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This note I prepared to answer one of my Face book friens who had confusions about NGO led development.....Dear Soumana, Thanks for comment…But I have some reservations on what you said. To my limited knowledge, I did not find any NGO in this country (may it   be a Government or Private run NGO) that really have concern to empower the targeted people/the common masses. In fact they (NGOs) helped the government institutions to save their ugly faces and thereby indirectly help the crisis ridden capitalism….

 .. I have been more an NGO man than a researcher or investigator or social/economic/political analyst..... I have seen NGO's performances with huge funding.....these performances are at the cost of their (low paid) workers… and not for their (NGO owner’s) sacrifices....I found none among the NGO owners or managers (who are creative people but they either could not be placed themselves properly in the state machinery or they, to fulfill their high aspirations or due to identity crisis,  sidetracked themselves from involvement in the government run actions  to get special recognition from the state and enjoy lavish life  influencing the funders and the government)  to  perform dedicating their services in the services of their targeted people... they consider their targeted people as beneficiaries...or service takers...and never try to develop their ideas based on which they could contribute something new to the society... instead of developing the beneficiaries (economically) the NGO owners, in course of time, manage to accumulate huge personal properties to lead their lives lavishly.....this is the case with almost all the NGOs in our country....moreover, most of the development models they develop with financial support from (foreign and national) funding agencies and corporate bodies (under CSR programmes) end ,with the winding up of the project....The funding agencies are also not free from biasness... they are invariably pro-capitalist or pro-multinationals... in the name of development , they use the NGO people to collect the opinions of the general masses and report to the multinational agencies, who (multinational agencies) with the help of another expert agencies analyze our mass mind to give it a fine tune to distract it from social movements and involve in thinking to serve the interests  of the multinationals-capitalist class....this is how NGOs have become instrumental to propagate moribund capitalism’s ideas of degraded individualism among its beneficiary masses... such NGO actions have impact on whole society....possibly this (NGO activism) is one of the  factors responsible for strengthening and protecting the exploitative Indian state machine in the one hand and spreading the ideas of degraded individualism among the masses (especially among the youths).      

I have seen NGOs intervening in a particular places focusing on a particular social or economic issue and documenting the good outcomes of such interventions and on the basis of that documentation, they (funding NGOs or their master mind experts) do advocacy and lobbying with the government people (sometimes perform one to one interaction to influence the persons heading the government departments by offering lucrative packages) to take actions for policy change. Once they (NGOs) could change the policy on the particular issue of their interventions then the funders could earn million times more incomes than what they spent in one or two time-bound intervention project/s in the name of developing models for development to serve the interests of the downtrodden sections of our populations….

The government runs NGOs interventions in the health, education, rural development, etc sectors   are also not free form such limitations…. Their (Government run NGOs) main objective has been to lubricate the state machinery that has gradually been defunct and corrupted…such NGOs help/support the state machinery to activate and show newer directions for protecting the interests of the ruling class by befooling the common masses. SSA is a glaring example for this… It has helped the educational administrators in tightening their grip over the school teachers involving them in government activities even in constructing school buildings as contractors…similar is the case with NRHM, State level Livelihood Missions, and so on…Some of these foreign funding NGOs (DFID, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, Oxfam, Care, Action Aid, etc) have started their direct activities either in the fields or  in government departments (establishing well furnished offices therein) through the several issue-based programmes they support. They have been occupying government offices to run their activities…

Some vivid outcomes of Indian economy during post liberalization period can be witnessed  in the form of opening up of malls and development of mall culture, handing over of the power of control over fixing the oil prices to the oil companies ..,,,,,, cut in subsidy of fertilizers….government programmes for large scale displacement  of the masses to hand over land and natural resources to the multinationals and capitalist classes, state of constant inflation to make the Indian market at par with USA (in value terms)…. decrease in the value of money in terms of dollar (currency of a dying economy), etc… In short (other than destabilizing our masses) these are  a few  inevitable fallouts of our NGO’s interventions….

