Is the IB drawing "inspiration" from a book on NGOs? Read about one more case of plagiarism from the book
Anisha Sheth | The News Minute | June 13, 2014 | 5.25 pm IST Today, the Indian Express published a story on how a portion of IB report on NGOs sought inspiration from a book named NGOs, Activists & Foreign Funds: Anti-Nation Industry edited by Radha Rajan and Krishen Kak. When The News Minute decided to check the IB report dated June 3, 2014 on “The concerted effort by select foreign funded NGOs to “take down” Indian developmental projects” names seven protest movements as significant “anti-developmental activities”, we found at least one more instance of “inspiration”, as Bollywood likes to call it, from the book on NGOs. In Rajan and Kak’s book, a paragraph on page 70 reads: “The NGOs are the central players, involved in setting the agenda, drafting documents, writing in the media, parading as scholars turned activists and lobbying diplomats and governments. The various efforts of these new NGO activities are characterised by the terms ‘participation’, ‘empowerment’, ‘people-centered’, ‘sustainable development’ and ‘consensus’.” (In the book, the two sentences appear as separate bullet points) Now read what the IB’s report says in Paragraph 5 on Page 2: “These NGOs are central players in setting the agenda, drafting documents, writing in the media, highlighting scholars turned activists and lobbying diplomats and governments. The various efforts of these NGO activities are characterised by declarations favouring ‘participation, empowerment, people-centric orientation and sustainable development through consensus.” In a country with 20 lakh-odd NGOs, it must be a co-incidence that the book and the IB report mention several NGOs in common. The report was commissioned by the previous government, and was submitted to the incumbent government on June 3. The first instance of plagiarism that the Indian Express reported, was a portion of Narendra Modi's speech made at the release of the book mentioned above. Read The News Minute coverage about the full contents of the IB report here and an analysis of it here.