Modi's crush-western-NGO campaign begins

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  1. parijataka

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    Batting for Shell (a Dutch company) ...???

    Dutch-funded NGO trying to stall oil drilling in northeast: IB report

    NEW DELHI: Dutch government-funded CORDAID and its associate outfits had organized an elaborate training session for north-eastern NGO activists in Shillong last year, teaching them how to use GPS tracking to map oil wells, mines, dams, forests and habitation for an updated GIS platform on extractives in the region.

    The database would be used to facilitate targeted local protests and international activism against extractive industries like oil drilling in Manipur, according to an Intelligence Bureau report on the negative impact of foreign-funded NGOs' activism on India's GDP growth.

    The trainers at the session, two Dutch and an American, constantly reminded the participants that oil reserves in the northeast were as large as those in the entire Gulf region and that the precious resources must be preserved by the local tribals for their own use. They alleged that the government of India was, in collaboration with MNCs, "stealing the resources of the region and refusing to remove the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, or AFSPA, (from Manipur) as it needed Indian Army to extract those resources".

    The trainers insisted that until the rights of communities over their land and resources were recognized, Jubilant Energy, engaged in oil drilling in Manipur, and the Indian government should stop all petroleum and drilling activity in Manipur.

    According to the IB report, CORDAID has added 'extractive industries in the northeast' as one of the focal points for its interventions in India. It had organized a side event on 'extractive industry operations on the enjoyment of human rights' in Geneva in September 2012, with Swami Agnivesh as a prominent speaker. A 'Geneva Coalition' has begun working on extractive industries with opposition to oil drilling by Jubilant Energy in three districts of Manipur, big dams in Arunachal Pradesh and mining projects in Meghalaya.

    CORDAID, the IB report said, is routing funds through NGOs like Chindu (FCRA No. 010220235) and Swadhikar (FCRA No. 231661023) to the 'Manipur Coalition on Extractives', which includes Rural Woman for Upliftment Society (RWUS) and Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE).

    Incidentally, the Manipur-based RWUS had sponsored the trip of eight north-eastern NGO participants to Bangkok in April-May last year, funded by CORDAID, for training in extractive activism. The foreign trip was a way to circumvent the visa denial to CORDAID's senior policy officer Eelco De Groot, earlier associated with the Dutch ministry of economic affairs, who had applied for a visit to Manipur in March last year to assess the potential for civil rights activism there.

    Groot not only funded the Bangkok training of the north-east activists, but also emphasized during the session that it was best to make it so difficult for the drilling company that it would be unable to meet all the required international standards involved in oil extraction.

    Internal documents, including maps reproduced in the IB report, reveal CORDAID's resolve to stall the Dutch-registered, Indian-owned Jubilant Oil Company's explorations plans in the north-east. They reveal mapping of Jubilant's concession areas and identification of about 150 settlements in the vicinity of 30 allotted wells. The intended strategy is to target 52 villages, which are within 5 km radius of any well, the IB report claimed.

    CORDAID, the IB report added, has plans to internationalize the matter under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of 2007.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    In Mizoram, the Church controls politics.

    And so is to some extent in Nagaland.
     
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    Re: Dutch govt funded NGO trying to stall oil drilling in NE : IB repo

    It is time for Indians to quit acting cute and realise the India is under threat.

    Ecology is important, but there has to be some balance.

    Progress does not indicate that we become cavemen.

    Compensatory means to restore balance must accompany progress.
     
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    as if he can or as if we will let him do so...:thumb:
     
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    bhushan is a bot........ Modi should crush this foreign NGOs
     
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    These NGO's have 2 intentions.

    1) Spread Christianity, 2) Support anti-India terrorists. West dislikes strong India.
     
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    west dislikes east..... NGOs have no base in china and russia and we must praise them for that
     
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    NGOs operate in Russia, but Putin is coming down heavily against them ever since the Ukrainian situation.

    I am not too sure about China.
     
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    An example of NGOs in action

    Udaykumar keep threatening legal action, but has he taken any?

    And why is the UPA Govt or the NDA Govt not taking action against him legally under the National Security Act?

    On 18 March 2014 he was named as a Aam Aadmi Party candidate for Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency
     
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    To be fair to Udaykumar, here is his response.
     
