Then there is PSO Association which was founded in 1985, to facilitate the posting abroad of professionals in the context of development cooperation. The name refers to this main activity: Personnel Cooperation in Developing Countries (Personele Samenwerking in Ontwikkelingslanden). PSO is directly funded by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affiairs.
PSO which is an association that consists of sixty Dutch development organisations including Hivos and which receives 27 million Euros annually for its activities from the Netherlands government is a funding partner of PRIA, who in turn is also a Ford Foundation partner. Another PSO partner- Soliaridad also funds PRIA. , PRIA funds Kejriwal’s Kabir, which is a Ford Foundation recipient. Thus, the whole nexus of Dutch NGO, Ford foundation, Dutch government, Kejariwal and recent attempt of creating a Tahrir-like condition in India lies unraveled. Now PSO is winding up after so many complaints from many countries for their intrusive activities. PSO’s General Assembly has decided in 2011 to liquidate the Association as of 1st January,2013.
The Dutch development NGO Hivos has collaborated with International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague , also part of Erasmus University, Rotterdamspecialized in “policy-oriented critical social science”; over the past five years on knowledge related to civic action and civil society building. The collaboration between an academic institute and a donor NGO is meant to study the Hivos’ mission in developing world. Dr Kees Biekart of ISS is coordinating the programme. Capacity development emanating from ISS addresses social movements . the social movement in Georgia under the caption of Rose Revolution is overseen by a South Asian , Dr Sunil Tankha .
PANOS South Asia is another organization registered in Netherlands with registration number 27355408. PANOS South Asia has now 7 offices in southAsia. The Dutch project gets Ford foundation grants and “media in South Asia” is their primary area of focus. So, the activities of the FF-Dutch funded organizations and individuals will be highlighted by the complicit journalists in media.
It is known that in India, a CBI case was registered against tehelka.com
and officials of Home Ministry for unraveling the nexus of CIA activities through Dutch NGOs in the year 2000 itself. The case under the stringent Official Secrets Act is still under trial while the Indian government let the Dutch NGOs and the FF to have complete control over civil society in the intervening period. The official, Neeraj Kumar, who is credited with bringing the attention of the government towards this nexus and the manner in which Dutch NGOs were funnelling foreign government money to Indian organization for ulterior motive, was kept under suspension for more then 6 years and hounded by the agencies. The documents reveal that the government of India was convinced way back in 1999 that “with the end of Cold War, the CIA has intensified using Dutch sources for supporting secessionist and subversive activities in India. And that there is “ covert strategic alliance between US and Dutch agencies”.
But, how did the government allow Dutch Embassy to fund Arvind Kejariwal directly , reveals chinks within the armor or the penetration of Indian agencies by the CIA. Rabinder Singh(former Joint Secretary in RAW) episode is still fresh in our mind when the US Embassy provided the RAW mole an American passport in an undiplomatic and brazen way.
Netherlands Dutchy engagement with India
Western powers have made umpteen efforts to not let Asian countries reap the benefit of higher technology. The US had been smart enough to engage in ‘policy of congagement” vis-à-vis emerging powers. They engage with the emerging power like the hub and the spoke and on the other hand engage in policy of off-shore balancing at different level. The emerging powers have to be contained by the second most powerful regional actor. While at the trans-regional level, it maintains a balance of power among various regional powers by excluding itself so that it remain the arbitrator of the global order. The weak NATO states have always been the carrier of the containment strategy in the name of human rights or insufficient democracy and now the hoax of technology threat. One must remember how it was the Americans and the Dutch who connived to let Khan steal nuclear secrets from URENCO . The Dutch internal agency, BVD and the Americans wanted to help Pakistan to build nuclear weapon as they wantedPakistan to be a regional balancer against India during Cold war.
The American –Scandinavian-Dutch connection to derail India’s nuclear programme as is happening in the Koodankulam protest and significantly pointed out by the Prime Minister himself, and to help build a nuclear counter weight against India has a long history.
