Bhubaneswar – 24/06 – Odisha administrative tribunal fixes 50% maximum for reservation limit. Government accepts it to execute in odisha recruitment system till the final high court judgment come.
Bhubaneswar, June 24: Three prominent sites in Odisha, comprising the Bhitar Kanika wildlife sanctuary, the Chilka lake and the ‘Ekamra Kshetra’ in the heritage city of Bhubaneswar, have been included in UNESCO’s list of heritage sites, the minister of state for tourism and culture, Mr. Ashok Chandra Panda said on Tuesday.
The number of ancient monuments and sites in Bhubaneswar, which have enthused historians since long, have caused the city to be shortlisted by UNESCO, Mr. Panda said while speaking at the SOA University here.
Mr. Panda, the local legislator who was felicitated at the School of Hotel Management (SHM) run by the University, also expressed happiness at the capital city’s growth as an education hub. “The city is now being referred to as ‘Vidya Nagari’ and the SOA University has also developed into a huge institution creating its own identity in the country,” he said.
With several IT companies setting up their centres in Bhubaneswar, the city was discussed as an IT destination in a conclave held in San Francisco in 2010 and the matter has been given due weightage in the Vision-2030 document prepared by the IIT, Kharagpur, the minister said adding the Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik had set up a task force for education.
Mr. Panda also said that the state government was keen to protect the state’s heritage for which the skill of master craftsmen in different fields was sought to be transferred to those willing to learn through the ancient “guru-sishya” tradition. A project to revive the “Bhagabat Tungis” in the state had also been taken up, he said.
The minister was felicitated by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. R.P.Mohanty in the presence of the Registrar and Dean of SHM, Prof. B.B.Pradhan.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Mohanty stressed the need for Odisha expanding its tourism infrastructure and set up a think-tank at the state level. The SHM planned to organise an international conference on tourism, he said while seeking the minister’s assistance in the matter.
Prof. B.P.Tripathy, Associate Dean, SHM and Prof. Jyoti Ranjan Das, Associate Professor of the University also spoke.
Hinduism is not just a faith: President New Delhi, June 23: Hinduism is not just a faith, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday, as he received a copy of the “Encyclopaedia of Hinduism” at an inter-religious gathering.
Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee complimented Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji of the Parmarth Niketan for undertaking the “massive effort” of bringing out the encyclopaedia. Swami Saraswatiji is the founder chairman of India Heritage Research Foundation,
The president said that Hindu religious philosophy identified ‘dharma’, ‘artha’, ‘kama’ and ‘moksh’ as the foremost objectives of a human being, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said. Quoting former president and noted philosopher S.Radhakrishnan, Mukherjee said Hinduism was not just a faith, but the union of reason and intuition that cannot be defined but is only to be experienced.
He said the basic tenet of Hinduism was happiness, health and enlightenment for everyone and suffering, pain and agony for none.
The president quoted Mahatma Gandhi to say: “If I were asked to define the Hindu creed, I should simply say: Search after truth through non-violent means. A man may not believe in God and still call himself a Hindu. “Hinduism is a relentless pursuit after truth… Hinduism is the religion of truth. Truth is God. Denial of God we have known. Denial of truth we have not known.”
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were BJP leaders L.K. Advani, ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Uma Bharti, Karan Singh, chairman of Auroville Foundation, Swami Saraswatiji and R.K. Pachauri, head of TERI.
Among the religious leaders present on the occasion were Acharya Lokesh Muni, Fr Anil Jose Tomas Couto, the Archbishop of Delhi, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, the vice president of the Muslim Personal Law Board, Giani Gurubachan Singh, the chief Jathedar of Akal Takht, and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati.
June 19, 2014
Presented here are the Gujarat parts of 21-page Intelligence Bureau report on foreign funded(FCRA registered) NGOs active in India against development projects. The report has been submitted by Intelligence Bureau to Government of India early this month. Underlined text is not part of the report. It’s there to guide you through various parts related to Gujarat presented in the report:
The IB report by Joint Director S.A.Rizvi begins with this paragraph: Concerted efforts by select foreign funded NGOs to ‘take down’ Indian development projects. These include agitations against nuclear power plants, uranium mines, Coal-Fired Power Plants(CFPPs). Genetically Modified Organisms(GMO), mega industrial projects (POSCO and Vedanta), hydel projects (at Narmada Sagarl; and in Arunachal Pradesh) and extractive industries (oil, limestone) in the North East. The negative impact on GDP growth is assessed to be 2-3% per year.
