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But in what context are these 'developmental' activities taking place? In the basic context of enormous, conscious suppression of development. Under the guidance of the IMF and World Bank, successive Indian governments slashed their expenditure on rural development including expenditure on agriculture, rural development, special areas programme, irrigation and flood control, village industry, energy and transport; the figures are for Centre and states combined from Were expenditure by Centre and states on rural development to have remained at the same percentage of GDP as init would not have been Rscrore inbut Rscrore, or more than two and a half times the actual amount.
In comparison with this giant spending gap, the sums being spent by NGOs in India are trivial. But, by their presence, the notion is conveyed all round that private organisations are stepping in to fill the gap left by the State.
This is doubly useful to the rulers. The political propaganda of 'privatisation' is bolstered; and, as said before, people are unable to demand anything as their right.
In effect, NGO activities help the State to whittle down even the existing meagre social claims that people have on the social product. The greater the devastation wreaked by the policy, the greater the proliferation of NGOs sponsored to help the victims. Indeed, before the US prepares to invade a country, it funds and prepares leading NGOs to provide 'relief' after it has rained destruction. In the course of recruiting their manpower, the NGOs give employment and a small share of the cream to certain local persons.
These persons might be locally influential persons, whose influence and operations then benefit the NGO. Or they might be vocal and restive persons, potential opponents of the authorities, who are in effect bought over. In either case, NGO employment, although tiny in comparison with the levels of unemployment in third world countries, serves as a network of local political influence, stabilising the existing order.
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In the field of people's movements, 'activist' or 'advocacy' NGOs help to redirect struggles of the people for basic change from the path of confrontation to that of negotiation, preserving the existing political frame. NGOs bureaucratise people's movements.
Traditionally, people's movements are self-reliant: These representatives, to one extent or another, thus have to be accountable to the people.
By contrast, NGO-led movements, while claiming to represent the people, are led by officers of the NGOs, who are paid by funding agencies to carry on activity. Naturally, they are not accountable to the people, nor can they be removed by them; so they are also free to act without regard for people's opinions. On the other hand, NGOs are accountable to their funders, and cannot afford to stray beyond certain bounds.
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Minus foreign and government funding, the entire NGO sector in India would collapse in a day. Indeed, as NGOs proliferate and spread their wings, setting up funded adivasi organisations, dalit organisations, women's organisations, 'human rights' organisations, cultural organisations, and organisations of unorganised labour, it is often NGOs that are the first to respond to any political or social issue — including 'globalisation' and its harmful effects.
Political life itself is increasingly NGOised, that is, bureaucratised and alienated from popular presence and representation. Ideological underpinnings The foreign-funded NGO sector has, with remarkable uniformity, propagated certain political concepts. The first such, as we have mentioned in the case of Ford Foundation's projects see Appendix Iis the primacy of 'identity' — gender, ethnicity, caste, nationality — over class.
The ideological underpinnings, such as they are, of this trend are provided by what has come to be known as 'post-modernism. Not its own strength as a school of thought, but the rich stream of funds and academic positions flowing to it, has ensured post-modernists institutional dominance — an echo of what Ford Foundation did in the s.
Although 'post-modernism' is not really systematic thought, and so is difficult to pin down and refute, the following is an important strand of it, and the one that is relevant for the topic we are discussing here. This strand argues against any worldview which attempts however approximately or tentatively to comprehend all of reality in an integrated fashion. The post-modernists argue that such a worldview imposes its project on other realities.
Instead, this strand posits that there are any number of realities, equally valid, and that the very tools of analysis for these realities differ. Class analysis and post-modernism produce sharply contrasting analyses of social phenomena, which have sharply differing implications for the practice of social movements.
Class analysis argues that, for example, the vast majority of women have an objective, material basis to join their movement with those of other sections including dalits, adivasis, workers, and so on in a struggle against the existing social order; that women's liberation is tied up with though a distinct sphere of such a broader struggle; that male chauvinist attitudes of, say, male workers are against all workers' own long-term interest; and that such attitudes have to be fought by making ruling class influences the target, not ordinary workers as such.
Post-modernism, however, considers such a view "reductionist" the term used in the World Social Forum Charter. Rather, post-modernism places all struggles on par, with class as just another social category jostling with gender, ethnicity, nationality, and so on for attention. The post-modernist approach implies that members of the same coalition might be pitted against each other in some other respect — for example, male workers and women might join hands in a particular cause, but remain antagonists on gender issues.