Earlier also, the siphoning of fund from the Churches to the militant groups in the North east India surfaced in the year 1999 when the Ministry of Home Affairs held a meeting with various intelligence agencies and different Ministries to ascertain the level of covert support that may be coming to these insurgent organizations through Dutch NGOs. It was observed in the meeting that USA may be promoting non-American NGOs to camouflage its own interests. Dutch missionaries were found active in Tripura without having any permission from the Indian government. A Dutch NGO, NCIP(Netherlands Council on Indigenous People) was found providing ample support to various outfits like ULFA, NSCN(IM) on international fora. Since, most Dutch NGOs were found directly funded by their government, so it was possible that the funds that trickle down to the militant outfits have their source in the western government.
That time, the IB tried to scuttle down the government move by claiming that IB did not have any specific report or indication of Dutch NGOs or individual involved in activities which could be against India’s national interest. One of the close Indian associates of NCIP/NCIV, Ms Maria Mangte who used to frequent across Netherlands, Thailand, North East India and Burma left India and obtained a Dutch passport when the matter of Dutch support to insurgent groups was entrusted to the federal investigative agency.
With the lethargy taking hold, the programme of external powers to sponsor anti- Indian movements through the church and the NGOs continued unabated. The diffidence of insurgent groups within India grew manifold. When on 17.7.2002, in a reply to the starred question in the Parliament, Late Digvijay Singh,the then Minister of State for external affairs gave a written reply namingNetherlands as one of the country where terrorists have based their activities besides Pakistan; all hell let loose.(Lok Sabha Starred Qustion No. 46, 17.7.2002). NSCN(IM), the most formidable insurgent outfit in the North East India attacked the Indian Minister for targeting Netherlands. The Minister retorted by taking a potshot that when the name of Netherlands was listed, why should it pinch the NSCN(IM). NSCN(IM), in fact, displayed its affiliation openly by turning into mouth piece for Netherlands. There are known reasons for holding Naga Peace talks either in Amsterdam or in Bangkok.
The US is pursuing a policy to engage with the emerging power like the hub and the spoke and on the other hand to direct a policy of off-shore balancing at different level. Just as the arrangement of spokes in relationship with the hub in a wheel, the US maintains bilateral ties with each international players. When the same wheel is employed in carrying the wagon of global order, it follows the tricycle pattern. The front wheel that carries the whole cart is the leader and can also move alone. The other wheels are arranged in pairs, balancing each other for smooth movement of the cart. The US maintains that whenever the need arises, it can leave the cart stranded and move alone. It is what it did while attacking Iraq in 2002. The emerging powers have to be contained and balanced by the second most powerful regional actor. One can see the
pattern in the games that it play vis-à-vis India and Pakistan; Russia and Ukraine;China and India; China and Japan; Turkey and Iran. While at the trans-regional level, it maintains a balance of power among various regional powers by excluding itself so that it remains the arbitrator of the global order. The weak NATO states from Northern Europe like Norway, Sweden, Denmark & Netherlandshave always been the carrier of the containment strategy in the name of human rights or insufficient democracy and now the hoax of threat from technology to ecology.
One must be reminded how it was the Americans and the Dutch who connived to let Khan steal nuclear secrets. Khan was hired by the Physical dynamic laboratory, FDO, in Amsterdam during early 1970s. FDO, Amsterdamrecommended Khan to work in URENCO, site at Almeto in Netherlands from where Khan began pulling nuclear secrets for Pak-N-bomb programme. The Dutch intelligence agency, BVD(Binenlandise Veiligheidsdienst) ran a background check on Khan but neglected to find out that his wife was not Dutch, but a South Afrikaner who carried a British passport. It is learnt that CIA shielded Khan from arrests in Europe in 1975 & 1986. Khan was sentenced in absentia by a proactive Dutch court for four year imprisonment for stealing enrichment technology from Netherlands in 1983. Later, the conviction was turned down on technical ground and the fact that under the American pressure, the Dutch government did not want to take any action against Khan. When the scandal came to light, there was lot of hue and cry in Europe. But, it was only after the 9/11 when the western nations realized the growing radicalization ofPakistan and the fear of nuclear-armed jihadis gripped them. Fresh investigation was carried out both within nation and at international level on the nuclear trafficking. AQ Khan was granted immunity from prosecution by Pak government after his televised confession on illicit nuclear dealings in February,2004. Soon the AQ Khan case file was stolen from the Dutch court, and it caused uproar in 2005. Judge Anita Lesser told media that “I find bewildering that people lose files with a political goal, especially if it is on the request of the CIA.”
