Indian government has contributed more than Ford Foundation to Setalvad’s organisation

But neither of them paid for the legal cases of the victims of the Gujarat riots. The Indian government has placed the Ford Foundation on a watchlist for giving funds to activist Teesta Setalvad’s organisations, claiming that the money was used for anti-national activities. But the irony of that charge, Setalvad says, it is the Union government that contributed the largest amount of funds to one of her organisations. The Ministry of Human Resource Development gave Rs 1.4 crore to Setalvad’s Sabrang Trust in 2011, outstripping the grant of Rs 1.2 crore made by the Ford Foundation to the organisation … Continue reading Indian government has contributed more than Ford Foundation to Setalvad’s organisation

India’s Chilling Crackdown

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD MAY 7, 2015 The Ford Foundation is among the world’s best-known charitable organizations, dispensing billions of dollars globally for projects aimed at reducing poverty, fighting injustice, improving education and advancing democracy. So it was alarming when India’s Ministry of Home Affairs last month placed the foundation, which has made $500 million in grants to organizations in India since 1952, on a national security watch list. That means it cannot give money to Indian groups without permission from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. The move shook the donor community and triggered fears of a broader crackdown on civic activism — … Continue reading India’s Chilling Crackdown

‘Ford Foundation under scanner for giving non-FCRA NGOs funds’

the government on Tuesday told Parliament that the international donor agency had funded several NGOs which were not registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA). “There are inputs from security agencies that some amounts have been credited from Ford Foundation to some NGOs which are not registered under the provisions of FCRA. Hence, to keep a watch on such recipients, the credits from Ford Foundation have been put under prior permission category,” Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha in a written reply on Tuesday.   Continue reading @ http://paper.hindustantimes.com/epaper/viewer.aspx Continue reading ‘Ford Foundation under scanner for giving non-FCRA NGOs funds’

Chilling-effect tag on NGO clampdown

Our Special Correspondent New Delhi, May 6: American ambassador Richard Verma today said he was concerned about the Narendra Modi government’s crackdown on non-profit groups receiving foreign funding, joining a growing chorus of US criticism over the move at a time bilateral relations are on an upswing. “I read with some concern the recent press reports on challenges faced by NGOs operating in India,” Verma said, speaking at the Ananta Aspen Centre, a think-tank. “I do worry about the potentially chilling effects of these regulatory steps focused on NGOs.” Verma argued that “those that act peacefully to seek change are not … Continue reading Chilling-effect tag on NGO clampdown

OPEN LETTER TO THE HONORABLE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA

May 2, 2015 Dear Mr. Prime Minister, We write to you today as members and representatives of Indian civil society organizations and, most importantly as Indian citizens, to express our deep concern at how civil society organizations in general and their support systems, including donors, are being labeled and targeted. Funds are being frozen, intelligence reports are being selectively released to paint NGOs in poor light, disbursal of funds are being subjected to case-by-case clearance, and their activities are reportedly being placed on ‘watch lists.’ As a result several NGO projects have shut down, donors are unable to support work, … Continue reading OPEN LETTER TO THE HONORABLE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA

Concern of the farmer has been conveniently forgotten

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 By Kuldip Nayar It is unfortunate that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is harassing and hounding the NGOs. Probably, the party’s leaders do not realize that many of its members were once themselves NGOs. When the Jana Sangh merged into the Janata Party after successfully resisting the authoritarian rule of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, they were part of the struggle to uphold human rights, which the then ruling Congress Party had trampled upon mercilessly. How can those very people be anti-NGOs now? Accounts of voluntary organizations are audited and checked by the Finance Ministry on a regular … Continue reading Concern of the farmer has been conveniently forgotten

US-INDIA DEMOCRATIC PARTNERS SAYS PM MODI; REALLY? ASKS WASHINGTON

THE CITIZEN BUREAU Friday, May 8, 2015 11:07:00 AM NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rather bland interview with the Time magazine, where the questions were broad and easy providing a platform for him to speak without counter questions, claimed that India and the US “are natural allies.” And suggested that the two are equal partners as, “the way we should look at it is what India and the U.S can together do for the world….strengthening democratic values all over the world.” Continue reading @ http://www.thecitizen.in/NewsDetail.aspx?Id=3515&US-INDIA/DEMOCRATIC/PARTNERS/SAYS/PM/MODI;/REALLY?/ASKS/WASHINGTON Continue reading US-INDIA DEMOCRATIC PARTNERS SAYS PM MODI; REALLY? ASKS WASHINGTON