WikiLeaks India cables: Clinton campaigners’ link to Ford India Foundation exposed
Wikileaks has revealed that US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta was personally involved in the controversy regarding Ford Foundation’s role in funding NGOs in India.
Wikileaks cables revealed that Ford Foundation president Darren Walker had dispatched emails to Podesta in 2015, on new developments in India after Narendra Modi government put financial restrictions on foreign NGOs operating in India.
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The Modi administration monitored Ford Foundation for giving money to activist Teesta Setalvad in 2009.
Teesta Setalvad had nailed the Modi for his role in the Gujarat carnage, when he was chief minister, in the aftermath of the Godhra riots of 2002.
Wikileaks, has accessed a mail, which describes how the matter had appeared in Indian media and how the editorials in Indian newspapers responded to the crisis faced by Ford Foundation.
For instance, Under a section titled ‘Modi government’, an email sent by Walker mentioned that “a number of articles and op-eds [below] mention Ford Foundation or Teesta Setalvad in reference to the Indian government’s actions against NGOs during Modi’s first year in office”.
Walker also briefed Podesta on the reactions happening in county’s social media on Modi government’s crackdown on foreign funding.
“Social media activity remains light. Please find a sampling of newly posted tweets below which mention Ford Foundation and Greenpeace,” an email mentioned.
He tracked tweets by mainstream media publications, and journalists also (The Hindu‘s Jatin Anand’s tweets are tracked).
Seeks RBI for help, criticises Sunday Guardian newspaper for ‘negative reporting’
An e-mail sent from Walker to Podesta, on June 8, 2015, shows dismay that Ford Foundation “ had sent urgent notes to the Reserve Bank of India asking for assistance” for transferring funds to help the foundation to run even basic operations in the country, after the government crackdown began.
“I promised I’d give you an update on any developments in India,” said Walker in the mail.
“At this point this point, we’ve heard nothing further from the GoI. I sent urgent notes to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Reserve Bank of India last week asking for assistance in immediately releasing our bank accounts from their current status so we can transfer funds from NY for basic operations (mostly salary support, not grants),” the mail said.
He also mentioned a scathing criticism by Sunday Guardian on the Foundation’s work in India describing it as an “entity outside the law”.
“I’m attaching an article from the Guardian, which purports to be an independent newspaper, but is really the mouthpiece for the government and BJP. It’s rife with misrepresentations and erroneous information…not a very encouraging article. I appreciate your help,” said Walker in his mail.