For a very long time, foreign-funded NGOs have been subtly pushing their hate propaganda into the country. They oppose everything that the government does. Many development projects have fallen victim to this unhealthy activism. There is a laundry list of methods that the NGOs follow to obstruct development:
- NGOs resort to judicial activism and hinder development projects using technical roadblocks. One very important example of this is Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, which we were building in association with Russia. Too many technical loopholes were planted into that and the plant could be started after a lot of roadblocks. All this while, Tamil Nadu suffered for want of electricity.
- NGOs abuse the environment laws. Proactive and Biased Courts, such as the National Green Tribunal, are heavily in their favour and entertain these mala fide petitions; hearing them in length, constantly pulling the government’s leg. The Sardar Sarovar dam project was abandoned, but many activists, such as Medha Patkar achieved their celebrity status.
- NGOs misrepresent facts to the local people & raise land acquisition issues. Mamata Banerjee was one such activist. Ratan Tata lost a lot of valuable time and India’s dream of an affordable car was delayed. Didi ended up becoming the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Today, the border is more porous than ever. Rivers of blood flow in Malda, Kali Chak, etc. Opium is the #1 cash crop.
- NGOs misuse labour laws and creating fake human right issues when there are actually none. This obstructs the work of the industries and the government. There are numerous projects which were put into cold storage & never got started owing to the tremendous fake human rights issues created by the activists.
How NGOs Function
Most NGOs thrive on money sent from other countries who have vested interests against India’s development. Until very recently, they were given a free run. Abuse of laws was commonplace. Our judiciary shelter these NGOs handsomely.
The NGOs first go to villagers & innocent people. They create some insinuations about the “losses” that they would face. Once they have brainwashed enough people, they create a full flared hate campaign in the evening gatherings in villages in the name of “educating” them. Thereafter, they either plant or motivate some element of nuisance value to agitate the masses. Then, their old friend, the Media, especially channels like NDTV, give coverage to the issue. Finally, someone loses their life in the agitation or a huge “protest” is launched and a court case is filed.
Once the battle reaches the courts, the job is done. The Indian Judiciary, one of the slowest in the world, issues a stay order or a release a “status quo” order in the name of interim “relief”. Thereafter, the case takes several years & by the time the verdict is announced, the party has either relocated abroad or a place like Gujarat where such things are not entertained. If the respondent is the government, it goes ahead with the project, but its cost has increased several folds & the activist has succeeded in his/her intent – hinder development project.
These days, any development project faces tremendous opposition from these NGOs. No good project is spared, whether it is Industrial (Singur, Jaitapur, etc.), Cultural (World Cultural Fest, etc.) or Tourism (Sardar Sarovar, Shivaji Statue, etc.). They even try to hinder critical projects essential for the development of the country, such as irrigation (Polavaram), logistics (Sagarmala), electricity (Welspun Thermal), etc.
Until very recently, they were given a free run. There was a rampant flow of money. Judicial hindrance was commonplace. There was a rampant flow of money.
A few hours ago, I read that continuing the crackdown on the corrupt, Modi Sarkaar has cancelled the FCRA (Foreign Contributions Regulations Act) Licenses of some 20,000 NGOs out of some 33,000 which earlier had them. This is a welcome move.
Next week, I shall cover the other hidden angle, a more sinister one, behind the functioning of these NGOs.