This in turn implies that no clear line can be drawn between the "camp of the people" and the camp of those who are responsible for exploitation and oppression of people. Both camps are open to all. When male workers, who in post-modernist eyes are the target of struggle by women, can be part of the World Social Forum in which women's organisations too participate, nothing need prevent industrialists from joining the Forum along with workers.
Nothing, for that matter, prevents a UN delegation attending the Forum, or a prominent member of the Forum dashing off to attend the World Economic Forum as well.
All of them — the workers and the capitalists, the protester and the World Bank functionary — are part of what the post-modernists call 'civil society'. Thus the April Bhopal declaration of WSF India clarifies that the WSF "must make space" not only "for workers, peasants, indigenous peoples, dalits, women, hawkers, minorities, immigrants, students, academicians, artisans, artists and other members of the creative world, professionals", but also for "the media, and for local businessmen and industrialists, as well as for parliamentarians, sympathetic bureaucrats and other concerned sections from within and outside the state".@ Home in Tamil Nadu - Global Investors Meet 2015
The word "state" is used here in the sense of the organ of established political authority. The aim of class analysis is to strive for a social system worldwide which eliminates all exploitation and oppression.
Whatever the specific and tortuous path the different contingents of humanity may have to traverse in different countries to get there, it is a common project of the people of the world. Post-modernism rejects such an approach. This is apart from the Rs. But if anyone seemed to be acutely aware of the futility of claiming success on the basis of the MoUs signed, it was one of the well-wishers of the UDF government, Jairam Ramesh, economic adviser to the State party leadership.
He did some plainspeaking at the valedictory session of the conference, reminding the Chief Minister that the "country was a graveyard of MoUs" and that although similar events organised by Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan governments had produced MoUs, only a few of them materialised. He said that the "success" of the meet would depend upon the follow-up action taken by the State government, and its ability to sustain the political and bureaucratic cohesion and excitement that were on display at the GIM venue.
Significantly, Jairam Ramesh and Union Minister for Disinvestment Arun Shourie counselled Antony to "wear an earplug" and go ahead on the path of privatisation and neo-liberal policies. The State government has an apologetic rationale for organising the GIM as it had for seeking financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank ADB under conditionalities that had been widely criticised as being "anti-poor and serving the interests of the local elite and transnational players at the cost of local labour, capacity, resources and industry" Frontline, December 20, It has no money.
Government revenue is not enough even to meet its own expenditure or pay the salaries of government employees. The government can no longer be a big employment agency.
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It will be a disservice to the people if the government continues to cling to the old and resist change. Kerala has no other go but to seek private investment like the other States in India.
Until now Kerala has failed to find itself a place in the list of investment destinations in south India, which are attractive to domestic or foreign private capital. This situation has to change.
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The government has to become a catalyst that encourages private capital, to prevent Kerala from continuing to be the State with the largest number of educated unemployed in India. It was preceded by months of publicity blitz in India and abroad.
In fact, its organisers termed it a "landmark in Kerala's history", an event which set a new agenda for the State, an "agenda for an Investment-Employment driven economy".
Not surprisingly, several investors at the meet spoke appreciatively of the contrast the new agenda offered to the one that characterised Kerala economy until now: But, perhaps, the real significance of the GIM lies in the fact that it underlined once again the need for "genuine" political consensus in Kerala on development issues - not the kind of consensus that Antony and his Cabinet colleagues proclaimed for the consumption of the "global investors" at the meet, but the kind that took into consideration the concerns of all sections of society, especially the underprivileged.
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He has been in the industry since and in the venture investment advisory since As Manager-Marketing he played a key role in conceptualizing and launching new service offerings for the Aerospace vertical, which is one of the largest offshore Aerospace practices out of India. Earlier in his career, Ranjith has served as a stress test engineer at Infotech Enterprises and also gained shop floor experience at Bharat Earth Movers Limited, India's largest earth moving equipment manufacturers.
He has been an early-stage venture investor in India since Prior to co-founding Inventus, Samir led the India venture investing team for Acer Technology Ventures, where he made early-stage investments in the technology space.
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