George Soros: Comrade targets academics
by B S Harishankar on 05 Mar 2020 107 Comments

After the formal treaty disintegrating the former USSR was signed at Belovezhskaya Puschcha on December 8, 1991, multi-billionaire comrade George Soros stepped in. As early as 1993, Soros announced that he was setting up a new foundation with hundred million dollars of his personal wealth to support basic research and science education in Former Soviet Union (henceforth FSU). Designated as the International Science Foundation for FSU, the new fund was designed to provide emergency relief for researchers and try to reverse brain drain of scientists to the west. Soros dubbed his new foundation ‘Noah’s Ark’, meant to rescue the scientific community.


Before Soros made his announcement in Washington, Russian Minister of Science and Technology, Boris Saltykov, told media in Moscow that the proposed funding procedures by Soros are certain to shake up traditional science establishment in FSU, as it shall select only the most creative people, leading to a shift in power from the apparatchiks to the scientists themselves (Soros Fund Launches ‘Noah’s Ark’ with $100 Million for Science in FSU, Physics Today, Jan. 1993). Soros thus established the International Science Foundation (ISF) with a grant of $100 million to support basic science and scientists in New York and Moscow.


In 2015, Russia branded the NGOs run by George Soros, including the Open Society Foundations (OSF), a threat to the country’s constitutional order and banned them from disbursing grants to Russian partners (Russia bans two Soros foundations from disbursing grants, The Guardian, Nov 30, 2015). It said the activity of  Soros, Open Society Foundation and Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation represent a threat to the foundations of the Russian Federation and the security of the state.                                                                                                   


“Any left-wing group of any consequence at all is getting Soros money,” said Scott Walter, president of the Capital Research Center. “In my decades of studying left-wing groups, I almost never find a group that lacks funding from Soros”. Soros has been a key funder through his OSF for a left-wing network of protest groups, including the Center for Popular Democracy (George Soros-funded network drives anti-Kavanaugh activism, The Washington Times, Oct 8, 2018).


To understand the intervention of Soros in global academics, it is necessary to identify his association with evangelical groups. Reports say, “there is evidence that the progressive evangelical organization ‘Sojourners’, headed by Jim Wallis, had received grants from the Open Society Institute, the foundation of left-wing billionaire George Soros (Soros Funding of Sojourners Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg, National Review, Aug 25, 2010).


A remarkable set of documents was unearthed  recently, showing how George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center made heavy donations to two faith-based organizations, Pacific Institute for Community Organization (PICO) and Faith in Public Life (FPL) - which also ran activist grassroots networks (Soros’ Catholic useful idiots, The Washington Times, Aug 30, 2016). A recent report from the American Association of Evangelicals reveals how Soros, through his many funding ventures, has been busily infiltrating the Christian base in America to divide, and ultimately conquer, the religious minded within the Republican Party (George Soros and his ‘rented evangelicals’ outed by Christian leaders, The Washington Times, Oct. 22, 2018).


Soros is not a recent interlocutor in shaping the alliance between communism and the church. Raphael Samuel in his study of British Marxist historians from 1880 to 1980, describes the commitment of communists to ‘missionary’ work and narrates how communism became a ‘crusading order’ and put forward a complete scheme of social salvation. In the Christian-Marxist dialogues, prominent participants from the Marxist side were R. Garaudy, V. Gardavsky, M. Machovec and E. Bloch. Christian theologians included H. Hromadka, A. Dumas, G. Girardi, K. Rahner, J. Bentley and J.M. Gonzalez-Ruiz.


Central European University (CEU), which opened in Budapest, Hungary, in 1991, was founded by George Soros after the collapse of the Soviet Union, as an alternative recruitment and training centre for left intellectuals. He gave the university an $880 million endowment, making it one of the wealthiest in Europe. The CEU has been forced out of Hungary by PM Viktor Orbán’s government, who accused Soros of funding a “Soros plan” to erase national identities and increase migration flows to Europe (University founded by George Soros ‘forced out’ of Hungary, The Guardian, Oct. 25, 2018). According to a transcript of his speech, Soros called the legal battle with Orbán’s government “an epic struggle against a repressive regime”, a phrase commonly used by left groups (Soros-founded university opens new Vienna campus after Hungary forces it out, The Times of Israel, Nov. 16, 2019).


The CEU launched its ambitious plan in Kerala in collaboration with Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) under a left government. Prof. Istvan Perczel from CEU is a scholar on Byzantine history and Medieval Christianity, and one of the patrons of the dubious Pattanam excavations in Kerala, supervised by left historians under KCHR. Prof. Perczel delivered a lecture at Thiruvananthapuram on the historical legacy of Kerala Christianity (History of Kerala Christianity: Documents, monuments and methodological challenges, The Hindu, Feb. 12, 2008). Formerly he sent a letter to KCHR giving his benediction and highlighting, “According to tradition, Musiris was also the port where the apostle St. Thomas landed and the epics of indigenous south Indian Christianity started. This discovery opens immense new perspectives for scholarship, so I wish all success for continuation”. (Muziris Heritage Project-Pattanam Excavations, 2008, KCHR, Thiruvananthapuram).


Istvan Perczel under Central European University sponsors the Biblical project, History of Kerala Christianity on the Basis of Newly Found Documents: Methodological Challenges and Possible Answers (Talk at the IIS Centre for Contemporary Studies, July 24, 2008). The work is carried out by an Indian NGO registered in Kerala, Association for the Preservation of the Saint Thomas Christian Heritage, in close collaboration with the Marxist sponsored Kerala Council of Historical Research. Istvan Perczel is a founding member of this NGO.



In January 2018, Istvan Perczel was honoured with Distinguished Visiting Professorship (three lectures) at Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala, under the Erudite Scholar-in-Residence programme of the Kerala State Higher Education Council under the current Left government.


Pattanam is currently linked with Keezhadi archaeological site in Tamil Nadu, excavated by ASI, but virtually controlled by Father Gasper Raj, who is involved in multiple activities in support of LTTE, a Sri Lankan group designated by the US State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (Douglas C. Lovelace Jr., Esq., 2008, Terrorism: Documents of International and Local Control, Academic, OUP, Vol. 91).


Earlier in 2015, a think tank backed by George Soros strongly expressed to increase its presence in India, according to Robert Johnson, president of the Institute New Economic Thinking (I-Net). I-Net is already working with the Azim Premji University in Bengaluru since 2012 to conduct joint workshops and seminars on Indian development issues (George Soros-backed I-Net wants to increase India presence, Livemint, Jan 13, 2015).


Recently at the World Economic Forum at Davos, on January 2020, Soros lamented, “Nationalism, far from being reversed, made further headway. The biggest and most frightening setback occurred in India where a democratically elected Narendra Modi is creating a Hindu nationalist state imposing punitive measures on Kashmir, a semi-autonomous Muslim region and threatening to deprive millions of Muslims of their citizenship” (George Soros laments rising nationalism, says biggest setback in India, The Times of India, Jan 25, 2020). World Economic Forum is an NGO and Davos is a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland.


Social activist and founder editor-in-chief of Goa Chronicle, Savio Rodrigues, lashed out at George Soros, calling him a liar trying to divide India by creating discord between Hindus, Muslims and Christians.


User Comments Post a Comment

Back to Top