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    SP Udaykmumar

    I look at it dispassionately.

    It is not material as to which is the 'front' for organising these activities.

    All I am concerned is that NGOs should be monitored strictly wherein their legitimate activities are allowed and there other activities in the name of charity and diverted to disrupting the State should not be allowed, and if guilty the heavy hand of the law should fall on them. Such NGOs should be banned and their members proceeded against with all the might of law at the Govt's disposal.

    India cannot afford to remain a poverty stricken nation, and thus beholden to NGOs and foreign Govts to decide India's fate.
     
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    Foreign Investments is usually used as the carrot to let these groups in. Previous government
    Viewed it as a bonus making money from groups and investments.
     
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    Rs 12,500 cr from abroad and only 2% NGOs report it: Home ministry

    Nongovernmental organisations in India received nearly Rs 12,500 crore from foreign contributors in 2013, according to a home ministry report. In 2011-12, they had received Rs 11,500 crore, which in turn was nearly 12 per cent since the previous year. In the two years preceding that, foreign donations had dropped around 4 per cent.
    The report also noted that only two per cent of the country’s estimated 20 lakh NGOs report their donations from abroad, and that most of the money is used for purposes not specified by the NGOs.
    NGOs have been under the government scanner following an Intelligence Bureau report to the PMO stating stating that they are “stalling development projects”. The home ministry report, released last December, states, “…It is necessary to note that the NGO sector in India is vulnerable to the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.”
    The ministry report notes the absence of a centralised database on the number of NGO in the country and the quantum of finance involved in their operation. But it adds, “Unofficial figures indicate that there are over 20 lakh NGOs registered in India and those reporting to MHA for Foreign Contributions Regulation Act are only 2 per cent of the total NGOs.”
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    The report classifies 15 major purposes for which the foreign contributions have been received, and states that the highest amounts were received and utilised for “activities which are not mentioned” and under the miscellaneous head — Rs 2,350 crore approximately in 2013 and Rs 2253.61 crore in 2012 — followed by work in rural development, welfare of children, construction and maintenance of schools and colleges, and research.
    The home ministry also raises concern that a “large number of registered associations still don’t submit their statutory annual returns mandated by the law”. Among states and UTs, the highest amount of foreign contribution for the year 2013 was reported by Delhi, followed by Tamil Nadu. Between 2012 and 2013, several anti-government protests were organised in both states, holding up various projects including the Kudankulam nuclear plant.
    In previous years, the highest foreign contribution by any district in 2011-12 was reported by Chennai (Rs 889.99 crore) followed by Mumbai (Rs 825.40 crore) and Bangalore (Rs 812.48 crore). Among NGOs, World Vision of India, Chennai, received the highest that year at Rs 233.38 crore, followed by the Believers Church India, Pathanamthitta, Kerala (Rs 190.05 crore), and Rural Development Trust, Anathapur, in Andhra Pradesh (Rs 144.39 crore).
    United States tops the list of countries from where donations came during the years 2013 and 2012, with Rs 4,050 crore and Rs 3,838.23 respectively. In 2011-12, Compassion International USA had given Rs 183.83 crore and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints USA Rs 130.77 crore. The next five countries from where the highest donations have come in the past three years have been the UK, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. In 2011-12, British organisations gave Rs 1219.02 crore, German ones Rs 1096.01 crore, Italian ones Rs 528.88 crore and Dutch ones Rs 418.37 crore, as per the MHA report.
    Home Ministry officials said after an inquiry from the PMO on foreign contributions, a fresh list is being drawn and will soon be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    Out of 22,702 NGOs that reported foreign contributions in 2011-12, 148 received in excess of Rs 10 crore, 178 between Rs 5 and 10 crore, 1,702 associations between Rs 1 and 5 crore, and the rest below Rs 1 crore.

    Rs 12,500 cr from abroad and only 2% NGOs report it: Home ministry | The Indian Express | Page 99
     
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    This is interesting. Many countries regulate and restrict foreign funding of NGOs, and nearly all at least monitor said funding flows. Based on the IB report, it looks like India is late even to the monitoring bandwagon.

    But even though India isn't doing anything abnormal or wrong, India-US relations are going to suffer over this much more than the Khobragade row, because NGOs are the preferred "soft power" vehicle that the US and Germany use to advance their geopolitical interests.

