can tell you that not even the GOI (ofcourse not the IB) Like most things they haven’t bothered or do not have the right figures. (they do not even have the right numbers for farmer suicides. May be they don’t care..its the same here too) But it is in lakhs if not in crores. Then there are not-for-profit institutions and unregistered ones too.

3/  Are NGOs bad?
Like in everything around us there are good NGOs and bad ones.
Like there are very bad doctors, lawyers, religious heads, ofcourse lots of bad politicians, there are bad NGOs too..and quite some good NGOs..many doing some grass root work, most doing simple social sector works like education, primary health etc (where Govts have failed miserably)

4/ so then are NGOs good?
No, as I said above its a mixed bag like everything in the society today and there will be bad ones. Even obnoxious ones.
Best example is > BCCI the Indian cricket board is an NGO!!
Do I need to say more?
Ok, if you want one more- The Industries body CII is an NGO!!
Most money minting educational institutions and religious institutions are NGOs!

5/ So, who is an NGO then? are you an NGO?
So there will be such diversity in India. Not so easily read as black or white.
Yes, Iam an NGO- simply bcos iam not Govt.  but I don’t get funds from any one..
Definitely not from govt, foreign or Indian..
I work on areas that I feel as important and see that obviously govts are failing. (like water bodies restoration, solid waste management, farmers suicide, sustainable agriculture, Safe Food etc. But Iam not registered nor funded.
So Iam not an NGO. (now you get it, now you don’t – right?)

6/ What about Green peace? 
Green Peace is one such organization which has been fighting for various people, issues, livelihoods and more importantly environment issues.
They will have their accounts in place, ofcourse. As far as I know they have most of their funds coming from contributions from simple local citizens. In the range of few 100s from each person. Such collective contribution is their main source in India.
Isnt it commendable that they are running these campaigns for the sake of our next generation, for the benefit of our ecology, for their concern for environment and  on behalf of tribals and farmers who are being displaced, livelihoods destroyed and even at times killed. We should not and cannot push aside dissent and opposition. As a society we should learn to respect such deeds. J C Kumarappa saw great benefit in the civil society and social activists in a democracy. (See link 1 below)

7/  If what you say is true why then are they on the radar of IB? Hevnt they committed any crime?
Crime is a big word. Even if they have committed some financial mistake as claimed, for example, then the law should take kits course.
Green Peace has an arm that receives foreign funds and that is why they have been awarded FCRA by our GOI. If they have indeed made any mistakes, it is professional error and could be at max some financial bungling and that has to be rightly punished, but legally..they shud face it. Penalty ot what ever it is.
So do we know anything of that sort?
The report itself is not indicating any specific financial bungling or misappropriation but is stating in a generic term that such organisations are anti development and they are all foreign funded..
The report itself only talks of Green Peace  receiving Rs.47 crores in last 7 years! All this thru the registered FCRA account holding organization.  It is not huge money. That is why that number never comes thru the media or any official note because people will immediately know that there is nothing wrong or gross about it. So there is nothing dubious there. So what are ‘they’ doing? Maligning the organization and make a big hue and cry that foreign funds are helping them. And that they are anti-development and they are stalling our nation’s progress!
Where as Green Peace is actually fighting the foreign corporates that are trying to take away our nation’s resources at the cost of our countrymen’s lives and livelihoods.
And here we are- the ordinary citizens like suckers biting in to any emotional rhetoric and empty jingoisms thrown at us.
IB sure is confused between who and what is actually anti-national.

8/Why were they accused of being anti-National?
Simply because they were being very sensitive to the national interests,  long term though and to the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable and poor.
For some vague reason the IB calls them impeding the “Development” and the “growth”. This is very clear where the orders should have come, isn’t?
But as we saw, it is so easy to divert peoples’ attention by pulling of such big lies and use them as tools to quell dissent.
if we want foreign investment for industries, for retails, for machines, for agriculture then why not for these watch dog activities or dissent too?
Why cant foreign funds be used for questioning the wrong doings? Why cant there be any opposite view in a Democracy?
Whats wrong with a group of people asking for some clarifications and demanding answers for some uneasy questions?
They are obviously targeted because the industry and hence the govt would need some tool to hit back after major scams like Coalgate.