Almost at same time, a former Dutch premier Dr Ruud Lubbers in an interview to a Dutch radio, VPRO Argos Radio on August 9, 2005, admitted that the Dutch internal agency, BVD and the Americans wanted to help Pakistan to build nuclear weapon as they wanted Pakistan to be a regional balancer against India during Cold war, since India was closely associated with the Soviet union.
The American –Scandinavian-Dutch connection to derail India’s nuclear programme and to help build a nuclear counter weight against India has a long history preceding Koodankulam.
The BVD spy Frits Hoekstra’s book, In Dienst van de BVD”(INSIDE BVD); written in 2004 disclosed how BVD undertook several operations internationally againstChina and communist movement. This book exposes the level of complicity of Dutch with American agencies to create disruption in third world. Leaked cables from the US embassies by the wikileaks last year also disclose the role of the Dutch organizations(particularly, SNV based in Hague and in collaboration with US for last forty years) in the then instability in Nepal on behest of the then Dutch Ambassador in India, Peter Koch.http://wikileaks.org/cable/2002/10/02KATHMANDU2045.html
The BVD is a unique intelligence agency since though it is the internal intelligence agency, it undertook oversea operation on behest of the CIA . The Dutch external agency, IDB was officially disbanded in 1994 and the BVD became further strengthened with formal and technical strengthening after the end of the Cold War through the WIV Act, 1992.
Since, the Dutch lid was taken off in India in 2000 when the Dutch role in aiding and abetting inimical forces within India was exposed by a website, tehelka.com,the baton passed to other neighboring Scandinavian countries likeSweden,Norway and Denmark for strategic deterrence and the Dutch focused on massive Georgia or Egypt –kind of conditions in India. This is meant to derailIndia’s peaceful rise. CIA in its assessment for 2025 has put India and China as the US competitor. For the US agencies, peaceful rise of both Asian giants has to be subverted at every cost.
Interestingly, the Indian government filed cases against the website under stringent law of Officials Secrets Act upon the request of the then Dutch Ambassador, Peter Koch. Neeraj Kumar, the young officials from the Home Ministry , who exposed the CIA-Dutch nexus and their activities, continue to face prosecution and vendetta.
Emboldened by the silencing of the voices, the Dutch , though stopped the funneling of money, turned into conduit for autonomy and anti-state ideas while NGOs and organizations from other Scandinavian countries involved more extensively with the funding of missionaries and Indian NGOs ready to toe their line which in turn stir up anti-Indian sentiments and agitations particularly in the territorial margins, in North, East and southern India .
William Van Schengel, a Dutch Professor of AmsterdamUniversity floated the idea of Zomia to describe the people of the adjoining hill-region in North-east India, China and Myanmar, Bangladesh Thailand in 2002.
The concept of Zomia is derived from zomi, a term for highlander among Chin-Mizo-Kuki languages spoken in Burma,India and Bangladesh. Very soon, it has become a geopolitical tool The idea of ‘zomia’ is circulating and being discussed after publication of prize-winning book by James C. Scott, “The Art of not being Governed:An Anarchist History of upland Southeast Asia(Yale University Press,2009). Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology atYale University. With the rise of India and China as the great Asian powers in this Asian century, the western think-tanks as well as strategists are worried and fabricating every possibility to weaken these core states of Asia. Since, by promoting Zomia as the stateless, ungoverned, romantic geographical as well as historical space, a powerful movement can be unleashed creating a shatter-belt across Eurasia that can make both India and China to engage against frontier-enemies with perceived trans-border support. This can derail any approaching accommodation between two Asian giants India and China and China-ASEAN nations.