Dear Soumana, Thanks for comment…But I have some reservations on what you said. To my limited knowledge, I did not find any NGO in this country (may it   be a Government or Private run NGO) that really have concern to empower the targeted people/the common masses. In fact they (NGOs) helped the government institutions to save their ugly faces and thereby indirectly help the crisis ridden capitalism….

 .. I have been more an NGO man than a researcher or investigator or social/economic/political analyst..... I have seen NGO's performances with huge funding.....these performances are at the cost of their (low paid) workers… and not for their (NGO owner’s) sacrifices....I found none among the NGO owners or managers (who are creative people but they either could not  placed themselves properly in the state machinery or they, to fulfill their high aspirations or due to identity crisis,  sidetracked themselves from involvement in the government run actions  to get special recognition from the state and enjoy lavish life  influencing the funders and the government)  to  perform dedicating their services in the services of their targeted people... they consider their targeted people as beneficiaries...or service takers...and never try to develop their ideas based on which they could contribute something new to the society... instead of developing the beneficiaries (economically) the NGO owners, in course of time, manage to accumulate huge personal properties to lead their lives lavishly.....this is the case with almost all the NGOs in our country....moreover, most of the development models they develop with financial support from (foreign and national) funding agencies and corporate bodies (under CSR programmes) end ,with the winding up of the project....The funding agencies are also not free from biasness... they are invariably pro-capitalist or pro-multinationals... in the name of development , they use the NGO people to collect the opinions of the general masses and report to the multinational agencies, who (multinational agencies) with the help of another expert agencies analyze our mass mind to give it a fine tune to distract it from social movements and involve in thinking to serve the interests  of the multinationals-capitalist class....this is how NGOs have become instrumental to propagate moribund capitalism’s ideas of degraded individualism among its beneficiary masses... such NGO actions have impact on whole society....possibly this (NGO activism) is one of the  factors responsible for strengthening and protecting the exploitative Indian state machine in the one hand and spreading the ideas of degraded individualism among the masses (especially among the youths).      

I have seen NGOs intervening in a particular places focusing on a particular social or economic issue and documenting the good outcomes of such interventions and on the basis of that documentation, they (funding NGOs or their master mind experts) do advocacy and lobbying with the government people (sometimes perform one to one interaction to influence the persons heading the government departments by offering lucrative packages) to take actions for policy change. Once they (NGOs) could change the policy on the particular issue of their interventions then the funders could earn million times more incomes than what they spent in one or two time-bound intervention project/s in the name of developing models for development to serve the interests of the downtrodden sections of our populations….

The government runs NGOs interventions in the health, education, rural development, etc sectors   are also not free form such limitations…. Their (Government run NGOs) main objective has been to lubricate the state machinery that has gradually been defunct and corrupted…such NGOs help/support the state machinery to activate and show newer directions for protecting the interests of the ruling class by befooling the common masses. SSA is a glaring example for this… It has helped the educational administrators in tightening their grip over the school teachers involving them in government activities even in constructing school buildings as contractors…similar is the case with NRHM, State level Livelihood Missions, and so on…Some of these foreign funding NGOs (DFID, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, Oxfam, Care, Action Aid, etc) have started their direct activities either in the fields or  in government departments (establishing well furnished offices therein) through the several issue-based programmes they support. They have been occupying government offices to run their activities…

Some vivid outcomes of Indian economy during post liberalization period can be witnessed  in the form of opening up of malls and development of mall culture, handing over of the power of control over fixing the oil prices to the oil companies ..,,,,,, cut in subsidy of fertilizers….government programmes for large scale displacement  of the masses to hand over land and natural resources to the multinationals and capitalist classes, state of constant inflation to make the Indian market at par with USA (in value terms)…. decrease in the value of money in terms of dollar (currency of a dying economy), etc… In short (other than destabilizing our masses) these are  a few  inevitable fallouts of our NGO’s interventions….

 Urs truly,

Madan

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