Gujarat’s Mundra is mentioned in following para about future anti-coal activism planned by US-based ‘green’ organizations and Greenpeace:
Anti-coal activism is spreadheaded by US-based ‘green’ organizations and Greenpeace, which have formed a ‘Coal Network’ to take-down India’s 455 proposed CFPPs(520 GW) amongst 999 globally. NTPC is ranked as the “first offender” with 47 projects. Since 2013, through front entities, Greenpeace has initiated projects in the Singrauli region (Madhya Pradesh), which produces 15,000 MW (projected to double to 30,000 MW). Future targets are four UMPPS (Ultra-Mega Power Projects) at Sasan(MP), Krishapatnam(AP), Girye(Maharashtra) and Sundargarh(Odisha) and the coal-dependant industrial areas at Mundra(Gujarat), Korba and Raigarh(Chhattisgarh), Jabalpur(MP) and Varanasi(UP).
Following para mentions three projects that involve Gujarat and on target of NGOs:
In 2014, Greenpeace plans to campaign against palm oil imports from Indonesia; to organise construction workers in urban areas; and to initiate a campaigna gainst disposal of e-waste or Indian IT firms. Many other NGOs are noticed to be focusing on projects all over the country, including Gujarat’s Special Investment Regions(Dholera; Mandal-Bechraji); the Par Tapi Narmada River Interlinking Project; and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor(DMIC). A detailed review is enclosed.
Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith Narayan Desai’s son-in-law figures in following part of report:
One Sonntag Rainer Hermann(German national) was deported from Chennai on February 27, 2012. Hermann’s laptop contained a scanned map of India with 16 nuclear plants(existing and proposed) and five uranium mine locations marked prominently. The map also included contact details of 50 Indian anti-nuclear activists hand-written on small slips of paper alongwith a Blacberry PIN graph. The map was sent via email to five prominent anti-nuclear activists including Udaykumar. Sontag was also in close contact with Surendra Gadekar, a prominent member of the Ahmedabad-based anti-nuclear network and son in law of Narayan Desai(reputed Gandhian).
Further inquiry into the pattern design and funding of protests at the 21 anti-nuclear plant or uranium mine sites in India revealed the presence of 65 NGOs(17 FCRA-registered).
Based on the above inquiry, network analysis of all anti-nuclear NGO activity in India revealed the existence of one ‘superior network’ (prominently driven by Greenpeace and renowned activists) and five territorial networks based out of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya and Gujarat(Ahmedabad – Surendra Gadekar).
These territorial networks are closely linked to and are supported by the Superior Network of numerous pan-India organizations (Note:IB has named several such organization, of them People’s Union for Civil Liberties PUCL is active in Ahmedabad, Gujarat).
Following para lists out two Gujarat projects coordinated efforts against nuclear power
In the recent past, these networks have coordinated several studies and stalling of projects. Instigation of recent protests at Rawatbhatta, Fatehabad, Jaitapur, Meethi Virdi(Gujarat), Kudankulam, Kakrapar(Gujarat), Kovvada and Chutka sites.
Following para about Greenpeace’s plan to target Mundra(Gujarat)
Greenpeace has declared that Mundra(Gujarat), Korba(Chhattisgarh) and Raigad(Chhattisgarh) would be their next targets after the successful mass mobilizaion at the Mahaan Block in Singrauli Coalfields, Madhya Pradesh.
In contravention of FCRA 2010, Greenpeace was also in talks with AAM Aadmi Party(AAP), which declared Greenpeace Consultant, Pankaj Singh, as the AAP candidate from Mahaan for the Sidhi Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh in the 2014 General elections.
Following is the part of the report about Par Tapi Narmada River Interlinking Project
NGOs target Par Tapi Narmada River Interlinking Project( PTNRIP) in Gujarat and Maharashtra
This project is in the focus of protests by various NGOs. The major one is Parthi Purna Adivasi Sangathan(PPAS) a non-political tribal outfit, under the president ship of Dhakal Kalu Padher. One Suta P Shah, member PPAS, is the main functionary of an FCRA-registered NGO, Sarvodaya Parivar Trust, Taluka harampur, District Valsad, Gujarat. PPAS, reportedly, in receipt of financial support from four FCRA-registered NGOs, Sarvodaya Parivar Trust( FCRA no 042000019), Gujarat Vidyapith (FCRS no. 041910019), some CAGs, including Deevalaya Fulwadi (FCRA no. 042200007) of Father Vincent Mukan and Rajpipla Social Service Society (FCRS no. 041990010).