Recently, two Dutch scholars visited Manipur under the aegis of the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands to fuel the Zomia narrative. Prof. Willem Van Schendel who coined the term,‘zomia’in 2002 asked the local historians to preserve contemporary history. The same was echoed by IISH Representative, Kathinka Sinha Kerkhoff. The IISH Representative had caused an uproar while organizing an International Conference on “Bihar in the world, the world in Bihar”(16-19 Dec.1997) with the objective that “when nation-state is disintegrating(India)”, it was imperative to establish Bihar in the global world. The programme was heavily funded by the European Science Foundation. The same historian worked on post-partition migrants in Bangladesh and India . The intentions to widen cleavages as a design to fuel discontent among migrants inSouth Asia is becoming apparent. Netherlands-based Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission looked after the migrant aspect in Bangladesh. Now a new organization, Global Human Rights Defence(GHRD) under chairmanship of Sraddhanand Sital has been created inHague, Netherlands to protect minorities
Soon after the visit of these two Dutch thinkers on deconstructing India’s territoriality,a symposium titled “11 Year Hunger Strike: Irony In The World’s Largest Democracy”
was held on the 21st of February, 2012, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA. The event was jointly organized by The Carr Center For Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, the Harvard India Caucus, and the Kashmir Initiative at the Carr Center. It is generally Kashmir issue which was being raked up in the academic centers of strategy within the US. It was for the first time that Manipur issue saw such a response. Few days , before this event, the New York Times published an op-ed piece titled, “The Undiscovered Country” on 15 Feb 2012 by Frank Jacobs.http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/the-undiscovered-country/
The author gave a thumbs up to Schendel for proposing Zomia, as a transnational area that is marginal to all the states that nominally control it. He further writes, few things unite Zomia , except its diversity — religious, ethnic, cultural, linguistic —born of Zomia’s geographical character, dominated by the inaccessible Himalayan highlands and Tibetan plateau. Zomia is a sanctuary, a refuge for isolated, unassimilated communities.
To give a shape to the concept of Zomia, another Dutch NGO Kreddha launched a program in 2005 to undertake systematic research with the aim to have available practical and current information on a growing number of autonomy and self-government arrangements in different parts of the world. Kreddha’s research and analysis department laid the foundations for the task and started researching autonomies in the Asia-Pacific region. Kreddha claims that their information is available to parties, facilitators and practitioners involved in other intrastate peace processes. Thus, Kreddha’s aim and objective have been to deepen autonomy and self-government arrangements, in particularly Zomia as evident from their further activities. Its executive President Michael van walt van Praag, a Dutch citizen sought a formal role in the Naga peace talk in March,2007. Armed with the Dutch machinations in past, the Government of India tersely refused the demand. But, the recent moves suggest that there is more to come in coming days.
The Dutch have diversified their anti-India activities from North east to southIndia, Gujarat to Bihar and also created an alliance of NGOs toeing the American agenda and disrupting the centre from the metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune.
Is Ford Foundation, CIA’s conduit in Developing world?
The Ford Foundation was created in 1936 . Henry Ford, himself was anti-Semite who admired Adolph Hitler and helped finance his rise to power.
The CIA-Ford Foundation collaboration began in 1953, when John McCloy, became the Director of the Ford Foundation. McCloy’s earlier served as chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, Westinghouse, AT&T, Allied Chemical and United Fruit Company. Thus, Ford Foundation’s complicity with corporate cartel is manifest from very belonging publicly advocated for the Ford Foundation to cooperate with the CIA. McCloy also chaired a three man committee that had to be consulted every time the CIA wanted to use the Foundation as a pass-through.
Ford Foundation archives have been studied by scholars that reveal series of joint Foundation-CIA projects. The most prominent of these CIA fronts are the Eastern European Fund, the Congress for Cultural Freedom, and International Rescue Committee .The Ford Foundation has also been the primary funding agency of the Council on Foreign Relations that published the influential journal, Foreign Affairs, and the Trilateral Commission.
