Historian Ramachandra Guha and industrialist Nandan Nilekani are running an NGO (Non-Government Organization) called The New India Foundation for the past 12 years and the major work of this Bangalore based firm is to provide funding for mainly journalists who desire to publish books. A sum of Rs.12 lakhs ($) will be paid in 12 instalments for a book writing project.
The pattern of allotment of funds shows that the books or writers with Left-Liberal views, the pet idea of the major trustee Ramachandra Guha are funded by this Foundation. So who have been funded thus far?
Journalists such as Akshaya Mukul who produced Hindu-bashing book called Gita Press and The Making of Hindu India, Ajay Shukla on Chinese border conflicts, Rahul Pandita on Kashmir conflicts, former Tehelka reporter Nishita Jha on violence against women etc are blessed with the Rs. 12 lakh grants. The detailed list of fellowships allotted are available at the NGO’s website.
Apart from funding book publishing, this NGO also conducts annual seminars. The pattern of speakers and the subjects are usually the pro-Congress activities and covert campaign of Congress agendas, cleverly padded with Left-Liberal views.
The question is what is the agenda of this NGO? Is it for running a pro-Congress, Liberal and Left agenda with hate-Hindu philosophies? Clearly the money comes from Nilekani’s side and Guha is the face of the organization. To be fair, there is a work commissioned on Rajaji and Sheikh Abdullah which one can argue as being broad based.
While one might argue that it is the prerogative of the NGO to decide who or what to fund, it is not fair for the journalists who, having written with a slant, still claim themselves as being independent. Taking a stance as such as Left or Left of Center or Center is fine but don’t camouflage it as being “independent”.
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