The above four-FCRA registered NGOs have received foreign funds amounting to Rs. 12.72 crore during the financial year 2006-07 to 2012-13 mainly from Germany(52.80%), Italy(11.68%), USA(6.90%) and Indian donors(27.40%). These NGOs received funds mainly from Andheri Helfe, Germany(29.54%), Katholische Zentralstele Entwicklungshilfe e.V, Germany(17.02%) and Xavier Kalyani Mandal, India(10.34%). Donor-wise details are as under.
PPAs also has support from other tribal outfits including Lok Samiti, Adivasi Ekta Parishad, Jai Adivasi Mahasangh, PTNRIP, involving construction of dams in Gujarat(6) and Maharashtra(1), came into existence when a MoU(May 2010) was signed between State Governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra and Ministry of Water of Western Ghats to the water deficit regions of North Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch region. The project also involves construction of three diversion weirs and 400 km canal connecting these reservoirs, which will help irrigation ernroute besides power generation.
Macdonald, an international company, has been assigned this task for the feasibility test. PPAS alleges that due to this project, tribals from 75 villages would be allegedly affected, of which 24 would be fully submerged and the rest will get partly affected. Most affected villages are particularly from Taluka Dharampur District Valsad & some villages of District Dangs (Gujarat) and Peth, Surgana taluka villages of Nasik district of Maharashtra. The project will submerge an area of 7559 hectares of land including 3570 hectares of forest land displacing villagers and livestock in the region.
Following is the report o a consortium of NGOs against Gujarat Model of development
Gujarat Vikas Manch Lokadhikar Andolan(GVMLA) in Gujarat
A consortium of NGOs like MARAG, PUCL, Movement for Secular Democracy (MSD), Gujarat Sarvodaya Mandal etc., are making efforts to debunk the Gujarat Model of Development. GVMLA organized a 2-day seminar(50/Ahmedabad/March 15-16, 2014), which was prominently participated by representatives of above NGOs. The leaders in their address criticized the State Govt. on the issues of Statue of Unity, Special Investment Regions(SIRs), Mithi Virdi(Bhavnagar) Nuclear Power Project, Industrial development, employment, health, agriculture etc, issues.
Following is the part of the report on SIR in Gujarat
Special Investment Region(SIR) in Gujarat
During a two-day seminar of GVMLA, participants discussed about SIR and stated that due to the implementation of the act, Plain & fertile land of the farmers goes to the industrial sector as a result of which farmers lose their fertile land which is their basic livelihood. Laljibhai Desai, Director of an FCRA-registered NGO, Maldhari Rural Action Group(MARAG) and President of Aazad Vikas Sangthan(a local NGO), has come to notice for instigating, managing & leading the few agitations against SIRs of Dholera(DSIR) and Mandal-Bechraji(MBSIR).
A sammelan (100-1200/Dholera/March 19,2014) was organized under the banner of Bhal Khedut Sangathan, which was participated among others by Lalji Desai and leaders of Gujarat Khedut Samaj, to protest against the acquisition of land of the farmers of Dholera SIR. Jameen Adhikar Andolan Gujarat (JAAG), Khedut Hit Rakshak Samiti(KHRS) are also opposing MBSIR. FCRA-registered NGO, MARAG received foreign funds amounting to Rs. 5.53 crore during FY 2006-07 to 2011-12.
Save The Children Rs. 12,852,245 – 23%
Bioversity – Rs. 12,573,613 – 22.74%
Child Relief and You – 9,068,412 – 16.40%
International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD – Rs. 8,747,350 – 15.82%
Oxfam – Rs. 5,094,701 – 9.21%
Canada India Village Aid(CIVA) – Rs. 3,023,159 – 5.47%
Following are the paragraphs on Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project, major part of which is to pass through Gujarat. This part also covers agitation against the project in Vadodara district.
Delhi to Mumbai Industrial Corridor(DMIC) Project
National Alliance of Peoples’ Movement (NAPM) organized Mumbai-Delhi Sangharsh Yatra( March 8-19, 2013) from Mumbai(150-200/March 8) under the leadership of Medha Patkar in protest against proposed DMIC project. The yatra traversed through Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and culminated at Delhi by staging a Dharna/demonstration on March 18 for mobilizing people affected due to the DMIC project. DMIC is the State sponsored Industrial Development Project spanning in 1483 Km area across six states in Uttar Pradesh, NCR of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. NAPM alleged that DMIC would impact approx 180 million people(14% of Indian population) adversely both from enviornmental/agricultural angle and would turn out to be the biggest disaster for people in coming years.