I am publishing one of the documents of CIA which shows how CIA loaned officials to Ford foundation. even there was lot of deliberation over officials of CIA who retired from service and their pension has to be fixed while they worked full time in Ford foundation. the loaning of CIA men and women to ford foundation was meant to be mutually beneficial to both parties as per this communication at the highest level.
Petras summed up how the ties between the top officials of the FF and the U.S.government are explicit and continuing and that the Ford Foundation has never funded any major project that contravenes U.S. policy. He succinctly summarizes :
“Current period of a major U.S. military-political offensive, Washington has posed the issue as “terrorism or democracy,” just as during the Cold War it posed the question as “Communism or Democracy.” In both instances the Empire recruited and funded “front organizations, intellectuals and journalists to attack its anti-imperialist adversaries and neutralize its democratic critics. The Ford Foundation is well situated to replay its role as collaborator to cover for the New Cultural Cold War.”
Frances Stonor Saunders, in his book Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the Cultural Cold War
, Granta Books, 1999) Saunders reveal that “from the early 1950s to the present the CIA’s intrusion into the foundation field was and is huge. A U.S. Congressional investigation in 1976 revealed that nearly 50% of the 700 grants in the field of international activities by the principal foundations were funded by the CIA” ( pp. 134-135). The CIA considers foundations such as Ford “The best and most plausible kind of funding cover” (Ibid, p. 135). The collaboration of respectable and prestigious foundations, according to one former CIA operative, allowed the Agency to fund “a seemingly limitless range of covert action programs affecting youth groups, labor unions, universities, publishing houses and other private institutions” (p. 135).
The Ford Foundation’s New Delhi office, “was the Foundation’s first program outside the United States, and the New Delhi office remains the largest of its field office operations”. Delhi office also covers Nepal and Sri Lanka. James Petras Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York and a world-renowned author on globalization and US hegemony wrote a masterly piece in Dece,ber, 2001, “ the Ford foundation and the CIA: A documented case of philanthropic collaboration with the Secret Police”(15 December,2001) detailing the modus operandi.
Herein is a declassified document from CIA that exposes how Ford Foundation in Delhi worked for CIA for an eye on Asia and their mutual meeting ground even at that time was Hague in the Netherlands.
Ford Funding in India-2007-2010
It is interesting to draw the whole network of IAC partner NGOs. CSDS, Centre for Developing Societies have come out in full support of AK. CSDS itself is a large recipient of both Ford foundation fund as well as Dutch scholarship under the aegis of IDPAD(Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternative Development). Individual scholars receive IDPAD scholarships while the institution receives the Ford grant. Some of the visible public faces from CSDS who lend their support to Kejariwal are Yogendra Yadav, Abhay Kumar Dubey. There is Professor Anand Kumar from JNU, again a Ford Fellow(1985-86) as the new mouthpiece of AK. It has been revealed by Tata Social welfare Trust(TSWT) that “it had received recommendation from Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy for assisting Kejriwal to raise awareness about the Right to Information Act (RTI) in October 2008, adding it “agreed to release Rs. 25 lakh per year from 2009, for a period of 5 years, to help the foundation institute the (National RTI) awards”.http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/No-money-given-to-Kejriwal-for-political-activities-Tata-Trust/Article1-955273.aspx
NR Narayana Murthy is one of the Trustee of the Board of Ford Foundation.
.It is also well known that Murthy savors dream of becoming President of India and many mouthpieces did pit his name this time too.No surprise, Infosys man V. Balakrishnana has joined AAP now and another Infosys man, Nandan Nilekani who heads the UIDAI programme is suspected to have compromised the phone data of Delhi electorate gathered during unconstitutional and non-statutory exercise of making Aadhar card, for benefiting the AAP campaign in Delhi.
