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The Wages Of Dissent

The swadeshi outfits live on government funding, their 'oppositional' politics notwithstanding

The Wages Of Dissent
Jitender Gupta
The Wages Of Dissent
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The earnestness, or the lack of it, in Thengadi and Co's criticism of the bjp-led government becomes evident when one learns that a 'grassroots' organisation like the Swadeshi Jagaran Foundation (sjf), which just two years ago had a corpus fund of Rs 8.5 lakh, has metamorphosed into a high-profile event management group of sorts, and now commands a budget of Rs 8 crore. The sjf travel bills alone total a whopping Rs 30 lakh a year.

The need or the greed to corner financial resources is precisely the reason why the rss has virtually taken over crucial government funding agencies like the Council of People's Action and Rural Technology (capart), which disburses crores of rupees to ngos every year. The sjf, of which the sjm and the Centre for Bharatiya Marketing Development (cbmd) are affiliates, has been drawing funds with assistance from its activists who are now part of capart.

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