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

Aarthi Burthony aburtony001 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 00:45:29 PDT 2015

Dear Avinash,

Regarding the DPI issue, can you please indicate what is the official stand?

Thank you,


On 7/17/15, avinash shahi <shahi88avinash at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/dpi-allegations-completely-baseless-javed-abidi/article7431718.ece
> “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.
> Abidi.
> 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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