[AI] News of Interest: DPI allegations completely baseless: Javed Abidi

avinash shahi shahi88avinash at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 00:04:55 PDT 2015

I will not prefix much to this story however have several articles to
substantiate that the Chair in question publickly maintained last year
in India that "disability is a apolitical" issue. Its very political.
The issue of less representation of the global south is well-taken
however if we understand this in larger context its in all
organisations be it WTO,IMF or other disability NGOs such as handicap
International and the Rotery club. Its real-politics and is pervasive
in all organisations. In India, disability organisations function in
such manner where individuals become bigger than organisations.

“I am very much the global chair of Disabled Peoples’ International
[DPI]. The so-called statement that is circulating is not an authentic
or an authorised statement from the DPI executive council,” Javed
Abidi told The Hindu .

His reaction comes in the wake of a statement issued by the DPI world
council recently stating the Mr. Abidi’s autocratic leadership style
had damaged the council’s image.

DPI is grassroots, cross-disability network with member organisations
in over 110 countries.

Mr. Abidi added that this was false claim that has been made by a
bunch of his detractors. “The hollowness of this claim can be gauged
by just the following fact. The DPI world council [with political
representation from all over the world] has 34 members. Of them, only
five were physically present in Dhaka.”

He noted that all decisions that are being labelled as “autocratic”
were taken by the DPI executive council and world council in an open,
transparent, and democratic manner.“The slander campaign is reflective
of a larger malaise of the global disability movement,” said Mr.

He noted that richer nations were controlling the discourse on
disability issues.

“If you look around, global disability organisations have people from
the global north controlling their governance,” he said.

Speaking about problems he faced while working with DPI, Mr. Abidi
said that “800 million of the world’s one billion people with
disabilities live in the global south. Yet, the powers and decision
making of the disability movement have been historically in the hands
of the global north. My election as the DPI global chair was in that
sense, reflective of a stirring within the global south.”

“Given that the power structure has been questioned, it is expected
that the ones who have ruled the roost for 30 years would try every
trick in the book to ensure that the reforms that my colleagues in the
DPI executive and world council are trying to bring fail.”

He added that strict action will be taken against those who are
responsible for this attempted coup of sorts.

Abidi added that strict action will be taken against those who are
responsible for the attempted coup of sorts

Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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