9/ But were they not scams of the previous govt?
Exactly! That’s is where you can get to see who the real boss is. What difference can you find between the 2 govts-  be it in wanting to continue with mindless illegal mining, to bring unsafe GMOs to our food, to bring a nuke plant when the whole local community is opposing?
Hence it makes sense to see who will really benefit. Will the coal scam be taken seriously now? Will the swiss money be tracked and brought back? No!! that’s why such maligning is easy and will be carried out to divert peoples attention from real issues.

10/  others like Kavitha Kuruganti, Aruna, Vandana Shiva who have been noted in the
IB report?
It is the same. If Green Peace is fighting unlawful mining, illegal land acquisitions, illegal operations of corporates and the behind the door operations of the MNCs to take our country’s seed sovereignty, power situation, food business and all resources in to their hand these women are responsible for stopping the GM juggernaut. These ladies are the reason we are all still safe from the GM and other poison landing on our plates. They along with Green peace and many other civil society organisations have been exposing the corporate hand behind the GM greed and the safety issues and that the GMOs has been banned and questioned in most countries across the globe.
These ladies have been fighting for safe food and better prices for farmers and enhanced livelihoods for farmers and artisans. They are professing ecological farming, decentralized economy, local livelihoods etc.
So these are people are being seen as opponents of the GM industry and centralized industrial operations. Hence the industry is put off with such people and hence will be happy with such reports.
It is just the industry’s desperation.
What is surprising is that this present Home minister to finance minister to various BJP leaders have voiced their opposition to GMOs along with these very ladies. BJP also has mentioned their opposition to GM seeds in last 2 manifestos. So these ministers and BJP are also anti development and anti national as much as these ladies.

11/ Are these people not anti-development then? What IS Development then?
Oh! Development is a great thing. It cannot be so easily grasped except if you from IBJ
It is a very deep subject and we need to understand more politics, players than we did just now. It can be long.
Lets plan another FAQ for that. (yes, pl await FAQ U 2 soon)

12/ whats your take on the IB report?
The one that was leaked to/by the press right?  Even the Home minister said on the 12th that he did not know. So we do not know”-)
Seriously- it has been a very shoddy report sans intelligence.
There have been many retorts including ASHAs response and a press release by the ladies mentioned in the report.
very clearly the IB has been mislead or is very corporate friendly. That’s why it hasn’t bothered about the real issue of seed sovereignty or the corporate greed. Neither is it bothered to read or grasp the issue being discussed and suggestions given by the TEC (Technical Expert Committee) of the Supreme Court or that of the Parliamentary Standing committee. IB could not have prepared a report in such a short notice for the new govt. It has just cut and inserted from various sources and probably an old report it generated for the previous govt (ofcourse with generous input from the industry!)

Anyway we have more links at the end of this FAQ U and urge you to take time and go through them all to be well informed and not to etch comments on FB and blogs with out full information.

Most Indians esp the educated urbans do not recognize the ground reality because they never get to see the real issue- closely. Be it land acquisition or usurping forest lands or displacement due to Dams etc. These are serious life and livelihood issues. These are people who will never empathise with issues or the ones who suffer. So the principles of fairness, care, health, ecology, Transparency, consultation etc are never regarded..
It is sad that a major part of middle class and the (g)literratti is so absorbed in to their own world and do not consider the many serious fall outs of Development.
(do wait patiently for the FAQ U 2 that’s coming soon on Development)

13/ is foreign fund good or bad?
As said before if you want foreign funds for development, foreign funds will also be needed for opposing it. Let us brace it up.
If we need foreign funds for retail, hospitals, hotels, insurance, agriculture then why not in NGO sector? Why not in politics? Why not in dissent?
By the way how much foreign funds went in to the last election?
How much funds and specifically foreign funds both the aprties received and spent – will they come out?
Will the new PM  disclose how much foreing funds and industry funds pumped up his election run up?
Good or bad, it is here to stay. So we should be wary and try and remove it at all levels. Not just in dissent and in social sector.
But believe me, we have made it the toughest for NGOs to register, to get the FCRA approval and to get foreign funds.
So if there is any improper act by the NGOs it is so easy to take action. But we should also not take only on a handful like these because our ‘masters’ want so. We should then look into every NGO including RSS, SJM, religious heads, major institutions, political parties, BCCI, all those flowery NGOs owned by ministers & IAS babus.