Former Admiral L. Ramdas (1990-1993) was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding 2004 for “reaching across a hostile border to nurture a citizen-based consensus for peace between Pakistanand India”.. Now he is chairing organization of Indo-Pak relationships, Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace & Democracy. He also leads the bandwagon of those who opposes India’s nuclear programme. On 16 November Arvind Kejriwal filed his nomination from the New Delhi Assembly constituency accompanied by his father Gobind Ram Kejriwal, mother Gita Devi and former Naval chief Admiral L. Ramdas. Again, while seeking people’s trumped up support for forming the government, Kejariwal was accompanied by Admiral Ramdas. Current Representative of Ford Foundation, Delhi office is Kavita N. Ramdas. She is the eldest daughter of Admiral L. Ramdas, also a Magsaysay awardee like Kejariwal. Kavita Ramdas is married to Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmad from Pakistan who worked as South Asia program officer for Berkeley’s Nautilus Institute. No surprise if AAP leaders have started talking of referendum and plebiscite inJammu & Kashmir. The hands are soaked in dollar and criminality.AAP formation has been made directly under the patronage of ord Foundation through Ramdasses-.
How active FF has been in South Asia in recent years can be gleaned from the fact that Dr Gowher Rizvi , the former representative of Ford Foundation’s Delhioffice is now the Adviser of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister on international affairs.This is how Ford Foundation is directly monitoring South Asian politics on behest of the Big Butcher of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq.
Thus, PRIA-ADR-Kabir-India Vision Foundation- Anahad…ad infinitum are like intricate web weaved by the FF-Dutch warp and woof to create a situation thatIndia’s peaceful rise is disturbed. They might be intending that with the popular protests fizzling out over the issue of corruption; anti-imperial, anti-American protests would fail to garner steam at a time when the US has launched return toAsia strategy in the year 2010.
Arvind Kejariwal is a small cog in this gigantic American intricate machine that has started rolling again in Asia to reassert imperial control through machinations. Kejariwal must be made to respond and come out clean as to his financiers-overt as well as covert- and their game plan.AK was propped up at a time when the issue of black money stashed away abroad was gaining upper edge in public discourse.It is through the Offshore financial centres that the globalization of finance operates and the hegemony of the US and its lackeys is perpetuated. By effectively downsizing BJP and Ramdev’s campaign to bring back Indian money from OFCs, AK won accolades in the US administration. Moreover the US wants to stop Modi’s rise since the equations have not been good with Modi. On the other hand, Modi has been held in high esteem in Chinaand China has welcomed Modi four times and listened to him at the highest level. Modi has advised China to decouple from Pakistan to have a working relationship with India.If Modi comes to power, India and China will develop good neigbourly relationship and the US plan since 2009 to build Asian NATO with India as the linchpin of Asian Pivot, will crumble. US hegemony is Asia will end. For, US to remain a hegemon, rise of Modi to power has to be stopped. This is ow all Ford Funded persons and ford-connected Infosys persons have suddenly become active to give credence to AAP as a new party that can fan across those states in India where Congress and BJP are in direct fight like Goa, M.P. Gujarat, Rajasthan so that the tripolar contest can cut some of the BJP seats and even though NDA comes to power, the allies effectively cut down chance of Modi from becoming the leader of the country.
UPA government is giving AK a free ride with expectation that in the next election, he and his network of US-Dutch funded Indian NGOs may tilt discourse of anti-incumbency. Their mission is to make the BJP , an opposition party get painted with the same brush as the Congress and the UPA. If the new party of AK could slice even 4-5 % of anti-incumbency vote, the swing from Congress to BJP can be thwarted and that might allow the Congress to retain power in some new permutation and combination.During 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Congress received 28.7% vote while BJP received 18.82%. The Congress had gained only 0.5% more than its vote in the year 1999, but it gained 91 more Lok Sabha seats in comparison with 1999. Even if the AK and his team duly funded with foreign money and supported by the Congress-led government and the agencies, receive 5% vote in the urban centres, it can affect the BJP’s winnability which has support base more in urban centres. Political and electoral analysts like Yogendar Yadav would plan such a fortune for the Congress. Kejariwal himself is a scam and he needs to be packed up. Its the end of manufactured drama.