It’s becoming clearer by the day that the toolkit wasn’t the handiwork of some 21-year-old climate activists — major international names were likely involved.
Nikita Jacob, who has a non-bailable warrant issued against her for her involvement in creating the toolkit, has said that an organization called Extinction Rebellion was behind the toolkit. “Climate activist Nikita Jacob, who is involved in the controversial “Toolkit” document case related to farmers’ protest, has admitted that there was a Zoom meeting before Republic Day, which was attended by Poetic Justice Foundation founder MO Dhaliwal, and other fellow activists including Disha Ravi. In a document submitted by Jacob’s lawyer to Mumbai police, she claimed that the “Toolkit” was being prepared by Extinction Rebellion (XR) India volunteers for presenting the whole picture with a simple breakdown for an international audience,” Times of India reported yesterday.
Now Extinction Rebellion isn’t name that would immediately ring a bell for most of India, but it is a group founded in UK in 2018 that has a stated aim of “using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse”. It had risen to prominence in the UK, when its members had brought the city of London to a standstill, supposedly to protest against climate change.
In India, Extinction Rebellion has several chapters, with its website claiming that it has members in Goa, Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Odisha, Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, and other places. It claims to fight for social and climate change, and has previously urged its members to take to the streets in “rebellion”.
But what’s more interesting is who funds Extinction Rebellion. In 2019, someone from Extinction Rebellion Finland had — much like Greta Thuberg — left some of the organization’s Google documents open to the public. An anonymous source had then saved them, and shared them on a WordPress blog.
It was a detailed document , which spoke of the aims and the missions of the organization. But the most interesting bit was the section on funding — it had a familiar name on it. George Soros had been listed as one of the funders the organization, and the spreadsheet had linked to Soros’s Open Society Foundations initiative next to his name. Curiously, his was the only name on the list where the donated amount had been blanked out in red.
This leak had come from an anonymous source, but given that the entire document had been made open to the public, has some credibility. The news of funding of Extinction Rebellion by George Soros had also been covered by several outlets back then, including Breitbart and Sputnik News.
Now one might ask why an organization that claims to fight climate change would create a detailed toolkit to protest farmer’s laws which are, without question, beneficial for the environment, but George Soros has publicly declared that the election of the Modi government is a “frightening setback” for the world. It’s perhaps for this reason that a Soros-funded organization created a toolkit that attempted to give international prominence to the farmers’ protest in India, and also included links to a document that spoke of disrupting the “yoga and chai” image of the country. But even as left-liberals attempt to defend the toolkit creators as being “soft-spoken”, or “dog-lovers”, or “vegans”, it is becoming increasingly hard to refute the fact that the toolkit — and possibly the Delhi violence that followed — was orchestrated from outside of India by influential and moneyed players.