14/How is this title to be pronounced?
It is “eff-yeah-kew – you” and in some southern accents it is also pronounced “phuck yoo"

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Isn’t dissent the temple of democracy?

you sure must have heard of the IB report!
its timing is fishy..
the ones driving is clearly who were behind Man Mohan Singh too..the pattern and modus operandi is similar..
except that this govt can go ona  rampage and sort of efficiency the MMS and PCs will never get..

and to see that the Indian Middle class is just not bothered to understand the actual design and not reacting to the way the dissent or questions are being stifled is very ominous..scary..

this stratgey to whip up zingoism around patriotism and national security is so silly and still gobbled up so naively by the media and middle class together..

a banana republic is looming large..

So the NGOs have been sucking up the western worlds money and fighting the politicians out here in India and …
And do what?
Stop mindless mining? No, that unfortunately has never happened..stop koodankulam? Have they? Stop pouring of effluents in to rivers and water bodies? Stop poisoning of our food? Stop crimes against women? Stop pushing aside all the tribals out of their rightful dwelling holes? Stop all farming like the attempt in the Delta region in Tamil Nadu and drill out methane to benefit- whom? A single company? Handful of individuals??

Come on..The NGOs are there because government after government and politician after politician failed us! Not us really, but the vulnerable ones in the society. The Governments started working for the MNCs, International vested interests and even the WTOs.
NGOs are here because of the abject failure of the governments. For the fear of crimes and violent expressions that can result out of such non stop pushing. NGOs are here because of the disdain that politicians along with the mindless corporates are showing for lives, livelihoods, environment, ecology and our collective future.

But that is beside the point!

So IB comes out with a report. Or so we are told.. by whom? Some in the media have a copy. Arnab and express has been flashing it last 2 days..How did they even get it? Or why?? Firstly the timing is amazing and the content is funny! IB should be sharp! Sharper than most politicians, even than the aaya rams and gaya rams..
Or so it looks like..
While it hounded some NGOs in the congress regime (and then many in the BJP openly opposed such hounding!) the IB sweetly timed its turn around. It even plagiarized from Modis own speech in 2006. carried some of its chases from previous! 
while it is pretty evident the IB has actually tweaked a report that they shud have prepared for the MMS govt and to make it look very 'modified' and also the timing is all amazing!!
And take in to consideration the urgency to increase the height of Narmada when the compensations are still questioned since decades or take the case of Bhopal gas victims- 27 years and still no signs of compensation.
The urge to restart various mining operations including the ones censured by courts and the illegal ones..
The urgency to stifle any resistance and dissent!

What is development? What is this “developmentality"?

I am Non-government. Iam anti development. yes, From the time I decided not to be a part of the corporate world and money spinning industry. I do not perform anything for monetary gains since 2006. But have been working for various causes I value and for various issues that are close to my heart. It could be water body restoration, sustainable agriculture, enhancing local livelihoods and hence local economy, to stop/reduce farmers suicides, to bring genuine organic food to consumers, spreading awareness on safe food, etc. But i also support Green peace and its actions..I am against mindless mining and the sriram reddy and jindal like mining..
Iam against occupying all water bodies..Iam against the agricultural land being sold to the likes of adanis for 1 rupee an acre. orfor that matter even for 1 crore an acre..
so Iam against the forcible chasing and squatting SEZs..
Iam against the dams, river linking, nuke...
so iam an anti national, anti development but they miss the point..I am pro people, the vulnerable ones at that..
Iam also against many NGOs that just prepare reports (yes, like the IBs from safe AC chambers) and who have no clue of the grass roots..
Of course any and all wrong doers must be punished. All NGOs aren’t chasing money. There shall be wrong people, like every where else. Just to state a popular example here: when Kiran Bedi was caught on the wrong foot, the NGOs moved away from her. It is the politicians who are cozying up with her!  
At the cost of repetition let me say : NGOs are there only because of the failure of Governments, period.
Why is no one asking about the foreign money in to political parties, poured in to the full page advertisements during the elections, even worse the religious houses, IPLs and BCCI? 
FDIs are the in thing today isn’t?

If the Governments are running behind foreign funds (FDIs, WB loans, Mellindas freebies etc) why cant some NGOs do the same too?
Or lets all stop it..shall we?

Finally, I think what the IB has done is to show its real intelligence quotient and that is very anti national! They have let themselves and us all down by telling the world what is their capability. That shall encourage all our enemies.
What a pity! Instead of exposing the supposed wrong doers, IB has shamed itself, shot in its leg and the collateral damage is on the new govt- clearly with its ill timing!

PS: oh man! This PM is already looking like ManMohan singh and pawar rolled in to one but far efficient than them but in the same direction as already worried about my nation even though his coterie will call me anti national..