But you know Amnest

But you know Amnesty International and all these human rights guys say hanging is wrong It might be very hard for the post-colonial generations in former colonized nations to understand what they see as paranoia about allowing Western intervention on their soil in the name of human rights aid etc But both Indira Gandhi and Lee Kuan Yew belonged to a generation that had lived the horrors of Western colonialism and were justifiably wary Put another way it must never be forgotten that the freedom struggle was fundamentally fought to achieve two ends: to drive out the oppressive alien occupier and to unite India as one nation a unity that should remain non-negotiable Jammu and Kashmir included And unless this fundamental integral premise is not forgotten it will become clear that the protracted violence and sloganeering that continues in the name of the so-called azadi for Kashmiri Muslims is not a debate much less “a point of view” Kashmiri rapper Roshan Ellahi also known as MC Kash centre is confronted by Indian police at an event organised by Amnesty International in Bengaluru AP And this is precisely what vast sections of our academia media intelligentsia and policy wonks want us to forget when they cynically throw around diversionary labels like “human rights” “hypernationalism” and so on This is the context in which we need to examine the ongoing fracas that Amnesty International India instigated in Bengaluru under the garb of human rights abuses by the Indian army against Kashmiri Muslims I don’t wish to dwell at length on the ongoing issue because it’s merely the latest manifestation of a rot whose roots go much farther back in time Suffice to ask a few questions to Amnesty: Why hasn’t it interviewed even one Kashmir Pandit over more than two decades after lakhs of them were forced out of the Valley by the selfsame Azadi torchbearers And why hasn’t Amnesty shown the sorry plight of the families of the slain Indian soldiers fighting to protect our borders More importantly why hasn’t it interviewed the perpetrators of the worst human rights abuses the Jihadi groups and their enablers who violently execute this noble task of ‘Azadi’ And what was the crying need for Amnesty to organise an event of such a nature — knowing well that it would lead to controversy — in the first place Equally the timing of the event also arouses a doubt: is it to keep the flames of sympathy for the slain terrorist Burhan Wani still burning The answers will become evident the moment we hold the mirror to Amnesty International specifically and to the entire West-and-Church-funded Human Rights cottage industry Human Rights as an interventionist model The Western Human Rights cottage industry follows the historical colonial model of saving souls and the white man’s burden repackaged to fit contemporary times Its core doctrine is dictated by interference in the affairs of independent nations using whatever tools are deemed fit including think tanks bureaucracy local advocacy groups universities and the media We can turn to Lee Kuan Yew again: …nail your colours to the mast defend it and say “This is my flag this is what I believe in I believe in open debate arguments persuasion I hope to win by votes” But start manipulating innocent professional groups cultural groups and make them support political causes whether its freedom of the foreign press or whatever then I say you are looking for unpleasant linkages with what has happened in the past” [Emphasis added] And more crucially “We allow American journalists in Singapore in order to report Singapore to their fellow countrymen…But we cannot allow them to assume a role in Singapore that the American media play in America that is that of invigilator adversary and inquisitor of the administration” Now apply this to the Indian situation and notice how dangerously true this has turned out From Amnesty International to the clutch of foreign media houses with a single-minded agenda of demonising and pressuring the Narendra Modi government on mostly phony grounds and causing mini-conflicts at regular intervals Would the US or UK allow say a desi version of Amnesty International to pry into its racism police brutality illegal detentions and spying on private citizens in the name of homeland security It’s a beautiful model though: first identify a target country for intervention and concoct a random narrative of human rights abuses there and when that country’s government protests portray such protest as a proof of the poor human rights record of the country It is nobody’s claim that there are no human rights abuses in India or anywhere else the world The point is that every country has its own ways of dealing with it and no external agency should be accorded permission to interfere in the internal affairs of independent nations Would the US or UK allow say a desi version of Amnesty International to pry into its racism police brutality illegal detentions and spying on private citizens in the name of homeland security Amnesty International India is thus precisely a case in point The slogan shouters its volunteers its donors and supporters are all mostly Indian citizens participating in alien agendas that include abusing and demoralising the Indian armed forces and escalating social and gender tensions among others Revisiting Amnesty International in India It might come as a surprise but Amnesty International was allowed to open shop in India only as late as in 2012 However a short trip to the past reveals this interventionist agenda it has always had for Kashmir and Punjab to begin with We can examine excerpts from just three Congressional records: The Congressional House Record of 10 June 1991 Placed by Rep Dan Burton here’s how it reads: “…the President shall report to the Congress whether the Government of India is implementing a policy which prevents representatives of Amnesty International…from visiting India in order to monitor human rights conditions…” And if India still disallowed entry to Amnesty “all development assistance for India shall be terminated” And on Kashmir “the Congress…demands that the Government of India open the borders of…Jammu and Kashmir to Amnesty International…to permit an accurate assessment of of the human rights situation…” This is the same Dan Burton who later was part of the team of US politicians who participated in denying the Visa to Narendra Modi The