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RSS slams US for criticising India’s action against foreign NGOs

Questions defence of Ford Foundation, Greenpeace; says respect India’s sovereignty

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: May 11, 2015 9:42:59 am
RSS, Ford foundation, Greenpeace, RSS NGOs, Greenpeace India added that despite that ruling, MHA had blocked a sum of approximately Rs 1 crore sent by Greenpeace International on March 23. (Source: PTI photo)

Slamming the US for its criticism of Indian government’s action against Ford Foundation and Greenpeace, the RSS has warned the foreign country that it should respect the sovereignty and cultural ethos of India, otherwise it will be seen as a foreign policy intervention.

Accusing the two international NGOs of diverting funds without following the rules and attempting to block the country’s development, the editorial in the latest issue of RSS mouthpiece Organiser said: “…the US jumping the gun in defence of international NGOs and seeking ‘clarification’ from the biggest democracy ratify the fears of them being US agencies, as alleged by some research works in the US. If the US or for that matter any country wants to come clean on the issue of foreign funding for raising ‘rights-based issues’, they have to respect the sovereignty and cultural ethos of the home country.”

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The editorial added: “Otherwise, NGOism will always be perceived as another un-civil instrument of foreign policy intervention in the name of civil society.”

The editorial, titled as “The un-civil intervention”, has also questioned whether the US would allow such violations by so-called non-profit and non-political NGOs in their own country.

Asking whether it was a “coincidence that every developmental initiative taken by India is blocked by some or the other NGO lobby”, it said: “Interestingly, in most of the cases they have connections with organisations propagating a particular religion or undemocratic ideology. Why India should not see opposition to all kinds of self-sufficiency in power generation as threat to energy security? The functioning of these NGOs time and again raises doubts about their non-profit and non-political nature.”

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