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Foreign Funds And Indian Civil Society – How Foreign Money Shapes National Discourse

This talk by C. Surendranath outlines the impact of foreign funding of non-profits in India and analyses the fund flows to India that are regulated by the FCRA Act, 2010. Various data points are presented on: Fund amounts being transferred to Indian non-profit entities The nature of donors and the nature of recipients The uses to which this money is put. This data is utilized to study major donors, recipients and see how they jointly shape the directions that civil society takes. The talk presents different approaches that they take such as: Lobbying the legislature for law making Filing public interest litigation for directing the course of judicial activism Participating in social services provided by the executive arm of the Indian State This is followed by some specific instances that have captured the attention of the Indian public such as the Jallikattu ban, the RTE Act – it’s draft, passage and enforcement as well as others that have not – Childline services, prison visits and building trafficking databases. Finally, Surendranath discuss the motives behind these …

Dr. Pankaj Jain chats with Sahana Singh on Bishnois and Indic Environmentalism

Dr Pankaj Jain is currently editor of the Hinduism section for the Encyclopedia of Indian Religions (Springer) and also writing a book on the history of Jains and Hindus in the Americas. His two published books are Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains (2017) and Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (2011). He is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas where he teaches courses on religions, cultures, ecologies, and films of India and Asia. He tweets at @ProfPankajJain In this video Dr. Jain speaks to Sahana Singh on the topic of Bishnois, their orgins, stories and history of dharmic environmentalism in the light of the recent court verdict against Salman Khan for killing a black buck. Incidentally it was the testimony of a member of the Bishnoi community which clinched the verdict against the Bollywood actor.