Corridor Virodhi Shetkari Sangharh Samiti organized a dharna(300-350/Azad Maidan, Mumbai/May 1,2013) to protest against the forcefully encroachment of farmers land for Delhi – Mumbai Industrial Corridor(DMIC). Indian National Social Action Forum(INSAF) organized a meeting (Jaipur/February 20, 2014), which while discussing the issue of DMIC, observed that the Government is acquiring the land of farmers over the name of DMIC and the INSAF activist have to alert the farmrers over this issue that one day the farmers will be landless in this country.
The farmers of 31 villages of Vadodara district organized a meeting(150, Beel/Vadodara March 10, 2014) under the aegis of ‘Ekta Gramin Praja Vichar Manch Samiti(EGPVMS) in protest against proposed project of DMIC including Express Highway from Vadodara to Mumbai and proposed railway project bullet Train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai via Vaodara. The leaders of EGPVMS appealed to the farmers not to give their land for the above projects as there is apprehension that farmers would face heavy financial loss and the project would adversely affect the environment in these villages.
Why Washington sent Rs. 5.29 cr, World sent Rs. 12.6 cr in 2012-13 to 3 NGOs in 1 building in Ahmedabad?
NGO registered as ‘IDEAL’(we bet you haven’t heard about it) functioning in Ahmedabad, Gujarat received whopping Rs.8.07 crore foreign fund in year 2012-13. It was 2.5 time more than the foreign fund it received in previous year! Of this Rs. 5,29,11,725 were received from American capital Washington D.C. The website of the NGO doesn’t provide details of spending of funds.
By Japan K Pathak
With official documents in hand, in this series I am trying to narrate the details of crorepati non-government organizations functioning in Gujarat – author
Jan Vikas is Ahmedabad based foreign funded NGO. According to ‘Jan Vikas Organogram – the Amoeba’ graph presented in earlier version of Jan Vikas’s website, number of Gujarat based NGOs are part of the Jan Vikas network. Many of the NGOs exchange funds internally. The list includes:Kutch Navnirman Abhiyan, Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, Sahjivan , Econet, HID Forum, Manav Garima, Centre for Social Justice, Indian Institute of Para Legal, Dalit Foundation, National Youth Foundation, Drishti, Paryavaran Mitra(project of Jan Vikas), Dalit Shakti Kendra, Youth Resource Centre(project of Jan Vikas), Udaan(project of Jan Vikas) etc.
In this article we discuss the funds received by the Institute For Development Education and Learning (IDEAL) – whose public identity is ‘Centre for Social Justice(CSJ)’.
Registered address of IDEAL/CSJ is Royal Chinmay, same building where Jan Vikas and Dalit Foundation are also registered.
In earlier article we discussed IDEAL’s foreign funding for the year 2011-12. In this piece we are discussing the latest figures of donations during year 2012-13 available to us.
As per the official documents with us, Institute for Development Education and Learning (IDEAL) received whopping Rs. 8,07,93,817.57 foreign donation in year 2012-13. IDEAL is officially declared as NGO working for ‘educational’ initiatives. According to the documents, almost all fund received in 2012-13 was for providing “free legal aid/running legal aid centre.”
Interesting fact is that fund worth Rs. 5,29,11,725 (nearly 5.30 crore) was received from American capital Washington DC.
Official records show that major part of American fund was received from one ‘Creative Associates International Inc(CAI)’ headquartered in Washington DC.
According to online sources like this CAI received contract funding worth $153.4 million in fiscal 2012.
As per this link(not much authentic, but a serious indication) Creative Associates International is subsidized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with more than billion dollars a year to carry out subversive operations internationally. Read this.
As per this link The U.S. Agency for International Development(USAID) was obligated USAID contract funding worth $153.4 million in fiscal 2012. https://www.devex.com/news/top-usaid-contract-awardees-a-primer-81198
If you search ‘Creative Associates International Inc’ in google, you come across some articles suggesting how this agency is known as “obscure company pertaining to the CIA(Central Intelligence Agency of America)”.