    Under Hilary Clinton, the US State Department started data-mining mass NSA monitoring of private and public social media communications (Facebook, Gmail, Youtube) in foreign countries to arrive at real-time opinion polling on every conceivable social and political subject in a country, and then directed funding to NGOs in said country that it judged were 'most likely to get traction' and also 'aligned with US foreign policy imperatives'. On an absolute basis, the two countries where the US does this the most are India and Pakistan, although, of the two, India is more susceptible than Pakistan due to its greater degree of democracy and localized politics.

    Countless US NGOs that have 'burrowed' into local politics in India, where they use mass intelligence data analysis and foreign funding to become 'indispensable kingmakers' in local elections. As they spread, they manage to create stable voting blocs in India beholden not to local constituencies, but to the NGOs themselves and their backers.

    And since ex-Secretary Clinton was the architect of this strategy, Modi's action here represents a direct slap to her face. Clinton is also the likeliest candidate for US President in 2016, and her foreign policy acolytes - Susan Rice, Samantha Power - are the US National Security Adviser and US Ambassador to the United Nations, respectively, and very well could end up as Secretary of State and/or Secretary of Defense under a Clinton administration. Modi's actions here could poison the Indo-US relationship for the next decade, because as Clinton/Power/Rice's actions in Syria and Libya demonstrate, if someone pisses them off, they will ally with anyone - even Islamic radicals - to remove them from power.

    From the other side of the Himalayas: bravo to Modi, but good luck...
     
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    I have a better suggestion.

    Foreign funding is allowed. But all monies come to an escrow account under GoI. Then GoI distributes monies to NGOs on performance basis.
     
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    The problem with science right now is a lack of gold standards in research. And yes greenpeace et al is full of hippies.
     
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    Greenpeace funds hit Home barrier - The Hindu

     
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    idea is worth but then u have poltican/IAS peoples runing ngo`s they would get pissied.Also from medha patkar to arundhati roy would be on streets plus change in gov would stop funds to NGO`s which are ideologiaclly different then to party governing at center.


    Plus ias babu would get another shot for corruption.would be most profitable after police departments
     
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    Greenpeace Targeted by Intelligence Bureau Again: 10 Developments

    New Delhi: After accusing Greenpeace of hurting economic progress by campaigning against power projects and mining, the Intelligence Bureau, in a new report, says the NGO's clearance to collect funds from abroad should be cancelled. The Intelligence Bureau, which has described Greenpeace as "a threat to national economic security", says that the organization's compliance with tax rules should also be checked.
    Here are 10 big developments in this story

    The report was submitted on June 9 to the Prime Minister's Office and Ajit Doval, the National Security Adviser.

    "We are being targeted as an NGO which follows all the laws of the country. We show all the transparency and place our annual reports on website for everybody to see," said Bharti Sinha, spokesperson for Greenpeace India.

    An earlier report by the Intelligence to the new PM and his administration was recently leaked; it contained the most serious charges yet against foreign-funded organizations, accusing them of trying to block projects that are key for development.

    Greenpeace alone was leading a "massive effort to take down India's coal-fired power plant and coal mining activity," the report said.

    "We believe that this report is designed to muzzle and silence civil society who raise their voices against injustices to people and the environment by asking uncomfortable questions about the current model of growth," Greenpeace rebutted.

    "A significant number of Indian NGOs funded by donors based in US, UK, Germany and Netherlands have been noticed to be using people-centric issues to create an environment, which lends itself to stalling development projects," the Intelligence Bureau said.

    Together, the cancellation, disruption or delay to these development projects had clipped gross domestic product growth by 2 to 3 per cent a year, its first report alleged.

    The Intelligence Bureau said the targeted projects include coal-fired power projects, genetically modified organisms, mega industrial projects including South Korean firm POSCO's steel plant and Vedanta's bauxite project both in Odisha, and hydro-power projects in Arunachal Pradesh along the border with China.

    Greenpeace says that India should embrace renewable energy and improve energy efficiency instead of destroying forests to access the coal underneath.

    The controversy has erupted as the new government seeks ways to restore economic growth that has fallen to below five percent.

     

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