Leaks and links that reveal the neo-colonial power-plays under the guise of “social good”
“India is the prime target of a huge enterprise—a ‘network’ of organizations, individuals and churches—that seems intensely devoted to the task of creating a separatist identity, history and even religion, for the vulnerable sections of India. This nexus of players includes not only church groups, government bodies and related organizations, but also private think-tanks and academics. On the surface they appear to be separate and isolated from one another, but in fact … their activities are well-coordinated and well-funded from the US and Europe.”
from: Breaking India by Rajiv Malhotra & Aravindan Neelakandan
John Podesta: “John David Podesta (born January 8, 1949) is the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama.
He is the former president, and now Chair and Counselor, of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C., as well as a Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.” – from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Podesta. John Podesta is also the founder of The Washington Center for Equitable Growth (WCEG or “Equitable Growth”).
The Podesta Group: Founder and Chairman, Tony Podesta (J. Podesta’s brother). The Podesta Group is a lobbying group who had the contract for the Republic of India in the US.
Ford Foundation provides grants to Center for American Progress (J. Podesta’s thinktank). Darren Walker is President of the Ford Foundation.
“John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman for the 2016 US presidential elections, closely monitored and may have intervened in the controversy surrounding the Ford Foundation and other foreign charitable foundations last year, according to to a set of leaked emails released by Wikileaks on Tuesday.
In the first half of 2015, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker sent a number of emails to Podesta, most of which were updates on events taking place in India after the Modi government tightened the rules governing foreign charitable foundations and NGOs. During this time, the Ford Foundation was put on a government watch list over funding it gave to activist Teesta Setalvad in 2009.” – from “Leaked Emails Show That Clinton Election Adviser Kept Tabs On Ford Foundation’s India Controversy” by Anuj Shrivas, The Wire
source for emails referenced herein: Wikileaks, “The Podesta Emails”
Date: 2015-06-08 00:48
Subject: Update on Ford India
Date: 2015-05-26 21:46
Subject: Ford Foundation India
** see attachment: The Ford Foundation in India, Notes to John Podesta / May 26, 2015
Date: 2015-05-26 21:47
Subject: Latest India Media Coverage
Date: 2015-05-30 13:09
Subject: Re: Excellent meeting with the U.S. Ambassador (**and this)
Date: 2015-06-10 17:12
Subject: ambassador Singh
Date: 2015-07-19 14:06
Subject: Update on Ford Foundation India
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Date: 2015-10-02 15:06
Subject: RE: Meeting with Darren Walker
Date: 2015-07-15 20:48
Subject: Re: John – Many Thanks / FORD FOUNDATION
Date: 2015-05-28 13:41
Subject: Re: A small request
“…the leading private foundations—Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Luce Foundation, Pew Trust, Templeton Foundation, to name just a few—serve as vehicles for the US government and billionaires to collaborate on fulfilling what many Americans have seen as their manifest destiny…
Indian centrifugal forces have not only up-linked with the international influences, but have also strategically interlinked among themselves for greater synergy.”
from: Breaking India by Rajiv Malhotra & Aravindan Neelakandan
Attachment: PDF of downloaded spreadsheet of Ford Foundation’s grants 2006-16, New Delhi (originating office)
“The FF New Delhi office webpage claims that ‘at the invitation of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the Foundation established an office in India in 1952’. In fact, Chester Bowles, US Ambassador to India from 1951, initiated the process. Like the rest of the US foreign policy establishment, Bowles was profoundly shocked at the ‘loss’ of China (i.e., the nationwide coming to power of the communists in 1949). Linked to this was his acute worry at the inability of the Indian army to suppress the communist-led peasant armed struggle in Telangana (1946-51) ‘until the communists themselves changed their programme of violence’. Indian peasants expected that now, with the British Raj gone, their longstanding demand for land to the tiller would be implemented, and that pressure continued everywhere in India even after the withdrawal of the Telangana struggle.” – from: “Ford Foundation’s anti-Hindu point of intersection in India” by Radha Rajan, India Facts
“For the United States, which was in dire need to show the Arab world that the aggressive Afghan and Iraq invasions were not a crusade against Islam, the Gujarat riots provided an opportunity to prove that it stands by the Muslims at the expense of the Hindus. Many advocacy groups, evangelical institutions, and related think-tanks, went into a hyperactive mode, inviting activists from India to give testimony in the US regarding gruesome violence of the Gujarat riots. (123) Hinduism thus served as fodder for US appeasement of Islam.”
Endnote 123: “For example, Teesta Setalvad, an activist who popularized the account of Hindu rioters ripping open a pregnant Muslim woman and throwing the fetus into fire, had visited the United States for lecture tours (MeriNews, 2008) and also has given testimony before US commissions. However, a Special Investigative Team appointed by the Supreme Court of India to investigate the riots in its report has cast doubt on the occurrence of such a nightmarish incident. (Mehta, 2009)” – from: Breaking India by Rajiv Malhotra & Aravindan Neelakandan
“The Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS) (78) was created in New Delhi using an initial grant of USD 300,000 from the Ford Foundation. (79) The India head, who runs three of the nine institutes comprising the network, is a Jesuit, Martin Macwan of NCDHR. The Indian affiliates of IIDS are mainly Christian organizations, often with Hindu names but controlled by Christians. The foreign affiliates are mainly Christian transnational organizations, as well as the Danish Foreign Ministry.” * endnotes: 78. (IIDS, 2008), 79. (Macwan, 2007, 1) – from: Breaking India by Rajiv Malhotra & Aravindan Neelakandan