Congressional (House) Record of 10 May 2000 (Extensions of Remarks) Tabled by Rep Edolphus Towns cities an Amnesty International report that falsely blamed the then NDA government as responsible for the killing of 36 Sikhs at Chithi Singhpora More tellingly Towns says America “should also support…plebiscites in Kashmir in Christian Nagaland and throughout India This is the way to bring real freedom peace prosperity and stability to South Asia” [Emphasis added] The Congressional (House) Record of 1 June 2004 (Extensions of Remarks) Tabled yet again by Rep Edolphus Towns makes Punjab a part of “Khalistan” It’s instructive to read this record at some length: "Mr Speaker on 12 May the Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness conducted a hearing into human-rights violations in Kashmir and in Punjab Khalistan…Witnesses travelled from Kashmir…to testify Those testifying included… Mr T Kumar Advocacy Director—Asia Amnesty International…Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai… India claims to be democratic but it is really a brutal tyranny… Amnesty International hasnot been allowed into Punjab since 1978…" [Emphasis added] What does this tell India about Amnesty’s alarming reach in the highest corridors of the US government Given this it’s hard not to appreciate the farsightedness of past Indian governments which had accurately assessed its true character and kept it out of India The role of Amnesty in India can also be examined in tandem in light of its aggressive campaign against denying the US visa to Narendra Modi and its nexus with the global Human Rights Award industry with generous backing of Evangelists of all hues We can turn to the meticulously researched work NGOs Activists and Foreign Funds by Vigil Chennai first published in 2006: "No Indian government will allow Amnesty International …to set foot inside this country… Amnesty International …will ask neither the Indian government for the truth facts and figures…[but] will ask the likes of Teesta Setalvad Harsh Mander and Kathy Sreedhar…" (Page 251) The book informs us how in the year 2000 a certain Martin Macwan a Christian from Gujarat received these awards: the Magsaysay and the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award And one William Schulz former Executive Director of Amnesty International Smita Narula of Human Rights Watch and Kathy Sreedhar of the Holdeen India Fund recommended Macwan’s name to the judges Now Schulz is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and served as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association And Amnesty’s deep links with the Evangelicals show up more distinctively in its campaign to deny Modi the US visa Here’s Zahir Janmohamed former Amnesty employee: "In March 2005 the United States denied a visa to Gujarat’s chief minister Narendra Modi…it came about from a highly unusual coalition made up of Indian-born activists evangelical Christians Jewish leaders and Republican members of Congress…I had a front-row seat to these events as they unfolded I worked in Washington DC from 2003 to 2011 mostly at Amnesty International and in the United States Congress and I was a part of the campaign to deny Mr Modi a visa…" And how Amnesty bullied talk show host Chris Mathews by writing a letter “to American Express asking it to withdraw its sponsorship of the conference” with Narendra Modi Of course the conference never happened because Modi’s visa was denied Funding Sources Conflicts of Interest Indeed if Amnesty International operates with seeming impunity on this scale it is also because of its funding and its labyrinthine web of relationships which continue to cause controversy Founded in 1961 by the Catholic lawyer Peter Beneson Amnesty International was infiltrated early on by the UK Intelligence The book Like Water on Stone: The Story of Amnesty International says: "Beneson’s suspicious about Amnesty’s collusion with the [UK] Foreign Office continued to fester in his mind…the Labour Party [Government’s] obvious embarrassment over the Aden issue deepened his suspicions that someone was working to keep the matter quiet And top of his list of suspects was Robert Swann…[who] had worked for the British Foreign Office in Bangkok…Beneson began to suspect that Swann and…his colleagues were part of a British Intelligence conspiracy to subvert Amnesty… He contacted Sean MacBride [founding member of Amnesty and former Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army]… another bombshell exploded An American source disclosed that CIA money was going to a US organization of jurists which in turn contributed funds to the International Commission of Jurists of which Sean MacBride was secretary…Beneson became convinced that MacBride was tied up in a CIA network" (Pages 127-128) This co-founder of Amnesty International Sean MacBride went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize Subsequently a Sean MacBride Peace Prize was instituted in his honour In 2000 the Communist journalist and author Praful Bidwai and Delhi University Professor Achin Vanaik were awarded the MacBride Peace Prize The NGO watchdog website NGO Monitor has this to say about Amnesty’s funding: "Although AI claims that it does not “accept any funds for human rights research from governments or political parties from governments or political parties” it has received governmental funding including from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the European Commission the Netherlands the United States and Norway" NGO Monitor has also published a monograph titled Amnesty International: Failed Methodology Corruption and Anti-Israel Bias in which it details the various irregularities committed by Amnesty As corroboration we can also look at the International Business Times which published a report on Amnesty’s funding anomalies: …the messy and somewhat mysterious departure of Shetty’s predecessor Irene Khan cast a harsh glare on Amnesty’s internal strife and financial issues Khan who had led the organization since 2001 was given a severance pay package of more than 533000 ($760000 in 2012 currency) while her deputy Kate Gilmore received a hefty 325244 ($493000) payout… An Australian blogger thundered: “I am not sure about an international organisation that collects donations and then pays the leaving secretary- general 533103 or 4 times her yearly wage. 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