It’s Official – US-Based Ford Foundation Funding Anna’s Movement

New Delhi: The recent hue and cry raised about the “foreign hand” in
 the Anna Hazare-led ‘mass’ movement seems to have got answers in reply
 to a query filed by BeyondHeadlines under the Right to Information
 (RTI) to Manish Sisodia’s brainchild Kabir. 
Kabir had revealed that it had received funding from various sources, including the controversial Michigan (United States)-based Ford Foundation.

 Social activists Kiran Bedi, Swami Agnivesh and Manish Sisodia
 addressing the media. (Photo Source: Jagran.com)

 It may be recalled that the Congress party has questioned US unusual
 and unexpected stand on the ongoing anti-graft movement in India. Also
 the Ford Foundation allegedly has links with the Central Intelligence
 Agency (CIA).

 In reply to an RTI query that questioned the funding and expenditure
 of Kabir, the organisation has disclosed that they have received funds
 from the Ford Foundation (Rs 86,61,742), PRIA (Rs 2,37,035), Manjunath
 Shanmugam Trust (Rs 3,70,000), Dutch Embassy (Rs 19,61,968),
 Association for India’s Development (Rs 15,00,000), India’s friends
 Association (Rs 7,86,500), United Nationals Development Programme
 (Rs12,52,742) while Rs 11,35,857 were collected from individual
 donations between 2007 to 2010.

 Interestingly, a major part of the funding to an organisation that is
 prominent in the “War against corruption” has come from abroad and
 mainly from the United States. Apar from the UNDP, Ford Foundation and
 the India Friends Association are US-based organisations, while PRIA
 and Association for India’s Development are headquartered in Asia.

 The funding of the anti-graft movement has gained prominence after the
 exhorbitant amounts being spent on campaigning for the movement in the
 form of bulk SMSs, t-shirts, caps, flags and the other means adopted
 by the civil society activists, demanding their own version of the
 Lokpal Bill.


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