Unlike Mr SD Sharma, I am not an Indian, a Hindu or Brahman. Like you
I knew Mrs Aruna Roy, in a professional capacity connected with
sponsorship and funding activities.
My 2 pence says that Mrs Roy has many facets to her personality and
the evolving discussion here brings out many seemingly incompatible
aspects of her character and
the dichotomy between the public's perception and the private reality :)
On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM, Malay Dewanji <firstname.lastname@example.org
> Dear Mr. S. D. Sharma,
> I have gone through your mail. As far as I know the idea of rai harvesting
> belonged to Mr. Sanjit Bunker Roy and the professional architect called
> Neehar just put it on the paper . It happens everywhere and the credit must
> go to the original thinker.
> However, I do not want any debate with you regarding this.
> But some of languages show that you are a Hindu High caste Brhmyanabadi
> person and therefore, I protest against your statement about Mr. and Mrs
> Roy. I personally know Mrs. Aruna Roy, former IAS and a dedicated Social
> Activist, who relentlessly fought in favour of agricultural labourers and as
> a result of her tireless effort, RTI Act had been passed in India. Though I
> do not believe now in Marxism and Maoism, but I believe that many activities
> of Mr. and Mrs. Roy are very much helpful to the development and
> empowerment of the poor and oppressed. All the people of India must extend
> full support towards their humanitarian effort.
> With all best wishes.
> Yours sincerely
> Malay Dewanji
> Editor, GANABIKASH
> A Bengali News Magazine.
> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 7:42 PM, S.D. Sharma <email@example.com
>> "Bunker Roy's wife Aruna Roy, is a Maoist"
>> "One Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy was given a prize by the Aga Khan foundation for
>> having developed rainwater harvesting structures. Later investigations by
>> The Week clearly revealed that he had hired a professional architect called
>> Neehar Raina to get the job done. Upon this exposure, Aga Khan Foundation
>> changed its citation to fit in with the known facts! A secularly shameless
>> non-communal Roy, ended up by returning his prize. Bunker Roy's wife Aruna
>> Roy, is a Maoist and has worked closely with AID. Like many who have worked
>> closely with AID in its undeclared mission of national subversion, she too
>> has been awarded a prize by the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation."
>> "AID is a secretive organisation which enjoys the full political support
>> of the UPA Government in New Delhi. It was AID which extended generous
>> financial support to Sandeep Pandey, founder of ASHA and a known Naxalite
>> sympathizer, to undertake a political trip to Pakistan some years ago."
>> " 'Apart from CAIR, a few of the groups that AID associates itself with
>> are ASHA for Education (ASHA), Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI),
>> (The Youth Wing of the Communist Party of India-Marxist), and Friends of
>> South Asia (FOSA). Each of these organisations has dubious credentials. And
>> many of the volunteers of organisations like ASHA and FOSA are also
>> volunteers for AID. In many cases, the same group of people is behind
>> multiple organisations with pompous-sounding names and uses them as
>> money-generating schemes. Thus it comes as no surprise to know that Anu
>> Mandavilli, a spokesperson for FOSA, is also an editor AID's monthly
> Malay Dewanji
> Hony. General Secretary, LAMP, Kolkata.
> Hony. Secretary General, AIAVA, New Delhi.