One Craig Davis who was working in Pakistan for Creative Associates Inc faced allegations that he was a Blackwater representative. He left the country in 2009 after he was the subject of accusations. Creative Associates has faced similar accusations in Cuba too. These details are based on link. Many more links are available particularly leading to Pakistani news media. Read this to have some idea.
Coming back to IDEAL, America based Ford Foundation donated Rs. 27,30,342 to IDEAL in one year.
Out of total over Rs. 8.59 crore received by IDEAL in one year, over Rs. 6.17 crore came from America itself. Germany was the second highest foreign donor with over Rs. 66.60 lakh donation. German organization Misereor donated Rs. 6,660257.4 in one year to IDEAL.
Some foreign fund has been routed through local NGOs like Econet(Maharashtra), Action Aid(Delhi), and JanVikas(Ahmedabad based parent organization of IDEAL).
Interestingly, in previous year (2011-12) IDEAL received total foreign fund of Rs. 3,17,34,340.95(3.17 crore+) . The figure of donation received successive year(2012-13) was over Rs. 8 crore! This was a whopping 2.5 time big jump! Most of the funding agencies were same.
Interestingly Dalit Foundation, another NGO which has registered office in same building (Royal Chinmay) received Rs. 1,11,81,561.98 as foreign donation in 2012-13. Christian Aid, Misereor and ICCO Netherlands continued to be the major donors.
IDEAL’s and Dalit Foundation’s mother organization Jan Vikas(purpose for receiving donations: educational and social) which also functions from the same building received foreign fund of Rs. 2,87,19,334.05 in same year.
It means in one single year, Rs. 12,06,94,713.6 foreign fund was sent to one building in Ahmedabad. Of this over Rs. 6 crore (more than half of total) arrived from America itself!
The question is, what are America’s interests for sending Rs. 6 crore plus donation in a single year to one building in Ahmedabad? Why American government’s money was flowing to this building? 12 crore is sum that most Indians don’t earn during their life-time! Why foreign nations sent such a huge sum to India? More important question is that where did the money go? How they spent the money? The websites of respective organization don’t mention details of their spendings! Yes we watched Gagan Sethi, a key person associated with these NGOs on national news channels expressing his opinion against Mr. Narendra Modi and BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. But money his NGO received were not for this purpose, at least on paper!
I must point out a Wikileaks document in which American envoy in year 2008 noted: Gagan Sethi of “Janvikas” who assisted in the Bano case, informed us, “I have overstayed my welcome at all my Mumbai relatives’ houses. Your city is very expensive. My small NGO simply does not have the wherewithal to see another case through.”
Now that was year 2008.
Looking at the accounts of Jan Vikas and associated NGOs in recent years, it’s very clear that Sethi was not only heard, but responded well by Amrika Bahadur.
Although Indonesia is a Muslim majority country, it has a long Hindu history. Indonesian president is Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (the name is derived Samskrutam). Jakarta is the capital city of 10 million. Just driving around Jakarta’s streets is an education in the Mahabharatam. The national language, ‘Bahasa’, has lots of Sanskrit-derived vocabulary, the word “Bahasa” itself is one. Often people discuss ‘Chinta’ – chinta means love rather than anxiety.
16-foot statue of goddess Saraswati in Washington DC.
It was recently gifted by Indonesia to the U.S. government.
Some interesting points:-
ü In Indonesia, on the night before Eid, families sit together and read through short stories from Ramayanam.
ü Vinyaka is a standard insignia for Engineering students.
ü Mechanical & Electrical engineering departments has separate insignias, but Vinayaka is common for both
ü The National Airlines is Gauruda
ü A Muslim’s mechanic shop is named as Rama Repairs.
ü Muslim banker is named Wisnu (Vishnu)
ü A nationwide charitable foundation for twins is called the Nakula and Sadewa Society.
ü Support group for Indonesian women in mixed marriages named Srikandi (Shikhandi)
ü A popular energy drink is called Kuku Bima, which promises Bhima-like endurance
ü A kinetic statue of Arjuna being driven by Krishna to battle on a chariot led by eight horses can be seen near the National monument, Monas.
ü Gatot Subroto, named after a much-feted army general. Gatot is actually a diminutive for Ghatotkacha, Bhima’s fearsome half-demon warrior son
ü People here pepper their conversations with words like Karena (KaaRaNa meaning because)
Manushya (humanity) and Bumiputra (son of the soil). The national museum’s nickname is ‘museum gajah’ after the statue of an elephant on the front lawn