- A New York University researcher Shimrit Lee visited Manish Sisodia’s NGO Kabir and prepared a report, Public Power: India and Other Democracies (2010). She assisted in Kabir’s campaign for the Right to Information and Local Self-Rule. She went on to work actively in Egypt. It is suspected that Lee had advised the people now heading the Aam Aadmi Party to launch a ‘Colour Revolution’ in India? Subsequently she went to Egypt and witnessed the Tahrir Square uprising. She might well have advised the AAP honchos in 2010 to launch public protests in India and propagate the idea of governance through mohalla and gram sabhas. The Union Home Ministry has no record of Kabir having sought its clearance to host a suspicious researcher who has been active in the Middle East, Chad in Africa, required as per law of the land
- Kabir 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. Click on the links below for complete articles
- Ford Foundation India Representative Steven Solnick admitted that Foundation’s last instalment to Kabir was in 2010. “Our first grant to the NGO was of $1,72,000 in 2005; the second was in 2008 of $1,97,000,” and that Magsaysay award for emergent Leadership was also funded by them.
- Lawyer Manohar Lal filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court — WP (C) 3412/2012 — on 21 May 2012. The High Court has sought status report within 3 months from the government of India vide their order dated 30 May 2012. Kabir was raided by the Union Home Ministry officials for a suspected violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) on 22 August 2012 after a court order. Following these developments, the government lawyer submitted to the court that the state could lay its hands only on minor billing discrepancies in Kabir’s account (as well as in the account of an NGO run by Kiran Bedi).
- Based on the government submission, and a fact that was revealed to me that Arvind Kejriwal’s NGO Public Cause Research Foundation did not have permission to receive foreign funds, I defended the AAP vehemently and challenged the allegation that the party was funded by Ford Foundation. Till then, I was not privy to the information that Kejriwal was associated not only with PCRF but also Kabir. In the past one month, however, the controversy surrounding Kabir resurfaced in newspapers with evidence of Sisodia misappropriating the foreign funds received by Kabir. The papers also revealed that Kejriwal is a part of Kabir, too.
- Kejriwal’s NGO network goes beyond PCRF and Kabir. He also heads Parivartan that claimed “is not registered under any Act as a society or a trust or a Company. It is a people’s movement. For Income Tax purposes, it is an Association of Persons”
However, it advertised through various mediums in June 2002 that “all donations made to Parivartan are tax exempt under section 80 G. Parivartan is also registered under section 12A of Income Tax Act.” This is misleading as its present document says, “Parivartan Foundation for Socio Economic Development filed for tax exemption to donors under Section 80G on 10th August, 2009. The permission was granted on 08th January, 2010 and was valid for all donations between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010. This has been further extended through an order dated 29th March, 2011 for all donations from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2013. Foundation also has clearance under Section 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961.”
- Does Kejriwal receive funds from the World Bank as well? The World Bank featured the insignificant work of Parivartan in their report, “Social Accountability Stocktaking Exercise for South and East Asia. Washington, DC: World Bank Institute. (2005) (p 30-32)
- Kejriwal was selected for the Ramon Magsaysay Award only after featuring in the World Bank report above. Narayana Murthy, the Infosys chief, is a Trustee of the Ford Foundation. He apparently advocated Kejriwal’s case for the award. In the AAP national convener’s biography as prepared by the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, the first reference has been made to the CIA (Central intelligence of America).
- Kejriwal represented Sampoorna Parivartan NGO. The secretary of the NGO worked in the Commission Advisory Committee of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission constituted vide the Notification No F1(135)/DERC/2000-01/5092 Delhi, the 27 March 2003
This implies that the responsibility of power rate hike and installation of faulty metres that the AAP has been crying foul about partly lies on people associated with this very political party! The website of both Parivartan and Kabir were withdrawn when they came under scrutiny in 2012. Even the Ford Foundation hid all the details about funding to Kabir when some blogs revealed their IAC/AAP connection in October 2012.
While there, don’t miss reading these Articles
- Kejriwal: India’s biggest scam | Canary Trap by RSN Singh
- The Reincarnation of Arvind Kejriwal by Mediacrooks (Click on Mediacrooks to reach his Twitter Account)
PS: As a result of the great work done by Sri Surajit Dasgupta, Founding Member of Aam Aadmi Party who has since quit the party (amongst many other founding members), the duplicity of Kejriwal (and his handlers abroad ) have been exposed. At the time of writing this blog, all the links quoted in support of averments have been validated and reachable. However I cannot Guarantee that it wouldn’t be taken down.