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Bill Gates: Either you donate and forget or dont donate at all

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 17th April 2011

I came across this article “Dark side of giving: The rise of philanthro-capitalism”This articles talks about the probable hidden agendas of philanthopists.
“Most African [Bharatiy too] leaders are only keen on projecting the agony of their people for international support in dollars,” laments Som Pal. “A complete nexus between institutions, large corporations and narrow, vested interests are at work.”
Elements of this trend can be seen in Bharat too.This isn’t disturbing. As we know our political leaders look at everything as money vending machines.

Som Pal continues “They are using the pitiable condition of the African people to get a foothold into the continent. Their large philanthropic resources are being utilised to further the interests of business.” In countries with weak governance mechanisms, like in Africa, it becomes a lot easier.

I’m not against using their resources for the business purposes but once the money is donated for philanthropy then why to bring business interest in it. Either you donate and forget or dont donate at all.

The Gates Foundation’s sheer clout is taking it, intentionally or unintentionally, to places where policy, business and philanthropy intersect. There are its business and investment links with large companies that are driven by the profit motive. There is its growing stranglehold in the policy-making space across emerging markets, especially in education, healthcare and agriculture.

The Gates Foundation invested $23.1-million  in Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of GM seeds.

Civil society organisations see it as vindication of what they had always suspected: the unstated agenda of pushing GM crops into Africa

Public health activist Mira Shiva says:

Doubts about his (Bill Gates) larger motives, despite some good outcomes of his charity, are beginning to cloud my thinking,” concedes Mira.  “It’s a crisis of accountability today,” says Shiva. “It’s no more accountability of corporations or philanthropists alone; the government too has a lot to answer.”

Two emails sent by ET to the Gates Foundation, on December 29 and March 22, went unanswered.

Courtesy: ET

Monsanto in Gates’ clothing‘ Eric Holt-Gimenez:

He points out that about 80% of the Gates Foundation’s allocation to Kenya has gone into biotech research; in 2008, about 30% of its agri-development funds went into promoting and developing GM seeds.

Gates foundation open to initiatives in Bihar agriculture sector

Bill Gates announced Wednesday in Patna the Foundation is interested in expanding cooperation to agricultural sector in Bihar. He goes on to say “want to expand scope of phylanthropy in Bharat

Interestingly “Gates foundation to stop funding HIV programmes“. Do we need to be carefull about this step seeing what he is supporting in Rawanda, African countries?

Some serious questions arise about the intentions of such philanthropists. This kind of attitude and behavior isn’t ethical.

Jai Bharat!

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