American Funding of Hindu Hate Organizations Exposed
- From: "Qahir Al-Ashrar" <alrajul_almonasib@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:06:59 -0400
American Funding of Hindu Hate Organizations Exposed
By IOL South Asia Correspondent
NEW DELHI, November 22 (IslamOnline) - "Spread of sectarian hate in India can be halted if the money flowing from the U.S. to the anti-Muslim, anti-Christian Sangh Parivar [RSS family] organizations involved in this nefarious design stops," said Biju Mathew, Professor, Rider University, New Jersey, U.S., at a press conference in Delhi Wednesday, November 20.
The press conference was organized to expose huge funding of Hindu hate organizations through U.S.-based charities. A campaign to halt the funding for spreading hate in India has been formally launched with the publication at the press conference of a comprehensive report about this funding.
Called "The Foreign Exchange of Hate," this 91-page report is now available on the Internet at http://www.stopfundinghate.org .
The press conference was organized by "The Campaign to Stop Funding Hate" (CSFH), a U.S.-based NGO to release its report which has been painstakingly compiled using published and unpublished sources about this funding which is routing to the hate outfits through "cultural" and "educational" front organizations floated by them in various parts of India.
CSFH is an organization of people from all walks of life sharing a common concern that sectarian hatred in India was being fuelled by money flowing in from the U.S.
"Not only India, the U.S. has also become a nation of hateful Hinduism, thanks to the RSS and the India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), a U.S.-based 'charity' which has been providing millions of dollars to organizations connected with the Sangh Parivar," said Biju Mathew, a core member of CSFH.
The report, based on detailed analysis by a team of dedicated U.S. and Indian researchers, is a testimony to the misuse of fund by the IDRF which it obtains from leading companies in the U.S. in the name of "secular activities" in India .
According to the report, the IDRF submitted an application for tax exemption certificates to the Internal Revenue Service of the U.S. The Form 1023 filed by the IDRF in 1989 identifies nine representative organizations like Sewa Bharti (Delhi) and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (Gujarat) that the IDRF sought to support in India.
Surprisingly, all the nine organizations mentioned by the IDRF belong to the RSS family. Highlighting the main points, the report details disbursement of about $4 million between 1994 and 2000 to dozens of Sangh organizations by the IDRF mostly used for persecuting Muslims and Christians. In 2000 alone, using U.S. government tax exemption status for charities, it collected $1.7 million.
The distribution of IDRF funds by ideology is as follows - 83 percent to the RSS, VHP and other RSS family organizations, 8 percent to other Hindu and Jain religious organizations, 2 percent to secular organizations and 7 percent to unknown ideology. That means most of the funds went in for anti-Muslim, anti-Christian programs in India .
Similarly, 69 percent of the funds were directly provided for the Hinduisation efforts, re-conversion to Hinduism and on education to tribesmen and Hindus living in rural areas on fascist lines. Only 15 percent of the rest was spent on relief, 8 percent on welfare and health and 4 percent on "development." Share of religious activities other than Hindu was only 2 percent. However, most of the "development" was in terms of building Hindu temples and other such sectarian activities.
The campaign activists are of the views that the IDRF was not only encouraging communal hatred in India , but in the U.S. also. Because of its partisan role, Hinduism in the U.S. has been becoming a less respected religion.
They said that funds coming from abroad for the minority-run organizations in India reach them only after a thorough investigation by the authorities, while the same procedures are not always applied to the RSS family organizations. Blaming the central government, they said since the major party of this coalition government [BJP] is the political wing of the RSS family, so the strict procedures are not followed in their case.
The activists were disappointed with the ill-treatment meted out to the minorities in India by states and the Center.
They said that such misuse of donations had been harming the Indo-American community, and if it was not stopped, the funds for genuine relief work and other developmental programs would be reduced to the minimum.
They also announced the launch of "Project Saffron Dollar" to bring to an end the collection and transfer of funds from the U.S. to organizations spreading sectarian hatred in India .
The campaign filed a petition November 19 in the U.S. seeking immediate cessation of the transfer of funds to IDRF. It has also dispatched its report to ten leading U.S. corporations to prevent IDRF from using their facilities for fund raising.
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